At Genentech, 92 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1154 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.33. It was published on Sep 11, 2017. 141487 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People celebrate special events around here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
We have special and unique benefits here.

What They Do

We asked Genentech to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious diseases. We have multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
US Headquarters: South San Francisco, California, 94080 US Sites: 8
Major Locations: South San Francisco, California, 94080; Vacaville, California, 95688; Oceanside, California, 92056; Hillsboro, Oregon, 97124; Louisville, Kentucky, 40258 US Employees: 15,064
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1976

Genentech has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Women 2018 (ranked 48)

Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma 2018 (ranked 2)

PEOPLE's 2018 Companies that Care list (ranked 8)

Best Workplaces for Giving Back 2018 (ranked 17)

Best Workplaces in the Bay Area 2018 (ranked 20)

Best Workplaces for Millennials 2018 (ranked 91)

At our New Hire Orientation, Genentech employees learn about our casually intense culture and our commitment to following the science as we always do what's best for patients.

Perks and Programs

We asked Genentech to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Sabbaticals: Genentech provides a sabbatical of six weeks paid time off after every six years of continuous employment to all regular, full time employees. In 2016, more than 1,500 employees (about 10 percent of our employee population) took advantage of this opportunity to travel, relax and rejuvenate or even tack this time on to their parental leave.
  • gRide Transportation Program: Genentech offers employees at our South San Francisco campus compensation to take alternative methods of transportation to work through our gRide program. These programs encourage walking or biking to work or driving a carpool or vanpool. Employees can also ride free-of-charge on one of our 27 Wi-Fi-enabled GenenBus routes around the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2016, our buses drove more than 1.7 million miles to get employees to and from our campus.
  • Enhanced Parental Leave Offerings: As part of our commitment to evolving as a great place to work, we’ve made enhancements to the paid parental bonding leave benefits we offer for the “birth” and “non-birth” parents, effective January 1, 2017. We increased paid time off from 4 and 6 weeks respectively, to 8 weeks. The enhancements will also provide additional flexibility to birth mothers, who can now choose to use their bonding leave on a continuous or intermittent basis.
  • A Give Back Culture: Our employees work hard, play hard and give back. During Genentech Gives Back Week, employees take advantage of time away from work to make a huge impact within their communities, filled with plenty of fun. It’s a week of walking, volunteering, donating, bidding and game playing (for a cause, of course!) Our Futurelab program supports all K-12 students in our local school district and gets them excited about science, improves their college readiness and inspires them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Since its launch in 2015, Futurelab represents an investment of more than $18 million into SSF schools in support of science education, including financial contributions, employee volunteer time and in-kind donations.
  • 401(k) Company Contribution: As part of Genentech’s 401(k) plan, the company automatically contributes 6 percent of an employee’s eligible compensation at year’s end, whether or not an employee elects to contribute. For employees who do contribute (something the company encourages), Genentech matches employee contributions dollar for dollar up to 4 percent of their base plus bonus pay for the calendar year. Genentech funds the company match each pay period, providing more time to earn interest than less frequent funding would, and employees are allowed to defer up to 99 percent of an annual bonus to the 401(k) account.
  • New Transition Care Benefits: For years, Genentech has provided transition-care benefits for transgender employees, including hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery. In 2017, we went beyond, covering every procedure in the guidelines for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. We now cover hair removal and certain surgeries previously considered elective, such as breast augmentation and facial feminization or masculinization surgeries. Such surgeries correct the secondary sex characteristics acquired when a transgender person goes through puberty the first time. In addition, this year we explicitly spelled out that our pre-existing fertility benefits --$20,000 for in vitro fertilization and other fertility care -- also apply to transgender people who wish to preserve fertility before beginning transition.


$182,913 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Clinical Specialist89% Company-paid health coverage for employees
89% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 89% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance $10,000 Average Tuition Reimbursement
$10,000 Maximum Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Restricted stock units
Our Genentech Executive Committee members make it a point to regularly interact with employees, including each year at Halloween. Here our CEO (right) distributes candy while sporting disco themed attire.


35 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 26 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Unlimited Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 6 weeks Paid sabbatical after 6 year(s) of employment
35 Days Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment 26 days Paid time off as of first day of part-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (55% use it)
  • Telecommute option (30% use it)
  • Job sharing (10% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (10% use it)
  • Subsidized On- or Off-site Fitness (100% have access)
  • Medical facilities (at some locations)
  • Onsite Amenities (ATMs, onsite childcare centers including summer camp and school's out programs, back-up center for childcare, onsite bicycle service & repair, cafes, onsite car wash, campus Health Center including chiropractic, acupuncture, physical therapy, EAP/counseling, nutrition & health coaching, and lab work, chair and table massage, clubhouse, concierge services, espresso machines, onsite gym, fresh produce delivery, seasonal fresh produce stands and farmer's market, laundry & dry cleaning/alterations, lactation rooms, Notary service, onsite dental, onsite haircuts, onsite spa/manicure/pedicures, quiet rooms, shoe/purse repair, financial classes, career lab, IT help support, company/logo store, sleep pods, sport courts.)


95 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 75 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*
72 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
40 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)*26 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
$20,000 Adoption benefit60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)*
40 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. All employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • On-site or near-site backup childcare center
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

$3,482,963 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Katie Excoffier, Sustainability Manager Leads environmental impact team
Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit 3 LEED certified building(s)
Yes Sustainable commuting program Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program
Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Nancy Vitale, senior vice president, Human Resources is responsible for the success of formal recruiting and retention diversity goals
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Under-represented racial/ethnic minority groups; Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees; Disabled employees
  • 12 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Our employees volunteer in our communities in many ways. Here employee's mentor local middle school students through our Gene Academy program, part of our Futurelab science education program for local students grades K-12.


True to our science nerd reputation, Genentech employees couldn't help but get excited about this summer's solar eclipse. Various teams made it easy and safe to look at this natural phenomenon by hosting viewing parties on campus.

How to Get Hired

We asked Genentech for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Our employees commonly cite the chance to make a difference in the lives of patients as the reason they join and enjoy working at Genentech. To find the right fit when hiring, we look for people who are inspired by our purpose and will share the collaborative, rigorous and entrepreneurial spirit of our company’s culture. We also look for “casual intensity.” Our demeanor and our dress are casual, yet our employees are intensely serious when it comes to their work, helping patients and driving our science. In addition, we seek candidates who have the courage to bring new ideas forward, the ability to make bold decisions while working collaboratively, an innate curiosity and a sense of humor. For this reason, we often stress potential and competencies in hiring over specific skillsets, because this emphasis gets us closer to finding people who will thrive at Genentech for their entire careers.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Because Genentech is a special place to work, we look for something special in our prospective employees. The number one thing that we recruit for is passion. You can't fake true passion. A genuine interest in the mission of Genentech is critical, and knowledge about the company and our history can help in an interview. When applying online, be sure your resume is customized to the role you're applying for so it stands out among the many we receive. Genentech currently receives approximately 160,000 applications annually.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

As in previous years, we continue to hire across our business for scientists, engineers, physicians, clinical specialists, regulatory and quality experts as well as individuals with operations and manufacturing experience. We are hiring within our corporate functions as well, which include Commercial, Corporate Relations, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Procurement and Site Services. We also hire more than 500 interns and co-ops each year.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

In addition to applying at, candidates should consider their networks and connect with Genentech employees for advice and potential referrals. About 22 percent of our new hires in 2016 were from employee referrals. Many of our recruiters are on LinkedIn, so it's worth connecting with them online to discuss the role you're interested in pursuing. Candidates should also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter to get a sense for our culture and what it's like to work at Genentech. Greater familiarity with the company will help in the interview process.

hiring Outlook

4,000 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 2% Job Growth
38 Average applicants per opening 159,496 Total job applicants
22% New hires by employee referrals 42% Openings filled by current employees
83 Recent graduates hired 5% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
2% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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