Onyx Pharmaceuticals
3.9 of 5 30 reviews
www.onyx-pharm.com South San Francisco, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Positive Experience

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Intern Program Interview

Intern Program
South San Francisco, CA

I interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in February 2013.

Interview Details – Very well structured. 1st round is phone interview with hiring manager, primarily on behavior and technical. 2nd round is in-person interview with 3 managers or higher level leaders.

Interview Question – If you're good at your job it's not difficult.   Answer Question

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Medical Director Interview

Medical Director
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in August 2011.

Interview Details – Organized, efficient, good questions, nice folks were all present at my interveiw. I did return for a second interview which was time consuming but it all worked out. Very good picture of the folks I would work with in the company. Great HR staff with good follow up and communication.

Interview Question – What would I bring to the company that others wouldn't?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Easy

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

DSA II Interview

DSA II
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in May 2010.

Interview Details – Interview was a couple hours long and you meet with the Director, Assoc Director and colleagues. Round robin type of interview, you field random questions. After the interview, they have a useless review of the candidate where they seem to try to find the best reason NOT to hire you.

Interview Question – Standard interview questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Initially they try and low ball you but they forget they're a small company still and cant compete with other giants like GNE.

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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

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Senior Compensation/Benefits Analyst Interview

Senior Compensation/Benefits Analyst
South San Francisco, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in November 2012.

Interview Details – Extremely thorough. I interview twice and met 8 people. This gave me the opportunity to meet with individuals I would be working with. Everyone was very professional and really open and honest about the job and the company. The recruiter kept me in the loop and contacted me frequently on the process. Best experience i've ever had.

Interview Question – They were very through asking behavioral based questions to determine if I had the skillset I was applying for. I appreciate this line of questioning and was prepared.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No need to negotite they were more than fair and there benefits are out of this world.

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Principal Programmer Interview

Principal Programmer
South San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Onyx Pharmaceuticals in October 2012.

Interview Details – I actually had a great interview with 5 of the 6 people but it only took 1 really bad interviewer to really spoil my view of the company. In actuality the company seems great but the one bad interviewer was the person I would have to directly report to. Anyway long story short, after answering all the programming related questions correctly, this manager asks me why I never went for my masters or PhD. I was sort of stunned anyone would ask me that since I had FIFTEEN YEARS PROGRAMMING EXPERIENCE. Then she goes on a 10 minute diatribe of how she had a doctorate and that an advanced degree opens doors. I was then told the company had only one other principal programmer ever and that they normally never hire at the principal level. I took that as she's the manager and she doesn't want anyone remotely close to her experience or skill level. She then went on to ask me what the federal law (21CFR Part 11) was on electronic data capture which no programmer really seriously knows off the top of their head since most programming and clinical data departments have that law built into their SOPs anyway. My favorite was when she asked me to describe what kind of data is captured in an SDTM DS domain and I told her in generic terms exactly what went into it. She then goes on to "correct" me using specific examples that my generic explanation already covered. I have interviewed at many a large pharma and small in my 15 year career and have never dealt with such a blatantly insulting and insecure interviewer. Sadly I could have really helped their department alot given my expertise in CDISC work since I was trained by one of the EDITORS OF THE CDISC SDTM IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE. So if you're a principal level programmer, you should probably come prepared with at least a master's degree and the federal law on electronic data capture memorized. Quite honestly very few if any of the questions were programming based. Seems the programming staff is more concerned what your academic pedigree is than what your technical knowledge is. Other than this horrifically insecure manager, the rest of the interviewers were friendly and courteous and seemed genuinely interested in me which is why their HR had called to extend me an offer but I told them in a polite way I had no desire to work for them.

Interview Question – Why didn't you go for a graduate degree? What is 21CFR Part 11? What is GCP?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Because the manager seemed threatened by my experience which would probably mean a bad working relationship.

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