Host said: It's always hard to know what to expect when going in for that interview -- and preparation can make all the difference. What is the interview process like at GENENTECH?
Any advice on striking the right note?
2 Days of interviews; an average of 4 people per day. Genentech's corporate IT department is extremely disorganized and they really do not value technologists. This group looks for people that are business analysts that have exposure to technology but really don't care if you have hard IT skills.
Their expectations for people at the Associate Director level are unreasonable, usually 8-10 years of experience managing direct reports with specific granular hands-on knowledge of core business areas like finance, supply chain management, etc. They really are looking to promote from within so it is hard to get a good read on their level of interest if you are an outsider.
The recruiting department, while very cordial, treats IT people as commodities but are very wishy washy during the process. They usually push very hard to find out if you are truly serious about living in the Bay Area (if you are not local) and make no bones about the fact that it is extremely expensive to live in and around San Francisco and expect you to be comfortable paying $750,000 for a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom 40+ year old home.