Millennium Pharmaceuticals Interview Questions & Reviews in Boston, MA
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Scientist I Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in August 2012.
Interview Details – I gave a presentation of my dissertation research first thing in the morning. This was followed by a short Q & A concerning the research presented. I then met with the director of the group, followed by various members of the group. The atmosphere was relaxed. I did wear a suit to the interview. I never felt as if I was being interviewed, rather I proceeded to have interesting conversations with at least 5-7 people (these were supposed to be interviews). The topics ranged from the work I do currently to them speaking to their current needs. They were really great about inserting lab tours into the day. Overall it was a very positive experience.
Negotiation Details – I did not negotiate my offer because it was on the high end of what I was expecting. I was also given relocation. If I could do it over again I would have tried to negotiate a sign on bonus as most of the apartments in the Boston area require upwards of 10,000 to in deposits and fees upfront. This is very difficult to accommodate as one makes the transition between graduate school and the first job.
Senior Bio Statistician Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in April 2011.
Interview Details – One phone interview with hiring manager, then one day of meeting rest of team, including giving a presentation
Interview Question – No difficult technical questions - only needed to answer questions about the lunch presentation Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Not much negotiation was possible
Very Difficult Interview
Scientist I Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in March 2011.
Interview Details – 1. HR contacted by phone 2. Hiring manager contacted by phone 3. whole day interview 4. a few more telephone interviews with the hiring manager 5. second interview with different folks - a half day 6. follow-up phone interview. I think the whole process took 4-5 months.
Interview Question – What is my life goal? View Answer
Scientist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in March 2011.
Interview Details – My friend forward my CV to hiring manager and the phone call initiated by the hiring manager. Everything went well until I go for the on-site interview. The interview process was very long while professional. I got a phone-call from the recruiter asking for references after the on-site interview. 2 weeks later, when I did follow-up just to find out i did not get the offer.
Interview Question – Nothing particularly difficult or unexpected. Answer Question
Senior Business Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Millennium Pharmaceuticals in October 2009.
Interview Details – About a month after I applied I received a call from an HR Manager. There was a brief introduction about the company. I was told of the position, the background, and exactly what responsibilities the position entails. The HR Manager was getting a feel for my level of interest in the position and If I would be able to handle the position. After I informed him that I felt the position was a fit he advised me of the next steps. Who I would be in contact with and what to emphasize in the next round. At the same time I informed the HR manager that I had a couple other interviews in the final stages and would probably receive an offer soon. He took the initiative to expedite the process which is usually unheard of. We agreed on a time frame of two weeks for Millennium to try and come up with an offer or not.
The second interview took place a few days later. It was a phone interview with a Department Manager that I would be interacting with, but not necessarily working under. The interview was a standard, how will you fit in this role, and what skills can you bring to Millennium type of interview. The interview went extremely well and I was told I would be in contact with the HR Manager again.
The next day I received a call from the HR manager and he informed me that there would be a full day of interviews on site in Cambridge the following week. By this time I received an offer from another company and informed the HR manager. I pushed back my deadline so I could finish the interview process with Millennium. MPI was very accommodating and took every measure to ensure they would have a decision by the end of the week I interviewed on site.
There were 4 interviews in total lasting from 9:00 am - 2:00pm. I was given an agenda and met with the Hiring Manager, the Director of the Department, met face to face with the HR Manager, and I had lunch with two of my potential co-workers I would be working alongside. I felt the interviews went great. I was in stiff competition with one other candidate that had a few more years of experience than I. I was informed of this by the HR Manager during our conversations on the phone.
Unfortunately I did not receive an offer, but I was totally blown away by the professionalism of the HR staff and the Managers that I interacted with. I received a personal phone call informing me of their decision, in time for me to accept the other offer I had received. This straight forward, open communication approach should be implemented by all companies HR departments during the Hiring phase.
Interview Question – No Difficult Questions View Answer