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Genentech Reviews in San Diego, CA US

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.8 14 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

Genentech CEO Ian T. Clark

Ian T. Clark

(3 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Potential for work-life balance still exists in some jobs(in 41 reviews)

  • Employees get great benefits, though Roche prefers to save money by hiring contractors(in 70 reviews)


Cons
  • It is hard to keep a good work life balance if the job is burning you out(in 43 reviews)

  • After the merger with Roche there have been many changes that are taking some time to get used to(in 22 reviews)

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    Bio-process Technician

    Senior Bio Process Technician (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    Pros6 week Sabatical after 6 years
    6% 401k match
    Fair insurance
    good vacation time
    Good shifts

    ConsPromotion percentage are low and time to take to get promotions are long
    Movement in company is limited
    Very cut throat corparate
    Apply large changes to lifestyles frequently changes shifts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the old Genentech

    Maintenance Planner (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsHaving worked in operations for eight years in Vacaville, South San Francisco and Oceanside, South San Francisco is by far the best location and still has a strong Genentech culture, Outside of San Francisco the culture is less noticeable, but in general People are nice, benefits are good not great. Ho-Ho's are nice , work can be challenging, co-workers are supportive

    ConsWorking in Vacaville or Oceanside pay is low, stock options are almost non existent, weak culture, poor management, management shoots from the hip with no clear plan or strategies. Managers are not leaders but "yes" men and women. Nearly impossible to advance to a new position unless you are part of the "in crowd". If you want the five star rating work in South San Francisco, Vacaville and Oceanside are disappointments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake an effort to strengthen the culture at Vacaville and Oceanside, allow internal applicants to advance their careers, improve contractor workers work conditions, fire managers that do not understand metrics and who manage their departments by threatening employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great benefits and culture

    Pharmaceutical Material Specialist (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsGreat benefits and culture
    Worked with some incredible people

    ConsSmall site means very limited growth potential

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician

    Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsGreat benefits, pay, 401k, vacation (3 weeks plus 6 week sabbatical every 6 years) sick time. Great overall work force. Positive environment.

    ConsOverworked, no time to self develop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to slow down sometimes to allow us to improve on current issues.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you dont fit the clique, you are ousted...no matter how hard you work

    Materials Operations Specialist (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsBig Company with stability and future growth since they became Roche.

    ConsContractors are alienated. Also, be ready to get on the lemmings train...conform....or goodbye
     to you. The funny thing is, they try to push outside the box thinking....but shun you when you speak up.
    And this coming from MULTIPLE people ( more ex employees as well) = Way too much Politics and drama in Oceanside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't try to manage every aspect of every person. Some people are good at certain things and not so much at others. Don't use tactics like upgrading a system to relieve yourself from people that are less fortunate.
    Also, Introverts are not bad people. Some of the greatest minds ever were that way.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsExcellent benefits
    High-performance culture
    Company cares about its employees and patients
    Promotes diversity and inclusion more than any employer I have ever worked for

    ConsA lot of unneccessary bureaucracy especially when dealing with corporate functions
    Less altruistic since Roche took over
    Difficult to move up from within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange HR practices that make it difficult for people to move up as quickly from within. So many people leave and then come back, getting hired at a salary and level they would have had to wait years to achieve from within.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    Prosgreat culture and people. lots of opportunity to learn.

    Consbe careful of politics. there is a lot.

    Advice to Senior Managementcare about employees' career development

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, but not for long

    Operations Intern (Current Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsPeople - They are great to work with. Also, great perks.

    ConsManagement highly incompetent in identifying and promoting talent. The louder you are the faster you get promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on identifying true talent, hard work and take efforts to retain them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but depends on manager

    Intern (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsLots of great experiences, can very challenging. A lot of great people who are willing to help you out when needed.

    ConsSome managers are very incompetent, which is sad. Was so much better before the Roche take over no matter how much Roche tries to pretend it's all the same.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExamine what projects are given to your interns. Chances are it reflects a lot about the department. The more challenging the projects to the interns. The more competent the department.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Process Development Intern (Former Employee) Oceanside, CA (US)

    ProsGreat Pay, support system, friendly people

    ConsNo downside really, interns get no benefits.

    Advice to Senior Managementn/a

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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