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Amgen Interview Questions in South San Francisco, CA

Updated Aug 15, 2017
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    Very extensive phone interviews, spoke to several directors and senior scientists.
    Invited for a site interview and to present my scientific research. During site visit had face to face interviews all day long. Everyone very nice during interviews.In the end was invited for dinner.

    Interview Questions

    • Why you want join industry, while most of your experience has been in academia?   Answer Question
    • Questions related to my research   Answer Question
    • Behavioral questions such how you will manage multiple projects   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ weeks. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I applied online. A week later I was called by the hiring manager, a scientist in the group that the position belonged to. We chatted for an hour about my research and she said it would take two weeks for them to get back to me. They got back to me the same day and asked to arrange an onsite interview. The onsite interview was a day long and consisted of half hour interviews with 16 different scientists. Most of them wanted me to talk about my past experience and ask them questions. So have questions prepared. I went to dinner the same day with the hiring manager and a scientist within the group. I got a verbal offer a week later, pending background check of course. And a written offer a week and a half later.

    Interview Questions

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    Senior Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Since I was a long distance candidate, they flew me out for the interview. The interview lasted half a day (about 5 hours), and met with the cross-functional staff. Each of them had a great interest in my background and what I wanted to do. One or two people had canned questions, but they were softballs nonetheless.

    However, it's been over two months (maybe three) and I haven't heard back from them.

    Interview Questions

    • Some behavioral, some from the resume, some from my experiences, and some in regards to the job at hand.   Answer Question

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    Grad Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Submitted resume via company website. Interviewed via phone 3-weeks after resume submission with the manager. The interview was only over the phone and it lasted around 45mins. After touching bases with the manager I was extended an offer extended 2 weeks after interview.

    The interview process was very straight forward, and the questions were regarding the position described in the posting and what relevant experience did I have in the field to be able to hit the ground running for the project.

    Interview Questions

    • Have you had any experience in 'xxx' field? If so, what did you do?   Answer Question
    • What makes you a good candidate for this role?   Answer Question

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    One day trip to the company,
    First, an hour presentation, the presentation was board casted to other company department located all over the US.
    More than 10 face-to-face talk, cheap lunch was offered.


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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Phone interview and then on-site interview. Met with direct manager and then ancillary management that were site-specific and internal customers of the department I was interviewing with. The site I interviewed at was fiercely independent of the corporate office (located in Thousand Oaks). Priorities did not always align and I even got a sense of that disconnect during my interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions regarding cross-functional background and ability to interact with scientific customers and end-users. Questions regarding personality and best work environment.   Answer Question

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    Clinical Ops Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    I was invited for an in-person interview after 2 phone screens and was promised for a confirmation regarding the available times. I never received any confirmations regarding the interview times until I followed-up on 2 accounts.

    During my in-person interview, I was turned off by how some members of the team did not understand my work environment despite the fact that I kept mentioning how my current company worked. I was questioned about why my company was structured in such a way and why I was in my current position and not a lower position. I was also questioned countless times by the same interviewers why I had so many responsibilities, despite the fact that I told them that my company was very small. I felt that some of the managers on the team were very disrespectful, not professional and not open-minded about any other clinical trials that occur outside of drug development.

    Sadly, I was excited about any opportunities with Onyx until I met the team..

    Interview Questions

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    Grad Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Submitted application online via the website. Contacted by hiring manager for a phone interview 16 days after the online submission.

    1 round of interview, 1-on-1 with hiring manager over the phone within a couple days after being contacted. Decision was rendered the following week.

    Was contacted by HR and asked to do a background check, afterwards was given an offer. Post offer details involved drug test and another background check.

    Overall, the interview process was very straightforward.

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Tell me about yourself?
      Q: Why Amgen?
      Q: How does your background make you a good candidate for this position?
      Q: What are you interested in?
      Q: How much of the summer are you able to commit?

      All the questions were very common interview questions.   Answer Question

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    Facilities Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in October 2012.

    Interview

    just the right amount time. Met with several employees related to my overall departments. everyone was friendly and supportive. Was given a tour of the facility, labs and operations areas. Also had lunch in the cafeteria. The entire process was long but didn't feel that way. Everything was well organized. Met with 6 people overall as well HR. They answered all of the questions that I have. They were more than willing. I left feeling very satisfied with the interview process

    Interview Questions

    • It's been so long ago that I don't really remember what the questions were. But I assume they were the standard questions. Nothing too intimidating.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The negotiation phase lasted a couple of weeks. got what I was asking for. Every competitive salary


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    Specialist Systems Administrators Interview

    Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Amgen (South San Francisco, CA) in March 2011.

    Interview

    Interview process was pretty standard, I met with the groups I would be supporting and the groups I would be working with. There was a good bit of dissent about the duties, as this position is split between a number of groups. The interview consisted of a number of phone interviews, then an in-person interview. I was working with a recruiter, and he handled a lot of the logistics.

    The buracracy for the interview and hiring was quite significant, and took a lot of management

    Negotiation

    I was able to negotiate base salary, compensation for lost options from my old job. The salary and benefits negotiation is handled by an contractor (all hiring is outsourced) so be as tough as possible. The hiring manager has no vested interest other than getting you in for the lowest possible salary.


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