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San Diego has a fantastic culture. I’ve never seen a happier community of scientists in academia or private industry. It’s incredibly refreshing.

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Medical, Dental, 401K, Stock Options

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Flexible - I worked from 7-3;30 - first shift

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Interviews are usually stressful but it was a great experience!

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What was my greatest strength and weakness?

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Vacation, Sick and Personal time were all separate. The time off that they granted you, was competitive to other Pharma companies.

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Yes, you are allowed to work from home if you get your managers approval.

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Balance in numer of people each admin supports

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To find a perm job.

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I’m sure it changes from location to location. Like most biotech companies, Celgene contracts out their more entry level positions (Senior Research Associate/Associate Scientist) to different recruiting agencies like Yoh, Kelly Services, Apex, Sunrise Systems, USTech, etc. These contracts generally last 6-12months after which you may or may not be converted to a FTE. These jobs are also hourly. You can negotiate the wage with the particular recruiter. For example, an entry level Associate Scientist, In Vitro gets $30/hr ($62,400/yr) in San Diego. So you can expect any FTE position on Celgene’s career website to pay about $70,000 base salary. If it’s a PhD position, you can expect at minimum $75,000.

I’d note that for the aforementioned recruiter contract positions, all biotech companies contract the recruiters for a set amount of money before you’re even offered the position. For example, if a Recruiter offers between $25-$32/hr DOE for a Scientist position at Celgene, it’s because Celgene already promised to pay the recruiter a fixed amount above $32/hr for your work. So if the recruiter asks you to apply, ask for the highest amount. Otherwise you’re getting less than what Celgene is technically paying for you—and Celgene will never know you’re getting less than what you think you deserve. That’s how these recruiters make their profit.

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