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Employees of the biotech pioneer were the butt of an April Fool’s Day joke. Genentech posted a phony story on its intranet saying that goats would be used for campus landscaping. The company even asked employees to sign up to adopt a goat, saying research shows the creatures are more productive grazers when they interact with a human. With some real goats brought onsite that day, more than 300 employees signed up. Staffers loved the goat gag. “It’s GREAT working for a company that would bring in REAL goats for an April Fool’s joke,” one employee said. “Nice job Genentech. I love this place!”

Company Info

CEO/Top Executive
Ian Clark
Rank last year6
# of years on list17
F500 Rank-
Industry
Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals
Year founded1,976
Type of organization
Private, Subsidiary
Revenue (2014 or most recent year)
$16.3 billion
Web addresshttp://www.gene.com
Total US employees12,895
Full-Time jobs added in last year885
Number of work sites-

Perks

Offers compressed work weeks
yes
Offers fully-paid sabbaticals
yes
Offers paid time off for volunteering
yes
Onsite fitness center
yes
Discounted gym memberships
yes
Onsite medical care facility
yes
Offers college tuition reimbursement to employees
yes

Diversity

% Women51.57%
% Minorities43.63%
% African-American3.89%
% Asian30.15%
% Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander0.24%
% Caucasian or White52.91%
% Hispanic/Latino7.76%
% Native American/Alaska Native0.29%
% Two or more races1.30%
Same-Sex Benefits
yes
Non-discrimination policy
yes

Paid Time Off

Holidays
13
Vacation
18
Sick days
Unlimited
General PTO-

Compensation

Most common job (hourly)
Senior Administrative Assistant
Avg. base pay (for hourly employee)$71,500
Avg. extra comp. (for hourly employee)$7,550
Most common job (salaried)
Clinical Specialist
Avg. base pay (for salaried employee)$123,000
Avg. extra comp (for salaried employee)$65,000

Hiring/Staffing

FT voluntary turnover4.00%
# of job applicants234,143
Avg. # of applicants per opening64
# of jobs filled3,592
Jobs filled internally1,503
% of jobs filled by referral20.00%
# new graduates hired38
# of job openings (as of Feb. 2015)993