Genentech Reviews

Updated 7 May 2021

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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
211 Ratings
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  • "work life balance can be difficult at times especially during this pandemic(in 119 reviews)

  • "Consensus decision making can impair speed and innovation(in 72 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great for everyone involved in the company

    Cons

    not at all for anyone

  2. "Great work atmosphere"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment with work life balance

    Cons

    Laid back work culture, career progression is slower


  3. "Software engineer"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was good place to work

    Cons

    Nothing as much ,

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  4. "Good company"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Consultant in Hyderābād

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance People are very supportive

    Cons

    you wont find the kind of work you expect for the experience people

  5. "About my company"

    3.0
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    Test Engineer in Pune
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Genentech for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a good place to work

    Cons

    No cons. Nothing to say

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  6. "Amazing colleagues, great culture, and important mission"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very supportive, creative, smart colleagues. Supportive culture. Excellent campus and work spaces. Lots of opportunity for learning and to take your ideas forward.

    Cons

    So much transformation and change all the time. Leaders are rethinking how to lead (from hierarchy to networked and empowered teams) and so it's a bit bumpy at the moment with teams feeling a lack of clear tactical direction from leaders. The vision, ambition and mission are there, but how to get there, teams are relearning how to do this. Career advancement is quite challenging. You can take on lots of different opportunities and experiences, even at the next level, but the HR mechanisms for recognizing and compensating this still hasn't caught up yet, very hierarchical still in terms of needing to be promoted or interview to advance.

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  7. "Used to be a great company"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really personally gratifying to help make medicines that change lives. Coworkers are great and the campus is beautiful. Used to get parties and concerts but all that has gone away in the last 18 months.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive. Jobs are complicated and take a long time to learn. Current cost saving initiatives have destroyed the site and efficiency. Job scope is so large it’s impossible to maintain proficiency in an incredibly complex industry. Upper management out of touch with reports.

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  8. "Great industrial postdoc experience"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    High pay, great scientific atmosphere, exposure to industry and basic research

    Cons

    May be better off going straight for scientist positions in industry

  9. "Great place to be a postdoc"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary (relative to academia), benefits (401K match, health care, company bus, social events) and inclusive academic-like working environment make Genentech a great place to do your postdoc. You will be pushed to publish and will be in a solid position to make the step back to academia afterward if you so wish. Atmosphere on campus is similar to an academic institution with lots of invited seminars from top external academic scientists and a focus on basic science.

    Cons

    Sometimes it can feel like postdoc programs can get overlooked relative to the pipeline but it's all relative as the resources and financing available for your project far exceeds the average in academia.

  10. "Wonderful place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Safety Data Science Director in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of learning opportunities will keep your brain hydrated at all times

    Cons

    The company is too big, sometimes it's a little confusing on exactly who is doing what.

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