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Stratos Genomics
Biotech Laboratory Assistant was asked...March 5, 2015

Do you really 'want' to work 55 hours each week?

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No, this doesn't allow for a good work-life balance.

Yes. To do this caliber of work, yes.

He made it abundantly clear that this was not a ramp-up schedule, and that 55 hours/week was what was expected year round. Again, the position was offering only 34k/year for 55 hours/week and a M.S. in Chemistry in downtown Seattle. The only reason I applied in the first place was because at the time I applied, they did not include the actual compensation package, they just said 'competitive salary', which obviously is a lie. I'm sure they're just trying to sucker in those already living in Seattle and recent graduates from University of Washington, hoping they're desperate. It's unfortunate that the company is doing this, but I wouldn't want to work for them, especially not after the CEO began boasting about his history of firing people. That was as unprofessional as it gets. It's never appropriate to talk about your history of firing people at any point to employees, but during an interview, I was actually disgusted that this was upper management doing something so blatantly unprofessional, and felt good for ending the interview (for the first time ever). I'd have perhaps waved it off, except that I could tell he was being serious. As a result of this, even if I had a different supervisor at this company, I'd be looking for a job elsewhere due to the fact that company politics are always top-down. I still recall that hint from one of the other people working there. "You don't work here for the money". The problem with that, is that most people work exclusively for the money. And $34k/year is barely enough to live on in Seattle. I was expecting at least $40k (if it was just 40 hours/week), but for 55 hours/week, I'd have expected closer to 50k starting. A friend of mine, also a M.S. in Chemistry, is earning about 44-48k/year right now, and is only working 40 hours/week, with the occasional couple hours here and there due to ramp up schedules, but it's not regular. Long story short, don't sell yourself short, or cheap because companies will take advantage of it. This company, sadly, seems to be less reputable in that respect. Look elsewhere. Less

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Regeneron

If you are unsure of how to do something, even if it is a very small task, how do you proceed?

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First, I think about the task at hand. If it is something where I have the tools on hand to figure out what to do, I generally try to figure it out on my own before asking a coworker/supervisor. However, if you think you are going to waste a lot of time trying to figure out something small, I find it best to simply ask. Less

Shusaku Yamamoto

What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.

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When my schedule is interrupted at SY it is normally by being called back into the office at 9 PM or so, and there is no choice - however minor and inconsequential the issue, you have to go back to the office. I'm lucky, though, as if I was on the clerical side I would never be able to leave until the boss has left, often as late as 11PM or even 1AM. Less

Sterne Kessler Goldstein and Fox PLLC

If something is due on Friday when do you finish it?

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The Friday before.

BioLegend
Biotech Job was asked...September 27, 2016

Do you have lab experience?

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I told them my academic lab experience and that I don't have any experience in the industry. Less

Regeneron

What do you know about Regeneron?

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Just verbatim told them the products that are currently on the market.

Regeneron

Asked a few technical questions I was not prepared for

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Could you give a few examples of those questions? So I would be prepared ;)

Regeneron

2) What do you know about Regeneron?

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Regeneron is founded in 1988, and in 1992 began the clinical trial a neurotrophic factor. However, in 1997 the Phase 3 in the clinical trial didn't achieve its primary endpoint but they didn't give up and decided to focus on new therapeutic solutions. Regeneron pharmaceuticals collaborated with other companies such as Bayer HealthCare and Sanofi to develop fully human antibodies. They begin sponsorship of a mobile laboratory, named BioBus which contributes to science education in underserved school districts In 2013 they opened their European business office in Dublin, Ireland. E 2015 Regeneron started operations in Limerick, being considered the largest bioprocessing campus in Ireland. Where manufactures a broad range of biopharmaceuticals for patients. Regeneron is a leading science-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions. Regeneron commercializes medicines for high LDL cholesterol, eye diseases. Less

Shusaku Yamamoto

What was the toughest unjustified criticism that your work received and how did you handle it?

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The toughest unjustified criticism I've received was the public dressing down I received in front of the entire office from a senior staff member at SY, about something that was actually their fault. Less

Regeneron

What are your strengths?

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What are your weaknesses?

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