At Genentech, 93 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 948 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.07. It was published on Aug 21, 2015. 52083 Visitors

What Employees Say

I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.

What They Do

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

Founded nearly 40 years ago, we are a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. We are a member of the Roche Group, headquartered in South San Francisco, California.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: South San Francisco, California
US Sites: 12 Major Locations: South San Francisco; Vacaville, CA; Oceanside, CA; Hillsboro, OR; Dixon, CA
US Employees: 13704 US revenues: $17289 million
Worldwide revenues: $17289 million Employees worldwide: 13720
Founded: 1976 Industry: Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals

In 2015, about 30 percent of our Genentech Gives Back Week volunteer opportunities benefited local South San Francisco schools, where more than 700 employees were involved in large-scale building and beautification projects.

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.

  • gRide Transportation Program: Genentech offers employees at its South San Francisco campus compensation to take alternative methods of transportation to work through its gRide program. For example, employees may earn $12 per day for walking or biking to work, and those who drive a carpool or vanpool can earn $8 and $16 per day, respectively. In addition, all employees are eligible to use Genentech’s free commuter bus service, which offers more than 25 routes from points around the San Francisco Bay Area and accommodates approximately 50,000 riders each month.
  • Sabbaticals: Six is a special number at Genentech — it’s the number of years until a full-time, regular employee is eligible for a six-week paid sabbatical. In 2014, 1,130 employees took advantage of this opportunity to travel, relax and rejuvenate or even tack this time on to a maternity leave.
  • Parental Leave Policy: Expectant mothers receive four weeks of paid time off that may be used before or after the birth of their child, in addition to six or eight weeks of paid time off after birth. Non-birthing parents receive six weeks of paid time off, which can be taken intermittently during the child's first year. The company also provides six weeks of fully paid leave for those adopting a child.
  • Onsite Childcare Centers: Genentech subsidizes the cost of two onsite childcare centers at its headquarters, ensuring that employees have access to convenient, quality childcare. The company also offers tuition discounts based on an employee’s salary. More than 700 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years attend these centers.
  • 401(k) Company Contribution: Genentech’s 401(k) plan is one of the company’s most generous benefits, with up to 10% of an employee’s eligible compensation contributed by the company. Specifically, the company contributes 6% of an employee’s eligible compensation to their 401(k), regardless of whether he or she has made any salary deferral contributions to the plan. In addition, the company will match 100% of the salary deferral contributions an employee makes to the 401(k) plan, up to a maximum of 4% of his or her eligible compensation for the plan year.


$61,295 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Senior Manufacturing Technician - BioProcess $185,486 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Senior Clinical Specialist
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary 88% Company-paid health coverage for employees
88% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 20 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage
$10000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Take-home meals on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Hair salon
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Personal concierge service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
  • Subsidized public transportation
Employees enjoy oversize pretzels at our annual Home Brew Ho-Ho, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. There are similarities between the fermentation process of making biologics and that of making beer, and many of our employees are craft brewers.


32 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $5,000 Adoption benefit
80 days Job protected maternity leave 30 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Paid sabbaticals
  • Telecommute option (30% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (10% use it)
  • Onsite child care
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Flexible schedule (55% use it)
  • Job sharing (1% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (1% use it)
  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
  • Medical facilities
Our onsite fitness center, Club Genentech, offers five different types of yoga and close to 40 other fitness classes such as Power Barre, Zumba, BODYSHRED™ by Jillian Michaels and Ab Blast.


Donning festive attire, nearly 3,000 employees joined our Bay to Beakers Children’s Walk, raising $100,000 for two important causes: Roche’s fund for children orphaned as a result of AIDS in Malawi, and At The Crossroads, which aids homeless youth in San Francisco.

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?

We are always curious to know how a candidate's career interests fit with Genentech's mission. Being able to speak authentically about what attracts you to the company and mission is key to pursuing any role across the business. We also look for candidates who are collaborative and have excellent communication skills, as both competencies will help them navigate the culture successfully.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

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 250,000 applications annually.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

Interviews at Genentech are primarily composed of competency-based questions with the intention of eliciting answers from candidates that are grounded in their previous experience or how they might react to a particular situation. Our interview process can be rigorous, as we often expect a candidate to interview with many stakeholders to build a complete picture of a candidate. Technical candidates should not be surprised to receive technical questions in an interview setting.

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. Sales and marketing professionals with neuroscience backgrounds are a particular focus for us this year and next, and we are hiring within our corporate functions as well, which include Corporate Relations, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Procurement and Site Services. We also hire approximately 400 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. Approximately 35 percent of our new hires in 2014 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

6% Job Growth 62 Average applicants per opening
4% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year 247818 Applicants in past year
3231 Openings in past year 38% New hires by employee referrals

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