Best Places to Work in IT 2011 Employer Profile

No. 4

Genentech Inc.

South San Francisco, Calif. [Pacific]

Why you want to work there

Top 10 ranking: No. 3 for benefits, No. 2 for diversity A sense of mission and improving the lives of patients is what IT workers say make this South San Francisco-based biotechnology company, which develops medications for people with difficult-to-treat diseases, a great place to work. Each year the entire IT organization spends two days off-campus for reflection, personal and professional development, and celebration. At this "Full Spectrum IT" event, the group gets to meet face to face with some of the patients who have benefited from Genentech products. Learning to be leaders Personal development programs are available to all IT employees, regardless of role or hierarchy. Unlike traditional training programs that focus on learning new content and fixing problems, the company's yearlong Personal Excellence Program involves a monthly facilitated group process that supports growth and change and provides one-on-one coaching, feedback and a peer community. Another offering is The Power of Mindfulness -- six weeks of facilitated sessions that explore the principles and practices of mindfulness. Each session includes guided meditation, interactive exercises, discussion and specific ways to apply mindfulness in the real circumstances of employees' day-to-day work and life. Employees can even choose to go on an intensive overnight retreat offered several times annually.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 3

Employee Statistics

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

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 561

IT employee turnover in 2010: 8%

IT promotions in 2010: 3%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2010: 9

Training budget per IT employee in 2010: $3,208

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 32%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 33%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 32%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 55%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 31%

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