Founded nearly 40 years ago, we are a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. We are a member of the Roche Group, headquartered in South San Francisco, California.
How to Get Hired
We asked Genentech for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.
What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?
We are always curious to know how a candidate's career interests fit with Genentech's mission. Being able to speak authentically about what attracts you to the company and mission is key to pursuing any role across the business. We also look for candidates who are collaborative and have excellent communication skills, as both competencies will help them navigate the culture successfully.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
A genuine interest in the mission of Genentech is critical, and knowledge about the company and our history can help in an interview. When applying online, be sure your resume is customized to the role you're applying for so it stands out among the many we receive. Genentech currently receives approximately 250,000 applications annually.
Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?
Interviews at Genentech are primarily composed of competency-based questions with the intention of eliciting answers from candidates that are grounded in their previous experience or how they might react to a particular situation. Our interview process can be rigorous, as we often expect a candidate to interview with many stakeholders to build a complete picture of a candidate. Technical candidates should not be surprised to receive technical questions in an interview setting.
Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?
As in previous years, we continue to hire across our business for scientists, engineers, physicians, clinical specialists, regulatory and quality experts as well as individuals with operations and manufacturing experience. Sales and marketing professionals with neuroscience backgrounds are a particular focus for us this year and next, and we are hiring within our corporate functions as well, which include Corporate Relations, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Procurement and Site Services. We also hire approximately 400 interns and co-ops each year.
What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?
In addition to applying at careers.gene.com, candidates should consider their networks and connect with Genentech employees for advice and potential referrals. Approximately 35 percent of our new hires in 2014 were from employee referrals. Many of our recruiters are on LinkedIn, so it's worth connecting with them online to discuss the role you're interested in pursuing. Candidates should also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter to get a sense for our culture and what it's like to work at Genentech. Greater familiarity with the company will help in the interview process.