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I worked at GlaxoSmithKline full-time (More than 3 years)
Great culture. Very team oriented and gender balanced. Great offices and facilities.
Sometimes not quick enough off the pace versus similar sized competitors.
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Brentford, England (UK)) in December 2019.
The process begins with an online application. You are then automatically invited to sit a number of online tests, including numerical (pretty standard SHL type format, similar to EY or DHL), and life on the job type scenarios that you have to respond to. If successful at this stage, you get invited to another test, which has a video component and some further exercises, some of which are maths-based, but fairly easy. If successful at that stage, you get invited to an assessment centre. The day has three components: an individual interview with a senior employee, individual exercises, and a final group exercise. The interview was enjoyable, they follow a model called 'strength-based', which is designed to assess what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. The negative part of the interview is that the assessor is not allowed to ask probing questions, they stick to script and read questions out loud. So do not expect a conversation because the process is made to be extremely mechanical. Also, do not let their constant note-taking distract you, because it is part of the process. Now, the individual exercises. At the start of the day we were given a sheet with key facts about a new drug. The information was at all technical, but make sure you familiarise yourself with the key ideas because they will come in handy during the day. The individual exercises assume some information about the new drug I mentioned earlier. They take about 10 minutes each, and everything is timed with an extremely annoying stop-watch that makes a beeping sound when you run out of time. The exercises I had included deciding to which conference panels you should send your team members and explaining why; deciding how and what to convey from some tricky AI info to employees; deciding how to communicate longer shifts to factory workers manufacturing drugs. After articulating your suggestions, they ask you questions for about two minutes. Finally, there's the group exercise, where all the candidates sit around a table with a case-study that they have to work on. Unlike what happens with other companies, you are not asked to present your solutions, but rather, assessors take notes on what is being discussed. I found the process to be poorly designed, as alpha-type candidates can create a very stifling atmosphere very quickly. After that, the day was over. There was a lot of sitting around, and time was not managed every efficiently: considering that the individual interview is half an hour long, the individual exercises take 40 minutes max, and the group exercise is only 15 minutes, it seems like a waste of everyone's time to make candidates show up at 8.15 and leave at 3pm. There was a pleasant atmosphere and everyone from GSK I interacted with was genuinely nice, but make sure you do get a decent sleep the night before because it is going to be an extremely long day, made worse by these super long periods of total inactivity. The interview took place on a Friday and I was informed of their decision by Wednesday, when they sent a poorly phrased email saying that I had not been successful and that they wanted to schedule a call to discuss feedback. After about 2 hours I received a feedback report, which is beyond useless as it is the same format of the feedback reports you get after doing the online tests. On Thursday I received a call from someone in HR who was completely unprepared and did not seem to know how their own feedback process works. We spoke for about 40 minutes, which I guess shows some interest on their part, but it could have lasted 3 minutes because it was totally useless.