We know that when we encourage diversity of background, thought and experience, we are far more likely to uncover new insights and unique approaches to addressing a challenge. This is particularly critical for Genentech as we work to discover and develop medicines for some of the world’s most serious diseases. We are committed to sustaining an environment where scientific discovery can thrive, where the industry’s most talented people can do their best work, and where we can bring innovative medicines to those who need them most.
“We drive innovation when we all contribute to an inclusive culture that attracts a diverse group of the best and brightest talent, and inspires everyone to freely contribute to their maximum potential and make a meaningful difference for patients every day.”
We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing and advancing our people to their full potential by rewarding bold ways of thinking and integrating inclusive behaviors into every aspect of our work. See below for just some of the ways in which we are bringing this vision to life.
To find the best possible solutions, we know we must embrace ideas that are new and different. This starts with attracting and hiring a diverse mix of the best and brightest people. We look for candidates who are smart, resilient, willing to question the status quo and motivated to make a difference. Our employees love to solve problems, persevere through failure and work collaboratively across teams to drive progress.
Our commitment to cultivating a diverse workforce begins with developing robust diverse candidate pipelines of the talented individuals we’ll need to revolutionize medicine and change patients’ lives for the better. We work with managers to address unconscious bias and help ensure hiring decisions are based on demonstrated competencies, not just previous experiences.Learn more about careers at Genentech
We are proud to be recognized for putting our values into action.
Over the last decade, we’ve applied a multi-pronged, long-term gender diversity strategy to increase gender representation in leadership. These efforts have included research, senior leadership commitments, programs and initiatives to drive professional development and open up opportunities for career advancement, as well as thriving internal communities and external partnerships. Since 2007, we’ve more than doubled the percentage of female officers at the company from 16 to 43 percent and today 53 percent of Genentech directors and 49 percent of managers/supervisors are women.
We are proud of the progress we’ve made in advancing gender representation in leadership, but our work is far from done. We continue to apply these and other strategies to move the needle on diversity across the board — now with particular focus on increasing people of color representation in our leadership ranks.
Since the early 1990s, our employee Diversity Network Associations (DNA groups) have been an integral part of the Genentech culture. Open to all employees, these groups offer connection and camaraderie for people with similar interests or experiences. They seek to cultivate inclusion, give back, advance diversity, provide opportunities for career advancement and drive grass-roots change across the business on key issues. Today, more than 7,000 employees are members of DNA groups, which include:
AAIB was our first DNA group and is active in South San Francisco and Vacaville. The goal of AAIB is to provide support and visibility for professional people of African descent by leveraging the distinct strengths and abilities of its members. AAIB supports the leadership speaker’s series, health and wellness programs, and partners with educational programs in the community.
FACT’s mission is to support health education in the community, elevate Filipino cultural awareness, and enhance Filipino personal and professional development at Genentech. FACT focuses on collaborating with Filipino cancer organizations and advocates to help Genentech understand the Filipino patient population.
The mission of this group is to develop and maintain a strong LGBTQIA+ community at Genentech that fosters inclusion of all people. gPRIDE strives to set the standard in the biotechnology industry for an LGBTQIA+ friendly workplace. We empower community members to advocate for civil and human rights; embrace and support the diversity in everyone.
This veterans group is working on identifying, attracting and developing qualified veterans of the armed services at all levels, in all roles. The group plans to recognize and leverage veterans’ unique strengths and talents in Genentech’s daily operations.
Genentech Women Professionals (GWP) provides a collaborative forum aimed at attracting members, educating and mentoring all on issues unique to women in biotech.
The mission of this group is to provide opportunities for professional and personal growth for employees new to the workforce in order to cultivate the next generation of Genentech’s leaders.
SANG is focused on promoting awareness of the South Asian culture on the South San Francisco campus, providing a forum to enhance career growth and actively participate in Genentech’s diversity initiatives.
The STAGES group promotes an age-friendly work environment at Genentech. It provides opportunities for experienced employees to network, mentor new employees, receive information and resources for changing lifestyles (such as retirement planning) and participate in collaborative diversity events and programs. STAGES is active in South San Francisco.
The VIDA group is committed to sharing Latino culture, and our commitment to life (Vida), promoting professional success and recruiting diverse talent to Genentech. It also aims to educate people in local underserved communities about the science of biotechnology and promote health education and awareness. The group members are active in South San Francisco and Vacaville.
The Diversity and Awareness Team at Hillsboro Technical Operations (HTO) strives to educate and celebrate our diversity, fosters a culture of collaboration, and continues to make HTO a great place to work.
The gSPECTRUM group focuses on employees with disabilities and employees’ dependents with special needs to provide support and help them achieve their full potential. The group works to identify and develop inclusive workplace solutions, leverage talent and partner as needed to ensure a great place to work for all abilities.
The gPARS group promotes respect and support for employees from Persian backgrounds, and helps create a greater sense of openness and belonging in the community.
To further foster community and celebrate diversity, we host Change Sequence events, inviting partners and community members to hear from internal and external thought leaders to celebrate diversity during important cultural moments, such as Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month. If you'd like to sign up to be invited to the Change Sequence, please join our Talent Community and select “Change Sequence” as your area of interest at Talent.gene.com.
We recognize the potential of people of all abilities, and we make accessibility a priority. We explore ways to identify and hire people and suppliers of all abilities and we have a dedicated, cross-functional task force focused on enhancing employee awareness, accessibility and talent.
We’re committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. Genentech employs, promotes and otherwise treats any and all employees and applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competence, and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, gender, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, veteran status or other protected status.
Our Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Program, through policies, practices and analyses, guides our efforts to attract and retain the most qualified people for the job. Simultaneously, it helps us remove barriers to equal opportunity in all aspects of the employment relationship including hiring, promotion, assignments and compensation.