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South San Francisco, CA (US)
10000+ employees
Roche
1976
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$10+ billion (CAD) per year
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A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases.

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    great work environment, great and helpful team

    Cons

    moving from contract to full time is difficult

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Genentech Interviews

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    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Genentech.

    Interview

    If you are interviewing for roles at Genentech, buckle up and be prepared for a very lengthy process. There is no hurry on their end and I would chalk that up to the company's reputation for being a top employer in the area. I had several phone interviews before getting to the onsite interview with several weeks of waiting in between.

    Phone interviews: First interview was weird because it's a third party interviewer that asks a preset list of questions and you can hear her typing up your answers. It's strange and impersonal. Another phone interview was with someone not even working with the team (former employee) and asking another list of questions but at least this one was more personable. You don't get much value since they don't work on the team and you have no clue who the hiring managers are. It's pretty vague up until this point. Questions focused on your experience and ability with strategy and analysis.

    Onsite interviews: Prepare to be there for the full day. It's long,it's grueling and you meet many people. They all ask the same questions, mainly behavioral. They want to know how you are able to work in teams, cope with difficult people/situations, prioritize tasks, etc. I found this to be strange since the only opportunity to showcase your analytical ability is in the case study of which is clearly a graph that only internal people can understand. Case study would have been better if you had a few minutes by yourself to digest it before discussing it. The other interesting component to the interview is the presentation. They ask you to prepare a presentation on a topic of your choice but it should showcase your strategy and analytical abilities. You present to people you interviewed with. The hardest part is that you are presenting at the end of the day when you're dog tired from talking to 10 other people.

    Overall I would say the experience was good to have under my belt. With the fight for talent in the area I wonder if they lose people for having such a prolonged process. You'll find yourself having to constantly follow up between rounds. While everyone was very nice and friendly, I questioned their setup while I was there. Like someone else pointed out here on Glassdoor, everyone seems to be in an office which felt very siloed and not team oriented. Yet most questions focused on your ability to work in teams.The atmosphere was also dead quiet and not buzzing with activity as I have seen in other companies. This may work for some but it is something to think about whether this is the type of culture you want to be in. It is clear they have a hard time finding people for these roles (they are constantly reposting the job) and I think it's due to their interview process and style. Maybe it's time to try something new.

    Interview Questions

    • Lots of behavioral questions - every interviewer will ask this. Be prepared with stories (STAR format) to address topics on how you work in teams, handle difficult situations and people, how you handle influence others that don't report to you, etc. There is one case study which you can't prepare for. Most of the interviews is smoke and mirrors - the interview you need to ace is the case study. Having one case study be the major data point is a bit ridiculous. I would say that if this is the most important criteria the team should think about having multiple case studies to give a better picture on a person's ability and focus less on the behavioral questions.   Answer Question
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Company Updates

  • As a global leader in manufacturing biologics, we’re excited to be the first biotechnology company featured on Science Channel’s hit series “How It’s Made.” If you missed Sunday night’s episode featuring our manufacturing process, catch the clip here. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQRTj

    How It's Made

    After 24 years at Genentech, I'm still in awe of how our medicines are made. Unlike small-molecules, biologic medicines are produced by up to 100 trillion living cells and require near-perfect control of the chemical and physical environment. It's an exacting process - pioneered by Genentech scientists - that involves thousands of people, working around the clock and across the globe.

  • Biologics are a class of medicines produced in living cells, which makes manufacturing them fascinatingly complex. Explore the science and process behind making biologics here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQcEP

    Genentech: Topics | Manufacturing

    Our manufacturing is as rigorous as our scientific research. Learn about what it takes to manufacture complex biologic medicines.

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Genentech Awards & Accolades

  • The 50 Best Places to Work for New Dads, Fatherly.com, 2015
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune Magazine, 2015
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