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Gilead Sciences Associate Director Reviews

Updated Dec 17, 2021

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Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day
Daniel O’Day
23 Ratings
  1. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Buyer Beware

    Dec 17, 2021 - Associate Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Competitive compensation for the Bay Area

    Cons

    Terrible leadership that prioritizes compliance to upper management over deliberation; bloated bureaucracy that drags out the most simple decisions over many months ; limited work -life balance filled with non-value work ; and and no thought leadership in the industry

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Good company

    Nov 1, 2021 - Associate Director in Isleworth, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Positive environment to work in, exposure to broad set of projects and development opportunities

    Cons

    High workload, which prevented learning opportunities

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Lots of Opportunities, few rewards

    Oct 7, 2021 - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lots of opportunities due to small team. If you are very hard working and intelligent, Gilead provides ample opportunity to showcase talent to many people. Great benefits, which are what keep me at Gilead. Along with the very intelligent and collaborative people you can learn from cross-functionally. Compensation is superior to that of Genentech at the lower levels but equal at the higher levels. Teams are very equitable and there is a good amount of focus on DE&I. C Suite/EVPs (e.g. Dan, Andy, Johanna, Merdad, Jyoti, etc) seem to know what they are doing. Several of the new VP levels feel a little lost.

    Cons

    Lots of responsibilities due to small team, which requires flexibility. Promotions slow to obtain. If you are an exceptional employee, you get a promotion in 1-2 years (if lucky). However, the Team is growing so fast with lots of external talent, but these external recruits due to the competitive job market are less experienced and accepted with less rigor. They also attain very high titles. This leaves older very high performing Gilead employees training their managers and feeling snubbed of a promotion (Gilead does provide short term incentives, which help the high performers but in the long run it doesn’t make up for the differrnce). Eventually you train your manager to do his/her job and he/she with less experience is telling you what to do.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Current Employee

    GSI

    Sep 28, 2021 - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Work life Balance is redefined

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for growing talent

    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to learn

    Sep 29, 2021 - Associate Director in New York, NY
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to learn about pharma as it is such a lean company you need to be able to all

    Cons

    Not very good at work-life balance

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place for those who want to make a difference in the lives of patients

    Aug 16, 2021 - Associate Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    CEO is approachable with a great track record Great executive leadership with focus on employees Ability to make an impact No dull moment and always busy to make a difference

    Cons

    Work-life balance is hard to maintain

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great company but limited FTE resources

    Aug 4, 2021 - Associate Director in Tokyo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great products and flat organization

    Cons

    More FTE s needed, leading to poor work and life balance

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great company

    Jun 13, 2021 - Associate Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great company with a sense of purpose. The only company in my 20+ years experience that treats their employees well. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Systems can be improved but management is making changes.

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Overworked and All Politics

    Jun 2, 2021 - Associate Director 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    401K Match, Relocation, flexible working location

    Cons

    - The well known cut throat working environment couldn't have been more true - Horrible work/life balance - everyone around me works at least 12+ hours days 3-4 days a week - Company continues to hire senior executives across the board externally instead of focusing on growth and empowering current employees. Talented middle managers have no incentive to stay and you are left with people who are all talks at the executive level - Almost no stock upside

    5 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Company

    May 21, 2021 - Associate Directors in San Francisco, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    benefits 401k and many others

    Cons

    working from home can be tiring

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