Nektar Therapeutics Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2014
Updated Jun 6, 2014
7 interviews

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    Principal Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Milwaukee, WI
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Close to industry standard. Required presentation only included senior staff. Co-workers only met over lunch. Interview process took about 5 hours and most had 2 interviewers.
     Travel and hotel were arranged and pre-paid, meals and incidental expenses were not.
    Pre-interview responses from HR were slow, even for working through a recruiter.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiated sign-on bonus and PTO. Nothing else was considered
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    QA Interview

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

    I interviewed online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics.

    Interview Details

    Good process, and very thorough; but took way too long to finally get an offer and start date.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Rigid, inflexible
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Mgt, Medical Writing Interview

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

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    A third-party recruiter told me about a "Manager, Medical Writing" position that was available, and the company's website showed both a "Manager" and "Director" position available. Therefore, it seemed that the company was willing to consider a candidate for any mid-mgt position within Medical Writing. After phone-screening with the third-party recruiter, I phone-screened with the in-house recruiter, and then with the hiring manager. Things went no further.

    To this day, both positions remain open and I've seen ads from other recruiters trying to fill the "Manager" position as a contract opportunity. Obviously, this company is looking for some kind of medical writing virtuoso and hasn't found it. Mind you, it's not a terribly successful company so it makes me wonder what sort of candidate they can realistically expect.

    Interview Questions
    • From the hiring manager: "Have I missed any opportunities with regard to the kinds of documents our department should be writing?"   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Associate III Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Huntsville, AL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntsville, AL
    Application Details

    I interviewed through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in August 2009.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview, then a full day interview with 5-6 different people ranging from mangers to coworkers including lunch. most of the questions were very straight forward. Lunch was fun and the best way to see if you will like the company it to ask the coworkers that take you to lunch. Ask their honest opinion and what they like or dont like about their jobs.

    Interview Questions
    • How would you handle a situation when in conflict with another employee.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Turned down 1st offer and received a higher offer that I accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Huntsville, AL
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Huntsville, AL
    Application Details

    I interviewed through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in July 2009.

    Interview Details

    Had an HR interview over the phone, one week later had a phone interview with the hiring manager. Flew in for a full day in person interview, gave a presentation to the group after the lunch interview followed by more one- on - one interviews. Lots of great technical questions.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Didnt need to, good offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Human Resources Interview

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

    I interviewed through a recruiter. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in April 2009.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by company HR Manager as a result of a referral. Was invited to an on-site interview after the phone interview. Received clear and concise agenda and directions via email. Interviewed by 3 people, 30 minutes each. Hiring manager set clear expectation of when I will be notified of outcome. Was contacted by phone as scheduled that they selected another candidate. The interview was cordial. The office is OK.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Chemist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    The process took a day - interviewed at Nektar Therapeutics in January 2007.

    Interview Details

    interviewer was very cordial and knowledgeable.

    Interview Questions
    • questions focused on the percentage of time spent at the bench versus supervising direct reports?   View Answer
    • How do you motivate your direct reports?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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