Genentech's Work Culture and Practices

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Organizational Culture
Case Length : 16 Pages
Period : 1976-2006
Organization : Genentech Inc.
Pub Date : 2006
Teaching Note : Available
Countries : The USA
Industry : Pharma & Biotech


This case describes the organizational culture and human resource management practices at Genentech Inc., a major biotech company based in the US. In 2006, Genentech was the ranked as the best company to work for in the US by Fortune magazine. The company was recognized for its culture, which encouraged employees to pursue projects that interested them and to have fun at work.

Genentech had been one of the few companies for which academicians opted to work in its early years in the 1970s. The company continued to maintain the same university research lab atmosphere even in the early 2000s.

Genentech was also one of the rare companies in the biotech industry that held parties on campus and encouraged employees to have fun. The company also had a generous benefits program and the HR practices encouraged employees to achieve work/life balance. The case also talks about whether Genentech's culture could come under threat as the company increases in size.


To examine the organizational culture and HR practices at a company that was recognized as one of the best companies to work for in the US

To study the positive elements in the company's culture and to understand how they contributed to employee morale

To analyze the benefits and drawbacks of cultivating an academic atmosphere in a research oriented corporate entity

To analyze whether the company's culture could be put at risk as it grew in size


  Page No.
Genentech Recognized 1
Background 2
Organizational Culture 3
Human Resource Management 7
Genentech's Culture at Risk? 10
Exhibits 11


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