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Affymetrix Overview

Waltham, MA
1001 to 5000 employees
1902
Company - Public (AFFX)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (USD) per year
Affymetrix is now part of Thermo Fisher Scientific.

As the world’s leader in serving science, at Thermo Fisher Scientific, we offer services and products that help customers around the globe in laboratories and clinics, on production lines and out ... Read more

Mission: Mission: Enabling our Customers to Make the World Healthier, Cleaner and Safer.

It’s more than just something that fills our days. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, our work has a purpose. Our work requires passion and creates meaningful outcomes. Our ... Read more

Affymetrix – Why Work For Us?


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At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we work together to accelerate research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. We know that our people are the source of our global success, and we embrace the unique qualities and differences of each of our professionals. The story of our progress begins with giving our people the freedom and support to drive innovation through cutting-edge thinking.

If you’re looking for an opportunity that you can build your future on, you’ll discover that, at Thermo Fisher Scientific, each one of our 50,000 extraordinary minds has a unique story to tell. And we all contribute to a singular mission—enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

What story will you tell? Explore our opportunities and join our team. 


My story…

I’m part of a group that works to improve processes for our customers, including replacing hazardous chemicals with more environmentally friendly alternatives. Among many other advancements, we’re finding ways to limit the use of chemical reagents and dangerous solvents, leading to the elimination of hundreds of tons of hazardous waste each year. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we are fully committed to promoting innovative thinking and pursuing a sustainable future. – Matt, Scientist

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Why work at Thermo Fisher Scientific?

1. What you do every day will be meaningful

On our team, everyone makes an impact. It starts from within each of us, and when we bring our expertise together, we make a significant difference—to our team, to our customers and to the world.

2. You’ll have the opportunity to define your path

You’ll discover resources that match your professional development interests, a culture that welcomes your ideas and opportunities that only a global leader can provide.

3. You’ll work with purpose

As part of our global team, what you do contributes directly to our mission: enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

4. You can share our passion for doing things the right way

You’ll work alongside enthusiastic colleagues who are dedicated to acting responsibly, collaborating effectively and making a difference in the world.

5. You’ll be able to realize your best

In our diverse work environment, you’ll be inspired by colleagues, empowered to exercise your imagination on real-world challenges and supported with benefits that enhance your life.


 My story…

What I do helps us anticipate the future—by going back as far as we can go. Our instruments help scientists measure small differences in 800,000-year-old ice cores, giving the world access to unprecedented information about how the climate has changed—and crucial clues about what lies ahead. Every day, I’m able to impact people who are doing important work and making groundbreaking discoveries. – Daniel, Applications Specialist

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The expertise of our 50,000 team members reflects the wide-ranging experiences, interests and perspectives of the world we serve. To help us meet our customers’ needs, we offer professional opportunities in many diverse disciplines. For scientists and engineers, you’ll find challenging roles across areas including Genetics, Chemical Analysis, Medical Sciences, Applied Sciences, Biosciences and Bioproduction—plus the global R&D and IT teams that support all of these science divisions. Additionally, we have valuable opportunities in areas like Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Finance and many more.

You’ll discover rewarding opportunities everywhere you look at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Find out more about the work we do, and join our team.


My story…

What I do at Thermo Fisher Scientific sometimes makes an impact on the biggest news stories in the world. During the Ebola outbreak, our team developed a fast, flexible screening kit, and helped to train professionals in Africa to use the kits in monitoring the disease and controlling its spread. At Thermo Fisher, I’m at the forefront of technology and innovation. Our work helps our customers create vaccines, speed diagnostics and monitor the spread of diseases—impacting the lives of millions of people around the world. – Junko, Senior Director, R&D

 

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We value your leadership, your real-world experience, and your commitment to excellence. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, we know how much veterans of the armed services and those transitioning from the military bring to our team. You joined the military to answer a greater calling, and now you can use that same drive to help us accomplish our mission.

On our team, you’ll find a supportive environment that will help bring out the best in you. We are committed to your personal and professional development, and offer a vibrant and growing Veterans Employee Resource Group. We have opportunities for veterans in a wide range of areas across the company, including manufacturing, logistics, procurement, finance, operations, sales, human resources, talent acquisition and more.


My story…

I contribute to the heart of the Thermo Fisher Scientific mission in a fun and fulfilling role that engages STEM education—Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. I present STEM workshops that help K-12 teachers incorporate new and exciting products into their classrooms. My work opens up educational possibilities for both teachers and students.

– Robert, Product Manager, Veteran, United States Air Force

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You have a drive that has fueled your journey so far. Now, discover the opportunity to put that energy toward building your career with a global leader. At Thermo Fisher Scientific, you’ll discover an environment that encourages your continual professional development, and you’ll have the opportunity to do work that has an impact—because every day, you’ll be helping our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

Intern Experience

Thermo Fisher Scientific offers best-in-class internships. We give you a true hands-on experience, the opportunity to solve real-time problems, the chance to network with other interns from different backgrounds, exposure to senior leadership, and even opportunities to give back to the community. Internships are open to students of all degree levels, and successful interns may be invited to join our Leadership Development Programs or direct hire positions upon graduation.

Graduate Experience

If you’re an upcoming graduate, we offer flagship leadership development programs and entry-level direct hire positions across the organization. In our leadership development programs, you’ll be able to accelerate your career with robust, on-the-job learning opportunities, mentorship and structured learning. If you’re ready to hit the ground running in a particular function, our direct hire opportunities are a great way to kick-start your career as well. No matter what you plan to do, if you’re ready to make a difference in the world, you can do it here.


My story…

I have travelled the world, followed my intellectual interests, furthered my education, worked in different disciplines and balanced my job with my life—all at Thermo Fisher Scientific. Starting my career here right after graduate school, I found a role where I was able to combine my dual education in biochemistry and international trade. Sixteen years, five jobs and two hemispheres later, I’m still moving fast at Thermo Fisher, doing work that impacts millions of lives around the globe. – Scott, Senior Manager, Technical Support

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Affymetrix Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Affymetrix (Santa Clara, CA).

    Interview

    First round was a phone interview followed by an in person interview with key members of the team. It was intimidating because there were about 10 members in a round desk including myself asking questions in a sort of 'rapid fire' way.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the questions were based on my past lab experience (e.g. PCR). Not too focused on technical but more so a personality fit assessment.   1 Answer
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Affymetrix Awards & Accolades

  • Top Intern Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009
  • Top Entry Level Employers, CollegeGrad, 2009

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