Gilead Sciences Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Jan 13, 2021

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Gilead Sciences CEO Daniel O’Day
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Pros
  • "great money, great benefits, professionals that know what they are doing(in 75 reviews)

  • "The company has very good benefits(in 49 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work life balance is not that good(in 144 reviews)

  • "Poor upper management and no sense of team work among peers(in 44 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Better company to join in the field of research and career growth

      Nov 19, 2020 - Research Associate in Mumbai
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Master at compensation snd benefits

      Cons

      Work life balance is not good

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Beautiful campus

      Jan 13, 2021 - Senior EHS Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Beautiful campus and more potentials

      Cons

      work life balance is not that good

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Fine company to work for

      Dec 29, 2020 - Research Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits are good, pay seems to be better compared to many companies in the area.

      Cons

      Overall there is Poor Work-life balance

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      High Intensity

      Dec 8, 2020 - Associate Director in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of employee resources, great teamwork, leadership commitment, and engagement

      Cons

      Lack of work-life balance, work remote inflexibility, hierarchal, dated technology, leadership changing from science commitment to more business mind

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great benefits

      Dec 7, 2020 - Financial Analyst in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, great work life balance

      Cons

      A bit Lack of technology.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Contractor

      no work life balance

      Nov 25, 2020 - Administrative Assistant 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great salary, reputable company, lovely building and canteen, co workers and some managers were lovely and very supportive, great progression IF given the right support from management

      Cons

      no work life balance, no consideration of personal issues or problems, cut throat, extremely long hours,

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Challenging, great mission

      Oct 8, 2020 - Executive Director in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice, smart colleagues. Compensation is great.

      Cons

      Work-life balance sometimes difficult to achieve. Company is undergoing significant changes.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Contractor

      Impactful company with passionate people

      Sep 27, 2020 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Passionate and great senior management

      Cons

      Work life balance is not that great

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great benefits but poor

      Oct 8, 2020 - Senior Research Associate II in Foster City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great health benefits and ESPP benefits. Amazing vacation and 401K match benefits. Good employee resource groups. Competative compensation. Exciting research.

      Cons

      Many groups require overwork/poor work-life balance. Slow promotion rates, prefer to hire new employess rather than promote from within.

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Where not to work

      Sep 29, 2020 - Director in Munich, Bavaria
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some of the people are simply amazing, hard working, think of their colleagues, they are empathic, inclusive....ticking all the political boxes Gilead like to see ticked but here its genuine. These people make Gilead bearable.

      Cons

      There is no real innovation with medicines or in processes, they buy or repackage products very effectively. Gilead lags behind most other large pharma but likes to think it is agile. Senior management make all the decisions and rely on their experience from 10-15 years ago. Gilead also quite arrogant when it comes to how they view themselves, as being the best; they have only just started to implement multichannel communication. All the good people are leaving or have been fired because they actually care and try to develop their colleagues. Then there are the sociopaths (and the odd psychopath, I kid you not...really). I cannot stress enough the fact that Gilead is full of sociopaths. Then there is the discrimination, most European offices don't have people of colour working there of if they do, they are in junior positions. There is a bias to hire majority of women to open positions. Gilead has an imbalance with regards to gender diversity however, the positive hiring policy is getting out of hand. There is, surprisingly, the homophobia, from both hetor- and homosexual members of staff; I have seen it first hand....the sexual harassment which goes unreported. The rest (micro management, cut throat culture and environment...resourcing with the human and a real lack of work/life balance....its viscous) Dan O'Day may have fired the old guard from the C-Suite but the rot continues at VP/Snr Dir/Dir levels, right down to affiliate level. Unless there is a conscious effort made to change this, Gilead will never really change. Likely there will be a shake up by end of 2020 given the loss of HCV and HIV revenues and way too much being spent on oncology pipeline. If you are someone who is happy to step on a colleagues head to get ahead, this is the company for you. You will excel and grow quickly. If you are a normal human being who wants career advancement, who wants to work in a friendly company then this is NOT the company for you. Watch out for the golden handcuffs, Gilead pay way above the industry average for overqualified personnel. When you eventually leave, don't expect the same salary.

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