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Genentech Reviews

Updated Jul 29, 2014
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3.7 742 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(285 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 42 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors (in 71 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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    Great Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits and nice working environment. There are a lot of learning opportunities as well. The people that you work with are very bright and driven to succeed.

    ConsIt is a global organization and can be complicated to navigate.

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    postdoc fellow

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA (US)

    Prosa lot of opportunities to know about biopharmaceutical industry

    Consno protocol or grants writing training

    Advice to Senior Managementmore training opportunities

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Bio Tech

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proshours work well. its not for everyone. 3days/4days.

    Consmoving up seems to be a long haul.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat all techs equally.

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    Great place to work

    Training Manager (Current Employee) South San Francisco, CA (US)

    ProsMostly good people and good perks, particularly in SF. Now that Genentech is part of the Roche group, there is more opportunities worldwide which is a good thing.

    ConsNot necessarily good at getting rid of poor performers. They somehow seem to linger on despite inadequate performance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore opportunities to move into leadership based on performance record, not who you know.

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

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    Project Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are well educated, well rounded, friendly and upfront and honest. There's no hidden agendas, you know where you stand.

    The location is beautiful, there's hiking trails, the shuttles are convenient and on time.

    ConsInequalities between regular employees and contractors. The differences in treatment is obvious.

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

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    Project manager

    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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    Senior Clinical Specialist

    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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