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Onyx Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions

Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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    Clinical Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    This is the most disorganized, unprofessional organization that I have ever came in contact with for a job. It started off with a phone interview with a very rude recruiter who wanted you to pretty much express how Onyx is the best thing since sliced bread. She acted like you needed to prove your worthiness to work for Onyx. She asked me three or four times why I wanted to work for Onyx as if my answer would change? Weird...At the end of the call she discussed salary requirements and asked me to think about a lower number because their benefits were so awesome. I said no thank you and she told me to think about it and in the mean time she would schedule me a second phone interview with the Associate Clinical Director. She never called to schedule an interview so I had to email her and ask if they were still interested. She called me and scheduled a phone interview. I had a great phone interview with the Associate Director and was told that I would be getting a call in a couple days to schedule an onsite interview. I was never called. So I emailed the recruiter to touch base and did not receive a response for a few days. When she finally responded she told me that the Director decided that she only wanted to interview local candidates. I emailed her back and let her know that I was moving to San Francisco that same week, so I am a local candidate. No response. Look, if you want to only hire local candidates, that's fine. But don't waste my time with all this pointlessness if that's the case. If the interview process is this disorganized and indecisive, I imagine actually working there is worse!

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    - Phone interview with recruiter. Professional and friendly. Personality related HR questions.
    - Phone interview with hiring manager. Scientific and technical questions.
    - On site interview. 30-45 minute powerpoint presentation with follow up questions. <20 people audience. Then, interviews with research team members.

    Interview Questions
    • It was a question from an engineer about a very technical detail.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Director, Biometric Standards and Operation Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I got a call from HR recruiter (an ADP recruiter from PA), though the job is located in CA. He asked general questions and promised to connect me with "one of the Vice presidents" to talk to me within the next couple of days. A week went by before he called back and then scheduled a phone interview with a senior director of statistical programming. The appointment was moved around more than three times, a sign of confusion and instability. After about two weeks of indecision, she called me and told me about the job and then asked what I have been doing and how I can help their organization. I provided her a broad perspectives on my skills and experience with specifics on strategic evaluation of current situation, CDISC strategy and implementation, NDA/BLA submissions, short-term and long-term strategy and the management of standards across multi-disciplinary groups (Biostatistics, Programming, Data management, Electronic Submissions and collaboration with clinical operations & IT).

    She responded with: "This is exactly what we need". She promised to direct HR to follow up with me and gave me her phone number.

    After a week was gone and no contact, I called the HR recruiter (left a message for him) and followed up with email. He never replied. Another week was gone, I called the hiring manager (left a message for her, but no reply). After a couple of more weeks, I tried each one again, no reply, there and then, I concluded that the organization was still in a shock of acquisition and re-organization.

    My general impression is that this company seems to be in a state of low morale and "unknowns" and with some insecurity wind blowing across the organization. They could do a better job by respecting the time and efforts of potential candidates with some effective communication. It does not take much to call or send a message to candidate stating: "Thanks for your time, we are not interested".

    Interview Questions
    • The hiring manager did not actually ask any challenging, technical, behavioral, or intellectually stimulating question. She seemed blank out.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Senior Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals.

    Interview Details

    Got the phone interview through a recruiter followed by an onsite full day interview. Relatively tough technical questions by couple of them.

    Interview Questions
    • None of the questions or the process was really unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I had an initial phone interview with the direct supervisor of the position, which was more like an introduction to the company and a get-to-know-you type of thing. Next, I was invited in for an on-site interview. This is where the trouble started. The supervisor/manager gave me a one week window to come in for the on-site, and when I told him I couldn't make it in that week (I am a student, and I had midterms/major assignments every single day that week), he basically said, "Sorry, then we're just not going to hire you because we need to make a decision ASAP." I asked them to reconsider, and finally they agreed to let me come in the following week.

    During the on-site, I met with the director of the department and two other scientists. They asked me very detailed questions about my research experience and very few behavioral questions. I was pretty surprised at the nature of their questions, especially since the intern position didn't seem to require much prior knowledge/experience. Then at the end, I met with the direct supervisor who straight up told me, "I have hesitations about hiring you because I don't know how much I can personally teach you, and I don't think you'll be able to learn much from this internship." He then went on to explain how he barely had any research experience himself and strongly urged me to consider any offers that I had.... uhh great. At this point, I knew that I wouldn't get the position, and it seemed that the reason was because I was over-qualified. Or if you look at it from another standpoint, the supervisor was UNDER-qualified to be in charge of this internship. Although this wasn't my ideal internship, a student's gotta make a living, you know.

    Basically, get your act together, Onyx! I felt that if they were looking for someone with less experience, that's understandable, to an extent... but then what was the whole point of grilling me with all those technical questions? To add insult to injury, they delayed relaying their final decision... so what was all that commotion about almost denying me an on-site because "we need to make a decision ASAP"? I am very appalled by the whole process. Never again.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you feel you are given enough independence in your current lab?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Associate Director, Medical Writing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    After submitting my resume and cover letter online, a recruiter called to acknowledge receipt and set up a phone screen with the hiring manager. That phone screen occurred approximately 1 week later, and an interview arranged for 2 weeks after that. The interview consisted of a series of half-hour discussions with managers from various disciplines within the company; two such people had to bow out at the last minute. I was contacted about a week later and the company decided to go with a stronger candidate.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a situation in your career that made you realize your leadership abilities.   View Answer
    • How do you prepare a first edition IB?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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