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Immunocore Overview

Abingdon, England
201 to 500 employees
2008
Company - Private
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Immatics Biotechnologies, Adaptimmune

Immunocore Reviews

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    Former Employee - Service Desk Technician in Abingdon, England
    Former Employee - Service Desk Technician in Abingdon, England
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Immunocore full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere
    - A strong sense of community
    - Supportive environment

    Cons

    - Career Prospects in some departments

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Immunocore Photos

Immunocore photo of: Company Photo Oct 2017
Immunocore photo of: Our offiices in Conshohocken
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Immunocore photo of: A run to raise money for charity
Immunocore photo of: UK Update Meeting (US joined by video)
Immunocore photo of: Walk completed, £4,300 rasied for the charity Sense and a well deserved glass of bubbly!
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Immunocore Interviews

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    Biochemist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Abingdon, England
    No Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Immunocore (Abingdon, England) in April 2016.

    Interview

    The interview was a disgrace. I felt unwelcome from the moment I was called into the meeting room. There was no 'hello' or 'how was your journey' or any icebreaker pleasantries as you would expect. The 4 interviewers appeared to be laughing at me and giving each other conspiring, shifty looks when I walked in, and tried to stifle their laughs (albeit not very well). Whether they were laughing at me (my mannerisms are a little unorthodox, admittedly) or some inside joke (such as a blanket-emailed viral skateboarding cat video), I will never know. It was still incredibly unprofessional, insulting and intimidating. Needless to say, this absolutely undermined my performance for the rest of the interview. To put it frankly, it reminded me of cliquey children teasing in a playground. These were senior managers! ABSOLUTELY SHOCKING!

    The rest of the interview was not very pleasant either. Throughout the entire interview, they seemed hellbent to to catch me out with their questions. Normally, an interview is a pleasant professional 2-way dynamic dialogue in which both interviewer and interviewee say their piece, but this was far from that. They were very cold and unfriendly throughout. I could tell that I wasn't welcome there. My feeling is that they already had a (possibly internal) candidate in mind, and they only called me so they could fulfill an interview quota (and get some light entertainment out of it).

    Through previous email correspondence with HR, I was informed beforehand that there would be a lab tour after. And yet, as the interview was drawing to a close after (what seemed like) 20 minutes, I could tell that the interviewers were ready to bid me farewell. So I had to ask for a lab tour, as promised in the email. At that point, the interviewers looked hesitantly at each other as though they had been greatly inconvenienced, but agreed. The gentleman showing me around was warm, friendly and helpful, in stark contrast to the interviewers. The lab looked busy and well-equipped and (aside from the harrowing interview) seemed like a place I would like to work.

    As shocked and appalled as I was by the interviewers' behaviour, I sincerely believe that it was not representative of Immunocore as a company. Immunocore is an innovative biotech company with a pipeline of ImmTAC biotherapeutics focussing on a range of immuno-oncology diseases. ImmTACs are bi-specific molecules with both anti-CD3 scFv for tumour recognition and T-cell receptor to activate a T-cell response to destroy cancer cells. I applaud Immunocore's work and would have genuinely loved to have contributed towards this.

    The experience was so traumatic, I cried on the train journey home. It shattered my spirits for days to come. What hurt the most was not being taken seriously. For them, it might be another 20 minutes in the meeting room tick-box checklisting just another candidate who they have no intention of hiring. For me, it was several weeks of intense preparation and psyching myself up, not to mention travelling half-way across the country for this kangaroo court of an interview.

    Needless to say, even if offered the role, I would not accept it!

    A message to hiring managers: Please conduct yourself well in an interview, because as well as assessing candidates, you too will be assessed, and your conduct reflects that of the company! Please take recruitment seriously and don't joke around in the interview room. Please save it for tea breaks or Friday after-work drinks down the pub. There is a time and place for recalling that cat video, or the revelry of last years Xmas party, but the interview room is not the place! Please treat every interviewee with dignity and respect. Please attempt to see beyond the exterior of the individual, without preconception, prejudging or stereotyping. 'Weird' is not necessarily bad. Sometimes, the most unlikely borderline-case candidates may turn out to be the most suitable new hires!

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Immunocore Awards & Accolades

  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, 2017
  • The Sunday Times Tech Track 100, The Sunday Times (UK), 2016

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