Genentech

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Genentech Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.7 736 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(283 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Potential for work-life balance still exists in some jobs(in 41 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors(in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out(in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to(in 22 reviews)

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    Contract work

    Research Associate (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsPros of working here is that you get access to top talent and technologies. Everyone here is so incredibly smart that a lot of ideas can be casually developed if you establish good relationships.

    A lot of opportunities to learn and grow as well as get your foot in the door.

    Beautiful campus, a lot of convenient services like dining hall and shuttles

    An abundance of social opportunities hosted by the company.

    ConsSeems like your degree does have some weight in your career development. People with masters develop their careers on one track while scientist do so on another. I think its rare for masters students to jump onto the phd track. Not sure about this thought.

    Expectations are high and if you don't have the personality for it, the pressure could break you like an egg. Or a glass cup. Or a plastic chair for children.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGreat environment. Fantastic team. Have to be flexible and establish networking. Nice work life balance. Senior Management is great

    ConsSlow upward movement. Constantly changing managers. Opportunities for career growth is very limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat Company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCulture, people, science, salary/benefits, innovation

    ConsI can not think of any

    Advice to Senior Managementkeeping hiring bright people and promote from within

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Co-op Early Stage Purification

    Co-Op (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsThe company value its employees and everyone is passionate about their work. It was a very nice opportunity for me to work there as a co-op student.

    ConsI can't think of something. I was there only for 6 months.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice experience during quick stay

    Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsAmazing products, teams, staff,compensation, perks, events and incentives

    ConsI felt that there were lots of politics involved with promotion or advancing to a full-time employee from contract position

    Advice to Senior ManagementEquality in the promotion process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Work Culture

    QC Analyst (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsBig company with a many perks and ways to move up

    ConsIf you are a contractor they treat you horribly

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great internship program

    Intern (Former Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsGenentech has a well established intern program and provides many development events and opportunities for development. Also, the cafeteria food is good.

    ConsLarge campus so can be difficult to meet people. Interactions seem to be isolated to within your building.

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Genentech treats their employees well

    Clinical Specialist (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsIntelligent People along with Great Perks

    ConsTough to move up within the company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible working hours, Great products, Benefits

    ConsBig company with many layers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    People at Genentech Care

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent work ethics and intelligent people.

    ConsLong work hours and more difficult to get recognized due to large talent pool.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent on business processes.

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