Best Places to Work in IT 2009 Employer Profile

No. 2

Genentech Inc.

South San Francisco, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 3 for benefits, No. 3 for diversity Personal leadership development within the ranks of IT is a hallmark of this San Francisco-based biotech company. The Extreme Growth program is open to all corporate IT employees, regardless of tenure or level. The Personal Excellence Program is a yearlong initiative that supports growth and change through coaching, feedback and peer support. It includes monthly facilitated group sessions. Another offering is The Power of Mindfulness, a six-week training program that explores the basic principles and practices of mindfulness and meditation. Each session includes guided meditation, interactive exercises, discussion and a look at specific ways that employees can apply mindfulness in their day-to-day work and lives. Genentech also offers interpersonal development training that uses the Enneagram, a tool that illustrates the traits, strengths and opportunities in nine personality styles. The training offers insights into the different ways in which people feel, think and behave. The personal leadership development programs were designed to offer benefits that extend beyond the workplace and help create a better quality of life both at home and at work.

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Rank by company size:
Large, No. 2

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 11,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 679

IT employee turnover in 2008: 8%

IT promotions in 2008: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2008: 10

Training budget per IT employee in 2008: $3,600

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 36%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 31%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 53%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 33%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 56%