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Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015
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    Senior Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    First, phone interview with hiring manager then was chosen to on-site interview. Onsite interview took a whole day (9am to 5pm). 1-hour presentation/Q&A, 30-min interviews with various scientists, directors, and a HR, as well as your hiring manager, and 1-hour lunch break with SRA or post-doc.
    Intense process

    Interview Questions
    • Too many questions...but they did pay more attention on your scientific research and skill sets   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Associate Director Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    The phone screen was within 2 weeks of application. First round of in-person interviews with 5 people was around 2 weeks from the phone screen. 2nd round of in-person interviews with 5 more people were 3 months later, which was scheduled after I reached out to ask about status. Then, I was called with feedback on why I didn't get the role, which was before they had finished that round with other candidates. Even factoring in the size of the company, there are many people to do work that is done by fewer people in other companies, so the specifics of the job requirement are quite detailed. Being a highly desirable company and well-resourced, they can afford to find someone very specific and take their time.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly questions related to the requirements of the job and my relevant experience. I was given a internal document and 30 minutes to review and then provide any insights and comments about it during one of the interviews. There were some behavioral questions, like "how do you deal with a difficult stakeholder?" and "how do you influence them to adopt change?"   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    PDRP Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    After being contacted I had a phone interview with one of the members of the hiring committee. The next interview was onsite and it was a full day. There were 6 individual interviews throughout the day and a lunch with people that were already in the program.

    Interview Questions
    • Pretty standard interview questions. Some of the interviewers were more interested in experience rather then skills.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Marketing Science Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Campus recruiting. Was interviewed by three marketing science managers in a row for one and a half hours. I was asked about a case analysis and previous experience. Nothing too technical.

    Interview Questions
    • Normal questions like "Where do you see yourself in five years" along with a case study.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Senior Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Thorough, intense, professional, friendly, with very high standards. They really try to understand who you are, what your motivation to work at Genentech is, if you have a balanced life, if you are willing to work hard, if you are skillful and knowledgable about your area of expertise, and what your charecter is like. I met with most Senior Scientists, and some SRAs. Arrived at 9 and left at 5pm.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Process Systems Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview Details

    Applied through university job site and career fair and received an in-person interview on campus. Mostly behavioral questions and questions about resume and skills on resume. Generic, average interview with one simple puzzle question near the end. Interviewer seemed uninterested and nitpicky.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Bio Statistician Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    I got 2 phone interview and then the on-site interview. the on-site interview is a 1 day with 7 interviewer, all of them are at least principle biostatistician and hiring manager.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at Genentech in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    The interviewers were very personable and nice. It was like having a conversation. They wanted to know if your personality would be a right fit for the company. The interview consisted of three one on one interviews.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Average Interview
  10.  

    SRA Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at Genentech in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Got an email from the hiring scientist asking for a phone interview. We went through my resume. Questions were mostly technical. At the end of the interview, he asked me to get my referees to email him. He then called me back for an informal meeting to his office. Here he asked both work related and behavioural questions. Waiting to be contacted after.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you leaving academia? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Real World Data Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Genentech in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    The initial screen is outsourced to a contractor who reads from a short script of questions. I found it to be better than merely filling out an online form, but with no real understanding of a highly technical position it really ended up feeling like an empty gesture.

    Interview Questions
    • None - these are frontline 'softball' screening questions.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

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