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19. Genentech
Rank: 19 (Previous rank: 7)
What makes it so great?
Roche now owns 100% of this pioneering biotech firm but plans to retain the unique culture that made Genentech No. 1 on our list in 2006. Some 11,000 employees shared $182 million in retention bonuses, with the second and final round scheduled for March 2010.
Headquarters: 1 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080
2008 revenue ($ millions): 13,418
Website: www.gene.com

Is Genentech a great employer, or what?
Genentech stats
U.S. employees 11,146
Employees outside U.S. 58
New jobs (1 year) 180
% job growth (1 year) 2%
% voluntary turnover 7%
Applicants 202,580
No. of job openings (as of Jan. 13, 2010) 523
Pay Avg. annual pay*
Most common job (salaried):
Clinical Specialist
Most common job (hourly):
Sr. Mfg Technician - BioProcess
Paid sabbaticals Yes
Onsite child care Yes
100% health-care coverage No
Onsite fitness center Yes
Subsidized gym membership Yes
Job sharing program Yes
Compressed workweek Yes
Telecommuting Yes
% minorities 44%
% women 51%
Has nondiscrimination policy
that includes sexual orientation?
Offers domestic partner benefits
for same-sex couples?
Professional training  
Salaried employees (hrs./yr.): 27
Hourly employees (hrs./yr.): 35
From the Feb. 8, 2010 issue
N.A.: Not available. U.S. employees includes part-timers as of time of survey. Job growth, new jobs, and voluntary turnover are full-time only. Revenues are for 2008 or latest fiscal year. All data based on U.S. employees.
* Average annual pay: yearly pay rate plus additional cash compensation for the largest classification of full-time salaried and hourly employees.
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