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extremely difficult to transition from contractor to FTE and very little room for advancement
Foundation Specialist (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CADecember 13, 2018
Management is horrible within access solutions especially within GATCF. Lack of transparency with supervisors as well as supervisors abusing their power. Favoritism is very obvious in this department. Major difference in treatment of FTEs and contractors, even though contractors do the same amount of work, if not more. Very little room for advancement if you're a contractor good luck trying to get and FTE position, it is extremely difficult nearly impossible due to politics and favoritism.
Pros
Free Lunches, work and team events, volunteering events for great causes.
Cons
No benefits for contracts, too much politics, budget cuts, unstable management and job security.
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Not the place you think
Educator to patients and medical professionals (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CADecember 9, 2018
Overall Its a good company. There are many benefits and there can be a lot of opportunity if you are one of the favorites. Most of my peers work well together but, like in any company, there are those that can make your work life difficult. Despite my negative experience here I would consider another role here. Although, managers micro-manage and harass employees. Just take a read on Cafepharma. The culture is cut throat, people are quick to throw you under the bus to get ahead. The most difficult part of the job was trying to manage other peoples perceptions as people try to jocky for position.
Pros
Amazing benefits & Pay
Cons
Inexperienced micro managers, cut throat work environment
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Great place to work at to advance your career and skillset
Business System Analyst (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CAJanuary 18, 2019
Genentech is a great company to work at if you're looking to advance your career. You will work with professional but easy going people who are passionate about the company and not afraid to show it. Be aware though, Genentech is a huge company, so you won't necessarily be able to use the latest and greatest tools to perform your tasks, and depending on where you are, you may be relegated to do more tedious "grunt" work. Still, with the amount of benefits and high pay that Genentech offers, it may be worth it.
Pros
Subsidized lunches, higher than average salary, lots of benefits for full time employees
Cons
Contracted employees don't get any benefits, work may be boring, potentially outdated tools
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Competitive and quick-paced work environment.
CASE MANAGER (Current Employee) –  San Francisco, CADecember 10, 2018
Typical day consist of looking at your daily metrics, being ready to take calls from patients or Health care providers, and offering assistance of what we do for Genentech. We were also crossed trained in other roles in order to understand the overall processing of each patient's drug distribution. This position was strictly a "quota" based structure where your performance determines if you are necessity and if you are eligible to being crossed trained to learn and raise through the rankings at Genentech. However, not only was this position a contract position, but this department was moving to a different state without much way of leaving. Nonetheless, Genentech offers a wide range of trainings and dives right into a fast paced environment that will keep workers on their toes and ready for any other job position out there.
Pros
High learning and fast paced
Cons
Non-permanent position
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Pull back the curtain -- you will be surprised
Director (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CANovember 27, 2018
Genentech has a great reputation for being a 'great place to work', yet many long-standing issues exist with senior leadership, lack of vision for the future and a festering 'below the surface' culture of favoritism. Leadership will tell you that they want open and honest communication, yet punish those who speak their mind.

Base pay, bonus and benefits ARE outstanding...truly the epitome of 'golden handcuffs'. If you're someone who doesn't stand out and doesn't complain or argue, then you're likely bound for greatness there.

Lastly, Genentech (Roche, actually) likes to believe that they are immune to issues that other pharmas experience. The reality is that the things that we hate pharmas for (consistent drug price hikes, 'massaging' trial results, outsourcing and redundancies) happen as Genentech as well...they are just better at keeping it quiet.
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Cutthroat - No Help
Case Manager (Former Employee) –  South San Francisco, CADecember 11, 2018
The training process for the Case Manager position was 4 weeks long with a 2 week ramp up. Throughout the training process asking questions would routinely get passed off because "you'll learn this when you do you floor training" or "you'll just learn this while doing it" even when asking questions as specific as how insurances play against one another and how to organize benefits accordingly, but then the week of floor training they pull the "your trainer should have taught you this" card and led to inefficiencies across every case manager.

That kind of dis-organized training process leads me to believe the system is flawed all the way up.
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A great place to work at with a diverse and friendly culture.
SENIOR MFG. TECHNICIAN BIO-PROCESS (Former Employee) –  Oceanside, CAAugust 17, 2018
Genentech was a great place to work at for someone who values work/life balance. The culture is very diverse yet friendly and supportive. The facility is amply equipped to support a worker's productivity. The benefits and perks are generous. Here, I further developed core competencies like teamwork and collaboration, integral work ethics, and class A behaviors. However, some of these seem to have been changing since the acquisition by Roche in 2009. Slowly but surely. It is not as ideal as it used to be. There's this feeling of tension and uncertainty more than usual. Too much competition can bring out the worse in people hence politicking happens.
Pros
Benefits and perks, culture, facility
Cons
Politics
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Collaborative environment / Lagging in ethnic diversity
Senior Manager (Former Employee) –  South San Francisco, CADecember 15, 2018
The organization is dynamic and a tremendous opportunity to work around many smart people. There are many opportunities for personal development and collaboration. At the same time, there is not a consistent appreciation for the incorporating diverse viewpoints into the debate. It's done formally but that can be perceived as less than authentic.
Pros
Tremendous benefits
Cons
Very competitive often at the expense of creating a diverse environment
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Genentech is a good place to work but advancement opportunities are rare and hard to come by.
Senior Administrative Associate, Manager (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CANovember 17, 2018
Management changes too much. Genentech and Roche are all about evaluations.
* beginning of year: set goals
* mid year evaluations
* 360 review
* bonus and salary year end review

TOO MUCH
Pros
$, time off, working for a successful company
Cons
Work life balance is talked about but pressure is always to do more with less
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Stable job with good benefits (work not always evenly distributed)
Finance Manager (Former Employee) –  South San Francisco, CADecember 6, 2018
This is a large and stable company with good benefits. They pay is not as good as other companies. The work life balance depends on what division you work in. Research and Early Development had a bad work life balance. Multiple layers of management make work inefficient.
Pros
Stable job with good benefits
Cons
Not much room for growth
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More Roche now than the previous Genentech
Manufacturing Quality Assurance Specialist (Former Employee) –  Vacaville, CAJuly 10, 2018
Work culture has changed drastically. Previously stressed work - life balance when I started working there but slowly moved away from this culture into a more "bottom line" focus based culture. Benefits are still good versus other companies, but many cost saving measures were implemented like less team building exercises outside of work, less free giveaways, less free lunches, etc. Huge layoffs caused moral to go way down. Hard working blue collar staff were let go to meet layoff numbers, instead of laying off top heavy departments with lazy or unneeded white collar managers/supervisors. More work now given to less staff. The most enjoyable part of the job though were highly intelligent, easy going, lovable coworkers that made work pleasurable.
Pros
Medical benefits, Fair wages, great retirement plan, smart staff
Cons
Bottom line culture and no more work life balance
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Genentech is on the cutting edge of science
Director, Government Affairs (Former Employee) –  South San Francisco, CANovember 15, 2018
When Genentech was independent it had a very vibrant culture that was collaborative and exciting. When Roche took over it became more of a big Pharma company. Still with great colleagues and best in class products, it remains a great place to work.
Pros
Cutting edge science, great benefits
Cons
Poor work life balance, demanding and high stress
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Used to be great, now the boast about being great
Senior Utility Control Room Operator (Current Employee) –  Vacaville, CAOctober 13, 2018
Genentech used to truly be a great place to work. They have lost this and simply like to boast about being a great place. Management is terrible, and they are tuning into a typical large corroboration focused on increasing their revenue instead of retaining company talent and helping customers.
Pros
great benefits
Cons
no work life balance
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Wonderful place to work
Manufacturing Bioprocess Technician (Former Employee) –  South San Francisco, CAJanuary 7, 2019
The company is world class in every way. There is a sense of urgency in all manners of being compliant and class A. To advance your career you need to be highly motivated and know where to look, and network accordingly or else its easily possible to become stagnant.
Pros
great culture
Cons
compensation could be better
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Great Place to Work
Sr. Manager (Former Employee) –  South San Francisco, CANovember 16, 2018
Was a great to place to work - great people and culture, felt like you were going something great there. Company treated employees very well, very supportive in almost every respect. Only thing is that I hear changes are being made because they are trimming down people and all the perks.
Pros
Great pay, benefits. Free lunches, concerts, give-aways.
Cons
Too many people trying to justify their positions and not doing a whole lot
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Great people as co-workers
Sr Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee) –  Hillsboro, ORDecember 14, 2018
Great culture and benefits. Very poor management, Bad managers hire other bad managers until the top is all bad managers. The work place is very regulated by the FDA, don't expect anything to happen fast.
Pros
Benefits and work life balance
Cons
Very bad upper management.
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Change change change
Procurement (Current Employee) –  Bay AreaDecember 30, 2018
Genentech is a great place to work but is undergoing a great deal of change as it is being absorbed into Roche. Unclear what future holds. The old culture is fading away and the new culture has not yet been defined. Still, Genentech is the best place I've ever worked and has excellent benefits. Global change is needed and will hopefully bring improvements long term.
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Competitive
Aseptic Operations Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) –  Hillsboro, ORDecember 27, 2018
As temporary hiring goes, the ultimate goal is to be hired on after committing to rigorous job training. Genentech repeatedly closed advancement opportunities while simultaneously providing hired workers, who worked alongside temps, ample benefits and sponsored events.
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Productive, fast pace but fun place to work
Senior Process Supervisor, Manufacturing (Former Employee) –  Oceanside, CAAugust 1, 2018
Genentech is a great company to work for. Employees have excellent benefits, and the company has a great culture with great diversity. Genentech Oceanside has great leadership and people are the most important part of the business.
Pros
Several opportunities to celebrate and volunteer, excellent benefits with great opportunities for advancement.
Cons
Always short of people. Employees barely have time to take their lunch breaks!
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Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Oceanside, CADecember 12, 2018
Great benefits, poor compensation
Great corporate cult, poor site cult
Great mission, poor management
Great diversity program, poor inclusion implementation
(nepotism, unconscious bias, and microaggression)
Pros
Great insurance and corporate support programs
Cons
Corporate cult is not fully realized.
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