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Gwinson Gamboa
Materials Management

I found out they hire temporary work, and that's actually how I got my foot in the door.

How did you get your big breaks?

The impression I got out of college is that it would be pretty difficult to get my foot in the door. I just kept following up on resumes I sent. Through word of mouth, I heard that Genetech was a really great place to work at, that employees are really happy here. I found out they hire temporary work, and that's actually how I got my foot in the door. I think the best route if you can't get a response out of HR (which is pretty impossible because they get thousands of resumes), the best thing to do is to go in as a temp worker. A lot of companies hire temps. At Genetech, we have an on-campus temp hiring agency called INTERIM. They will find a place for you really quickly. That's the best avenue if you don't know somebody. Everyone is required to have a B.S. degree. No one in my dept has anything higher.?The interview process is really intense. 5 panels: Lead panel, tech panel, the HR person, the hiring manager, and the supervisor. Yeah, it's pretty intense. For two of the five panels, there are three people.

What was the best advice you received when you were first starting out in your career?

Don't give up on your dreams.

What have you learned from your experience?

A "Ho-Ho" is like hanging out at a bar. The company I work for has one every Friday after work. They serve wine, beer, appetizers. Sometimes they have caterers come down from restaurants. There will be a cook-out or bbq sometimes. Games, prizes. I had never heard of a "ho-ho" before I started working here.

What most excites you about your job right now?

It's a really great crowd I work with. The people are young, the people are old, the people are of all mixes.: it's a good representation of how diverse the bay area is. Everyone's available, is encouraged to interact with different departments. The company I work for puts a lot of effort into trying to make sure we are interacting with everyone, so that there are no barriers.

On a scale of 1-10, how relevant was your academic major to your career? (1=not at all, 10=absolutely essential)

10 Absolutely Essential

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