Genentech Reviews

Updated 13 Aug 2020

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Genentech Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hardy
Alexander Hardy
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  1. "Genentech is great"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment during the entire period of time

    Cons

    a bit far from home

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  2. "Great company, clear mission, good people"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    The people Focus on wellbeing Development opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance (although depends on where in the organization you are) Consensus decision making can impair speed and innovation A lot of process


  3. "Amazing company with a great work culture"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great science, people and benefits

    Cons

    Difficult to transition from postdoc to full-time job

  4. "Great company"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Very kind and smart people.

    Cons

    Some middle management are inexperienced and are not great people managers.

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  5. "Good salary"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits for compensation and health

    Cons

    Difficult to advance in the company

  6. "Great company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of development opportunities Great remuneration structure

    Cons

    Very competitive environment No work / life balance

  7. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Community Impactful Growth Engaging, Interesting, focus on innovative science

    Cons

    Larger Pharma corporation with more siloed roles

  8. "Ecosystem Nightmare"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Healthcare Director in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Genentech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I really cannot think of any with the exception that employees will not be in the field until at least the end of Q2 2021. Good luck with that ... anyone concerned with job security?

    Cons

    Political ... the interview/hiring process is ALWAYS slanted towards friends and preferred candidates. The ecosystem leads are flying by the seat of their pants. Many un-needed/useless rolls that have no impact or quantifiable value - the Thought Leader Liaison is one of these. High pay and NO impact. Career opportunity has been minimized to almost zero with the implementation of the ecosystem model.

  9. "Good but frequent lay offs"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, work Iife balance, Best place to work. Great 401k, salary and bonus.

    Cons

    Frequent lay offs, favoritisms towards certain language spoken people

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work and learn"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Fellow in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Genentech full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and people-centered environment Very well-established labs with advanced instrumentation to learn Diverse background teams

    Cons

    Too big and too many teams and meetings, sometimes take a while to navigate and building connection

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