Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 15

Genentech Inc.

South San Francisco, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 5 for benefits, No. 4 for diversity This South San Francisco-based biotechnology company, which develops medications for people with difficult-to-treat diseases, considers it essential to stay on top of emerging IT trends. The company was an early adopter of technologies such as cloud computing, Google Apps and the iPhone. The fact that Genentech is engaged in meaningful work in the medical field helps drive employees. The IT group actively seeks opportunities to reinforce the connection between everyday work and the company's goal of helping patients. For example, each year the entire IT organization participates in a one- or two-day off-campus meeting for reflection, personal and professional development, and celebration. At this "Full Spectrum IT" event, employees have the opportunity to meet a few of the patients who benefit from the company's products. Building leadership: Genentech strives to create leaders at all levels, so personal development programs are available to all employees. Participants range from entry-level staffers to vice presidents and from new employees to those with tenures of 20 years or more. The yearlong Personal Excellence Program helps employees explore the whole self: mind, heart and body, and includes a monthly facilitated group workshop designed to support growth and change through coaching, feedback and peer support. Another offering is "The Power of Mindfulness," a six-week program that explores the basic principles and practices of mindfulness and meditation. Each session includes guided meditation, interactive exercises, discussion and instruction in specific ways to apply mindfulness in the real circumstances of day-to-day work and life.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 8

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 13,000

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 600

IT employee turnover in 2009: 10%

IT promotions in 2009: 4%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 8

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $2,600

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 34%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 34%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 35%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 56%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 33%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 59%