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I have been working at GlaxoSmithKline as a contractor (Less than a year)
The people at GSK are what makes it a great company. There seems to be a culture of camaraderie and mutual respect that is missing in other companies. The people are always willing to help & are very nice and professional. People are mostly happy and have a good attitude, which in turn makes new hires & temps happy to be there. The facilities are tidy and well kept...I believe it is very important to come to work and be surrounded by a sense of order & beauty since you are there 8+ hours a day. It seems that new hires are allowed to learn at their own pace, rather than being expected to know everything immediately and getting angry when they don't know. In turn, new hires are encouraged to learn and grow as much as they are willing, rather than just "knowing their place".
As a temp, it is frustrating to be as capable (or more capable) as permanent employees. You may be working with people who don't have a college degree, but are permanent employees just because they got in at the right time. There are alot of temps, so it is definitely a system of "haves" and "have nots".
Advice to Management
Instead of every department hiring multiple temps, why not have "floating" permanent employees at the associate level that can move around wherever needed. This may be cheaper than paying temp agencies' giant fees (that are making a huge profit) & could encourage more cross-departmental collaboration. It would also encourage young, associate level scientists to really have buy-in with the company and be valuable, well-versed scientists with a wide variety of knowledge.
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I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at GlaxoSmithKline (Upper Providence, PA (US)) in March 2019.
I applied online. After about two weeks received and email to set up a phone interview. practically all STAR format questions and a brief walk through of your skills. Then a week later received an email for another phone screen interview with the manager. This was also a STAR format and a walk through of your skills and resume. After two weeks I received another email for an in person interview. During the in person interview they ask STAR questions and you are expected to give a presentation. After about a month following the interview I received an offer. Not very hard but very long. They want to make sure you are very knowledgeable and that you can back up what is on your resume so best to tell the truth on it.