Great place to work, only if you're a scientist
Former G&A (Former Employee) – San Francisco, CA – November 20, 2013
I worked in the office environment and I totally disliked it. There is a lot of favoritism - if you're one of the ones that are liked, you're in. If not, you'll find everything goes uphill.
Admin is confined to the ground floor. The rest of the floors are dedicated to scientists and research. The ground floor isn't laid out efficiently and you'll find yourself doing a lot of walking - to the copy machine (there's only one), to someone's office. The assistants are in a cubicle area far from the exec offices, which made for a lot of steps (difficult in heels!).
They have antiquated copy machines. The IT department is good, again if you're well-liked - but customer service is not high on their priority list and you will have to wait for everything.
The general attitude in the exec area is stuffy, conservative, and very political. The company relies a lot on philanthropy, so they are always having prospective donors in for meetings.
If you're a scientist, you're treated like a god. Scientists can do no wrong.
G&A staff are expected to work and work and work. Not very good work/life balance.
There is no cafeteria, which is surprising because it's a big building. You have to go across the street to one of the other buildings to their cafes. Nice, but expensive and time-consuming.
Definitely not recommended for G&A staff.
Nice building, great area. Good benefits.
Stuffy, conservative atmosphere and mind-set. G&A are made to feel like slaves rowing the ship.