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Senior Manager Interview

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

Application

I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in August 2010.

Interview

Process was quick. First interview was a phone call from hiring manager. Second interview was arranged as 1 on 1's, starting with hiring manager, following several colleagues and ending with HR rep. All interviews were very professional and interview technique changed from interviewer to interviewer.

Interview Questions

Negotiation

No negotiation. Take it or leave it.

Other Interview Reviews for Genentech

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    Senior Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    In general it was lovely meeting everyone. Questions were relatively general and unrehearsed. Personable directors and peers. I'm not sure why there was no offer. They seemed to like my background and thought we connected for the first round of 5 interviews. In general don't expect it to be a rehearsed performance. I believe this area is very busy.

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    1 phone interview plus 2 rounds of in person interviews. They also called my references. I met 12 Genentech employees through the process. High caliber individuals. Culture of "casual intensity" by as described by multiple folks. Also told that it was a feedback rich environment. Excellent employee development opportunities compared to other companies. Top of the line benefits (insurance, 401K, company shuttles, etc.). Work life balance is a concern based on what I could gather. Several employees said the expectations at Genentech are very high. Genentech is a great company!

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing stood out as difficult. They ask questions to assess your domain knowledge and to see if you would be a good fit personality wise.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Economics didn't make sense. The cost of living in San Francisco and surrounding suburbs is significantly higher than most (not all) parts of the country. The salary increase they offered was swallowed by the increase in my monthly mortgage obligation. That is despite the very generous relocation (they give you a six figure down payment bonus at the close of escrow, temporary housing, mortgage subsidy for 3 years, pay closing costs, pay 2 points on loan, and a six figure interest free loan for 5 years). Keep in mind the relo help is taxable. The unvested stock and annual bonus I would be walking way from at my current job was not offset by the signing bonus and stock grant Genentech offered. In my mind accepting the offer would be a step backwards financially.

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    Senior Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in December 2015.

    Interview

    Couple of phone screens with the Associate Director and then the Director. The phone calls were an initial vetting to ensure that the position would be a good fit.

    This was followed by an all day onsite. Included a case/analytical study, presentation, and a series of interviews.

    Incredibly bright group, very passionate about the work they are doing. Great leadership!

    Interview Questions


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    Senior Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Genentech (San Francisco, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Was approached by internal recruiter. No phone scree, got a phone interview with the hiring manager right away. The interview was a little awkward, as the hiring manager seemed to be confused I wasn't updated about Genentech's hiring process. The call went well though, and another call was scheduled with the hiring manager, a team member and a stakeholder of the team. A really good conversation, could pose all questions. They focused mostly on behaviour questions, than on my experience and skills. As the hiring manager is based in Switzerland, and the position I applied is in San Francisco, all interviews were on the phone. I appreciate the very transparent walkthrough on compensation and all next steps after that. Great interview process, even though started a little unconventional.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you think you can manage working with your hiring manager and the majority of the team being remote?   Answer Question

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Genentech in April 2017.

    Interview

    I interviewed for a position in the Market Analysis and Strategy Group. External candidates beware--it's an extremely long process, and you are often competing against internal candidates. I was ultimately told multiple internal candidates had applied, and I couldn't compete as they already knew the job.

    It starts with a call from an external agency doing phone screens, then the next call is with another external person (former employee). The third call (presumably before the in-person) is with someone from the Genentech team you're interviewing for. My first two calls went very well.

    For the third call (scheduled 5 weeks after my first call) , the interviewer was late, and immediately seemed disinterested. She cut off my response to the first question to say I was competing against internal candidates and there was essentially no chance they'd hire externally. I appreciated the interviewer's honestly and directness, but of course, I wish I hadn't invested so much time into a dead end. I understand the need to promote internally, however, it seems there is little proper communication between Genentech and their external hiring agencies. It also was a quite a long process to just let me know I was wasting my time from the start.

    I'm not sure what can be done to improve this, as it's likely the company has to check off a box to comply with regulations that internal candidates compete with external ones. However, external candidates need to know what they're going into.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of behavioural questions, e.g. how do you influence others, work in teams, manage others, etc. The 'technical' questions are very open-ended, e.g. tell me about what you're most proud of.   Answer Question

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA) in June 2017.

    Interview

    Conversations with managers in a conference room following submission of resume online and informational interviews with hiring manager and potential colleagues. Several one on one interviews and a couple panel interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a situation where you did this,or that, or where this happened or didn't, or where you were faced with this or that challenge.   1 Answer

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    Senior Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Genentech (South San Francisco, CA).

    Interview

    I don't think Genentech is truly interested in hiring outside candidates. The whole process seems skewed toward shuffling people around internally (people are only in their roles 18-24 months before moving). I've been jerked around at this company with multiple roles now, and it honestly is getting old and the process reflects poorly on them as an organization. It seems like HR sends hiring manager some external candidates to evaluate so they can check a box and say they considered outside hires...but they never really consider you. The feedback I got (when I even got feedback at all) was that I didn't have some very specific experience that you could only have if you worked there. So why did you even interview me in the first place?

    The process varies WIDELY from team to team. With one role, it was straight to an in-person one-on-one with the hiring manager. With another role, it was 2 phone calls with the hiring manager, followed by a full day in-person with people who clearly didn't want to be bothered speaking with me. And another role was a call with the hiring manager, a full day of in person interviews, followed by a second day of in person interviews. Some interviews were highly structured where the people clearly had a question list, and others were more of meandering conversations. Some went the full time, others wrapped up in only half the allotted time.

    Unless you know someone who can give you the inside scoop, good luck getting much information on the role, how the department is structured, or what they expect from candidates. There is an endless soup of acronyms thrown at you, which they expect you to intuit. And some snarky interviewers will throw ridiculous questions at you that you couldn't possibly answer well if you didn't already work there and know the company's approaches and systems. I even got a nasty question about "how would you respond to the perception that your experience is limited because it is only in XXX"--implying that my experience was inferior to other candidates. Again--WHY DID YOU INTERVIEW ME THEN? And what a rude, belittling thing to say!!!

    With most of the roles, there was little if any feedback. The one time I got useful feedback, I think it's because the hiring manager actually cared and we had connected well throughout the process. In one situation, HR said that based on my phone screen they wanted to bring me in for an interview....and then after weeks of not getting a reply back from them I got a rejection letter. How do you go from "we want to bring you in" to "rejection" with no explanation and just a generic form letter rejection? Unprofessional.

    Honestly, the whole process has really soured my impression of this company. I think it's difficult to get into the company unless you get in on the ground floor in an entry level role, and/or unless you know someone who works there. Many of the people seem reasonably smart, but no smarter than those at one of the many other healthcare companies in the Bay Area. It seems like employees like to protect their turf and are highly critical of other candidates who match or surpass their intellect, nitpicking on everything they can find. You can always find a reason not to hire someone if you try hard enough. It also seems like the employees at Genentech jealously guard their cushy jobs (I've heard people only work 20-30hrs/wk at most), and aren't interested in dynamically moving a company forward. Good riddance.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you respond to the perception that your experience is limited because it is only in XXX?   Answer Question

    Genentech Response

    Oct 7, 2016 – Staffing Programs

    Thank you for taking the time to leave this review. As someone who has gone through several interviews, your feedback is really important to us. Our interview process is constantly evolving, as we... More

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    Participated in two rounds of interviews, probably eight interviews in all.

    Interview Questions

    • Was asked very technical, occupational questions. No softballs.   Answer Question

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