I have been working at Lee Hayes (More than 3 years)
Incredible People and Work Environment
VERY unstructured and the "entrepreneurial spirit" means be prepared to fend for yourself
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Lee Hayes.
I had a number of connections to this law firm and was familiar with the type of technology they prosecute, so when one of my connections suggested I apply, I sent my resume to this person who sent it on to the business manager of the firm. I then received an email requesting I interview. Because of joint schedule constraints, my interview day was almost three weeks later. I met with another connection in the days prior to my interview. He asked who I was interviewing with, and as I told him, he either said "they are very smart" or "they are very nice" or both. They conduct the interview partly in person and partly by Video Tele-Conference with a person in one of their other offices. I interviewed for thirty minutes each with five people in the morning, had lunch with two junior associates and then three afternoon interviews of 30 minutes each. The final interview time period was split between the business manager and the HR person. Mostly, I was asked to walk through my resume and the interviewer asked me questions about the things in there. The VTC interviews felt pretty awkward; the camera position was set up to view an entire conference room at a height higher than the person on the other end, so it felt impossible to look at them, as well as the other difficulties of making a personal connection with someone on a screen. By the third walk-through my resume, I wondered if they were testing whether I gave exactly the same answers to each question. Nobody asked how I would take an invention disclosure or respond to an office action. I don't recall any technical questions about patent prosecution. One afternoon interviewer seemed abrasive from the very beginning. Perhaps this was a test of how I'd deal with such a personality, but my qualifications were belittled and in particular I felt denigrated that I did not myself have any patents from my prior technical career. The business manager asked how I thought the interviews went, and I told him I thought they went well. But, I also felt they went worse as the day wore on. I sent thank yous and received responses. Despite regular follow-up, I was never given a hiring decision.
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