How to get a job at

Genentech

Genentech is a pioneering, biotechnology giant based out of San Francisco that has its employees raving about work/life balance and generous benefits.

What

Genentech

Looks For

Genentech acknowledges that employees are key to their success. Genentech seeks passionate people driven to tackling some of the world’s most challenging medical conditions. Genentech also cites statistical/analytical skills, knowledge of Python, effective communication, and passion for scientific intelligence as major pluses.

History of

Genentech

Genentech has a clear-cut mission statement: “Work hard, play hard, and give back.” No wonder Genentech has earned its place on Fortune’s Best Companies list for 22 years.

Quick Facts

Entry-level careers:
Accounting
Business Development / Corporate Development
PR / Corporate Communications
Customer Support / Success
Engineering
Finance
Human Resources / People / Talent
IT/IS
Legal / Public Policy
Manufacturing
Quality Assurance
Sales / Account Management
Marketing
Supply Chain / Logistics
Research & Development
industries
Biotech / Pharma
office locations
Greater San Francisco
Greater San Diego
Greater Sacramento
Greater Portland
Greater Louisville
2019 Revenue:
$4.53B

Genentech

Internship Programs

Genentech Internship Program

Genentech offers paid internships in California - South San Francisco, Vacaville, and Oceanside - as well as in Hillsboro, Oregon. Most internships take place in the summer and are typically 10 to 12 weeks long. Interns are recruited for many functions across the company and will work on challenging, business-critical projects.

Genentech Co-op Program

Genentech also offers a Cooperative Education Program that gives students the opportunity to supplement their education with valuable hands-on experience and training. Co-ops are paid and are typically 6 to 12 months.


Types of Internships:

  • Data Science
  • Engineering
  • R&D
  • And more...

Internship Info

Number of interns (2019):
Preferred education level:
Pursuing a Bachelor’s Master’s, PharmD, or PhD.
Perks:
  • Learning & network opportunities
  • End-of-summer presentation of project findings to senior management
  • Career development panels
  • VP Lunch and Learn speaker series
  • Consideration for future full-time positions, rotation programs, or contract roles

Genentech

Interview Process

Genentech’s summer internship job applications generally open in November of the previous year and run through the end of March. Selections for internships vary by position, but are generally made during January through April.

1. Initial Phone Screen

The first step is a brief phone conversation with a hiring manager to go over your background, interests, and communicating/collaborating style to see if you’re a good fit.

2. Phone Interview

The next step is a phone interview, this one more in-depth.


How to Prepare

Use your network

Reach out to your alumni network or employees via LinkedIn and see if they can offer you insight into Genentech and the interview process.

Do your research

Conduct research on Genentech so that you can tell an interviewer exactly how your vision, ideal work environment, interests, and goals align with theirs. Have a list of questions ready to show your passion.

Check out the biotech/pharma market

Impress your interviewers with your knowledge on the biotech market including, but not limited to, current trends, market forecasts, and Genentech’s market share.

Practice makes perfect

The positions are very competitive to get, so doing your research and preparing for behavioral-type and any relevant technical questions is imperative. 


Common Interview Questions at

Genentech

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  • Why Genentech vs other companies?
  • What are you interested in this role?
  • Please share your recent leadership experience.
  • What is a strength and a weakness of yours?