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A great place to do science but career development can be stifling

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Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA (US)
Current Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in South San Francisco, CA (US)

I have been working at Genentech

Pros

A place to do top-notch scientific research that also directly impact people's lives

A shared sense of mission and inspiration - to create medicines for unmet medical needs.

Science driven culture - scientists truly enjoy a lot of independence, respect and freedom to publish.

Genentech attracts really good people and in particular, the brightest scientific talents.

Excellent perks - great cafe and day care, club house, free sports club membership, beautiful campus by the bay, Friday parties, retreats (and the list goes on).

Genentech has a great reputation.

A great learning environment: top scientists and vendors come to give seminars regularly.

Cons

Promotion and career advancements are very rigid and difficult. People are often trapped in tracks or positions with limited professional growth (if not impossible). It is not unusual for good performers to go 8-10 years without a single promotion.

People are 'demoted' when coming to work for Genentech. For example, senior scientist becomes associate scientist; director becomes senior scientist.

The pay is good but cannot keep up with the high cost of living in the Bay area, particularly for new comers.

Merger with Roche basically capped any potential future growth.

It is questionable whether its unique, science-driven culture will remain after the Roche merger.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reform your arrogant and rigid promotion system that stifles people's career development. You may get away with it when you are the best employer to work for and one of the fastest growing biotech companies. Now that you are part of Roche where growing the revenue beyond the single digit is like making an elephant dance, people may decide not to take this anymore.

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    Best First Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    People with a passion for helping others, collaborative, mostly non-competetive environment, progressive thinking, strong executive leadership, great work-life balance opportunities, great benefit package, gym on campus, great food and celebration rituals.

    Cons

    There aren't really that many downsides that I can think of about Genentech. With any large company, there is a degree of beaucracy, and Genentech has more of that than most other large companies due to the stringency of the FDA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep allowing people to innovate, but also balance the innovations with building too many processes and infrastructure that just bogs the system down.

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    General Review

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Training Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Recognition of your work directly benefiting the patient.
    Great work hard play hard ethic.
    They know how to party. Occasional big corporate events create very memorable impressions that remain with you throughout your working life.
    Great upper management team - visionary, great communicators and inspiring.

    Cons

    Middle manger quality very variable.
    Tendency to work in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Difficult as territory is undergoing change with recent Roche merger.

    Recommends
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