Genentech is a leading biotechnology company that discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines to treat patients with serious diseases. We have multiple products on the market and a promising development pipeline.
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?
Our employees commonly cite the chance to make a difference in the lives of patients as the reason they join and enjoy working at Genentech. To find the right fit when hiring, we look for people who are inspired by our purpose and will share the collaborative, rigorous and entrepreneurial spirit of our company’s culture. We also look for “casual intensity.” Our demeanor and our dress are casual, yet our employees are intensely serious when it comes to their work, helping patients and driving our science. In addition, we seek candidates who have the courage to bring new ideas forward, the ability to make bold decisions while working collaboratively, an innate curiosity and a sense of humor. For this reason, we often stress potential and competencies in hiring over specific skillsets, because this emphasis gets us closer to finding people who will thrive at Genentech for their entire careers.
What can prospective employees do to get your attention?
Because Genentech is a special place to work, we look for something special in our prospective employees. The number one thing that we recruit for is passion. You can't fake true passion. 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 160,000 applications annually.
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. We are hiring within our corporate functions as well, which include Commercial, Corporate Relations, Finance, Human Resources, Legal, Information Technology, Procurement and Site Services. We also hire more than 500 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. About 22 percent of our new hires in 2016 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.