PROCESS CHEMIST (Former Employee) – Foster City, CA – March 7, 2018
Every department is different, but the Process Chemistry department at Gilead was filled with intelligent and amiable chemists. The culture was one with an intense work ethic but there was a shared camaraderie between the chemists and my coworkers were always willing to help each other out.
great coworkers, ever-flowing Peats coffee, great equipment
The salary did not go all that far in the Bay Area
Information Technology Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Foster City, CA – March 6, 2018
The rating is specifically to my experience and department but there was little to no organization. Organization charts and binders for board meetings were put together sometimes the morning of which meant for high stress. It could have been prevented if most supplies were prepared in advance then last minute changes would be accounted for. Little things like reserving conference rooms were done with paper sign up sheets instead of electronically.
Commissioning Engineer / consultant (Former Employee) – La Verne, CA – March 3, 2018
Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company’s mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Gilead has operations in more than 30 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.
Sr. Research Associate (Current Employee) – California – March 2, 2018
Great company, can have better culture, good minds and the strategy team is strong. It is still going through some growing up pains and hopefully in a few years moves on to great things. I am positive and hopeful.
Gilead is poorly managed and burns out its employees under the guise of being decidedly "lean"
Sr. Manager Executive Communiations, IT (Current Employee) – Foster City, CA – February 8, 2018
The first week I worked at Gilead, one of the senior leadership team members, who was on stage at an all-employee event, described working at Gilead as being like climbing Mount Everest without an oxygen mask.
The company tries to pretend it is still a start-up and is intentionally lean when in fact, it is a guise to burning out good employees. Don't let the good salary and benefits fool you into working here. It is not worth it in the long run, particularly since most of your stock won't vest before you leave. The average length of employment is roughly three years due to the culture and exceptionally poor work ethic.
Gilead Sciences was an amazing company to work for when I was first hired. We were part of the greatest medical advancement in Hepatology ever. We were part of the greatest launch of medications in pharmaceutical history as well. With that, comes a very competitive work environment with high expectations. I met those expectations head on day after day and maintained a high level of success throughout my almost four years there. I left in great standing for an opportunity I thought would further my career faster then if I had stayed at Gilead. In hindsight, I should have stayed at Gilead now that I have gone through two layoffs in the past year.
Great company--but unforunately poor vision for future
Associate Scientist II (Former Employee) – Westminster, CO – January 24, 2018
Gilead wanted to expand their portfolio beyond antivirals--unfortunately they underestimated how much money and or time it takes chronic indications like cardiovascular medicines to be run through trials and quickly lost interest --or at least just wanted their ROI and pull out of CO
Senior Research Scientist I, Analytical Core Teams (Former Employee) – Foster City, CA – January 12, 2018
high cost of living in area and company compensation does not keep pace with other pharaoh companies in the area. Upper management review of all decisions. Small company organization even though company is growing. Management does not want to hear about new ideas.
Clinical Trial Manager (Former Employee) – Foster City, CA – January 7, 2018
Contracts are treated the same as perm staff. Very nice atmosphere and very nice people to work with. The only drawback for me was that living in Foster City was too expensive and remote days were limited, making living elsewhere problematic.
Remote work limited and location expensive to live in