Genentech

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Genentech Reviews

Updated 2 March 2015
Updated 2 March 2015
884 Reviews
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884 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, beautiful campus, co-workers are mostly nice and helpful (in 52 reviews)

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


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out (in 51 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Ambitious

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

    I worked at Genentech as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent transportation options available to get you to and from work.

    Cons

    Highly competitive work environment that focuses on quantity of work not quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Creating a cut-throat, dog-eat-dog atmosphere only leads to errors, poor performance, and breeds animosity among peers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A great start to a career as a recent graduate of college

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

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

    Pros

    Good work perks, great mission and values

    Cons

    Large company makes efficiency hard at times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for but there are cons

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

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

    Pros

    I was fortunate enough to land a job at Genentech right after college. It is a great place to be as a new grad since you are surrounded by intellectual, motivated people and the benefits are great. This job has shaped me and provided me skills that I still use today and have learned from so many talented, experienced people.

    Cons

    I did not feel that it was easy to advance at Genentech. After a few years, you have to either move to other departments within Genentech or leave since there is a glass ceiling that I found difficult to break unless you have a Ph.D. I also found that their salary is not as competitive as other similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your employees room for growth and the ability to advance. I found that my manager did not provide me that guidance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work. High competitive.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genentech

    Pros

    Great company, good workplace environment, in general good supportive management

    Cons

    highly competitive workforce, company focuses mostly on bottomline

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some are micro-managers, others are good managers,

  6.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    good work-life balance, very intelligent colleagues, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    It can get a bit political at times - I've seen it with people getting selected or passed up for jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place

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

    I worked at Genentech as an intern

    Pros

    environment, benefits, personal growth, training opportunity

    Cons

    hard to find a position, less openings

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    GREAT company!

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Benefits are extensive and amazing. Continuing education is the norm. Opportunities for advancement are the norm of this company. Great salary. This is one company that works on improving itself and the people who work there.

    Cons

    Genentech is an overall good company who work on their improvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    It's a great place to work

    Cons

    Occasionally bureaucratic culture can lead to lack of career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Genentech

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, perks are good (the staff ALL around is great)

    Cons

    Work Hard, work hard and work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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