Genentech Reviews

Updated 22 October 2014
Updated 22 October 2014
793 Reviews
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793 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 50 reviews)

  • Great benefits - very typical of extremely large companies (80,000 employees worldwide) (in 78 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 49 reviews)

  • Lower pay, NO work/life balance (in 11 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid Employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vacaville, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Good pay. Overall good culture.

    Cons

    Cultural segregation between contractors and employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand there are liabilities with contractors but they put as much dedication and passion into their work as regular employees and should share in the many events on/off campus that don't discuss internal company business info. I'm no attorney but they could sign some waivers can't they?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great internship experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Genentech has an amazing company culture. I was happy to come in to work every day. They really put their patients and employees first.

    Cons

    The campus is very large so it can be annoying to navigate around, but the company shuttles make it better.

  3.  

    Great company to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Genentech as a contractor

    Pros

    Great team-mates, culture & environment.

    Cons

    Contractors being differentiated with badge system, and usually not included in team offsite work breaks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good works going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Friendly work environment; can be a great learning experience if you make it to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was very down-to-earth. Has a great, family-friendly culture. For an organization of this size, many try hard to make you feel that your individual contribution still makes a difference (even if it doesn't really).

    SSF is kind of out of the way for many, but it's a beautiful campus and easy access via GEN buses, and the work environment is very flexible.

    Cons

    Employees tend to stay for a long time, so career advancement can be difficult. The treatment of contractors vs. regular employees makes little sense. Contractors can make great contributions but then to let them leave after awhile is a huge waste of resources.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Researcher in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Researcher in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great science!
    Competitive salary, ptf, sabbatical leave every six years. Very good benefits in general.

    Cons

    Very big company. Good and not so good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Genentech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great and fun activities for staff

    Cons

    sometimes is foggy and windy outside

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A place that pushes you to grow in all areas of your life

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Genentech is wonderful in its freedom to make positive process improvements and changes. It comes with many great benefits as well.

    Cons

    Genentech's hiring criteria is primarily on a "who you know" basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Its what you make of it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Management Associate in South San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Genentech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Fleixible Work Schedule, Professional Colleagues that live by Work Hard, Play Hard attitude. Great transportation benefits and onsite reqources

    Cons

    Roche lowering benefits a little every year
    - non-exempt are not allowed to work from home
    - backup care decreased from 20 to 10 days
    - no longer value administrative roles, we now feel expendable whereas before the Roche merger we were valued like everyone else

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think more about the patients/science and employees that the bottom line
    bring back work from home ability for all to have a better work/life balance
    revert to valuing administrative personnel

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very proud to be part of this organization

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Planning Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Market Planning Manager in South San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Strong commitment to taking care of its people. Very strong leadership across the organization focussed on career development of its people. Ingrained focus on delivering the best for patients. They do what they say.

    Cons

    Maintaining a healthy work/life balance can be challenging at times. Being a large organization, process can sometimes slow down decision making.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Process Chemistry Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    many resources in the lab
    ability to order chemicals from computer to arrive within the week
    lots of meetings and opportunities to learn

    Cons

    very hierarchical
    tedious safety training--I was only there for 12 weeks and had to do over 20 hours of training

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