Genentech Reviews

Updated 29 October 2014
Updated 29 October 2014
800 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 50 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fantastic company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees treated with respect. People come as a top priority in company decision making. Good salary, great benefits.

    Cons

    Busy, fast paced. Sometimes hard to keep alignment among global work-streams.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best places I've ever worked.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people make this job a pleasure.

    Cons

    Very busy, fast paced. Work/life balance can be difficult some times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fantastic place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer II in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    gride to work is a dream come true.

    Cons

    lacking key processes and clarity at times. must have some self drive within to do well here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    perks are great. no complaints.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best company in the pharma industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Science Liaison
    Current Employee - Senior Medical Science Liaison

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great support of employees from management. Manager's are concerned with individual employees development and will create opportunities for growth. Generous salary, benefit and bonus package.

    Cons

    With such a large organization, cross functional communication can be a challenge at times. Some times the most qualified people don't receive the promotions they deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Critically evaluate employees that are only marginally producing results. Just because someone has an certain degree or qualification (i.e. MD) doesn't mean they are the best at managing people or projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid Employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Good pay. Overall good culture.

    Cons

    Cultural segregation between contractors and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand there are liabilities with contractors but they put as much dedication and passion into their work as regular employees and should share in the many events on/off campus that don't discuss internal company business info. I'm no attorney but they could sign some waivers can't they?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great internship experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Genentech has an amazing company culture. I was happy to come in to work every day. They really put their patients and employees first.

    Cons

    The campus is very large so it can be annoying to navigate around, but the company shuttles make it better.

  8.  

    Great company to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Great team-mates, culture & environment.

    Cons

    Contractors being differentiated with badge system, and usually not included in team offsite work breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good works going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Friendly work environment; can be a great learning experience if you make it to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was very down-to-earth. Has a great, family-friendly culture. For an organization of this size, many try hard to make you feel that your individual contribution still makes a difference (even if it doesn't really).

    SSF is kind of out of the way for many, but it's a beautiful campus and easy access via GEN buses, and the work environment is very flexible.

    Cons

    Employees tend to stay for a long time, so career advancement can be difficult. The treatment of contractors vs. regular employees makes little sense. Contractors can make great contributions but then to let them leave after awhile is a huge waste of resources.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Researcher in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great science!
    Competitive salary, ptf, sabbatical leave every six years. Very good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Very big company. Good and not so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great and fun activities for staff

    Cons

    sometimes is foggy and windy outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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