Application And Hiring Process
- Does Olympus recruit or interview on campus?
- If you do not recruit on my campus, can I still apply for the Olympus Fellows Program?
- The Fellows position is posted on my school's Career Services website. Can I apply through my school?
- What degrees or majors do Fellows usually have?
- Should I include a cover letter/transcript/writing sample/references/other when I send in my resume?
- What can I expect from the recruiting and interview process?
- What is the application deadline?
Life As An Olympus Fellow
- Do Fellows travel often?
- Are all Fellows located in Center Valley, PA?
- When do Fellows start each year?
- How do Fellows participate in Olympus 'Social IN' activities?
- Who do Fellows report to?
- How are Mentors chosen? Will my Mentor change every rotation?
- Do Fellows pursue MBAs or other graduate degrees?
- Will I be placed in a rotation in a field that I do not have experience in?
- What opportunities does Olympus offer for continued training and growth?
Application And Hiring Process
1. Does Olympus recruit or interview on campus?
We have concluded our campus visits for the academic year of 2011/2012. Please complete the on-line application in order to be considered for advancement in the interview process.
2. If you do not recruit on my campus, can I still apply for the Olympus Fellows Program?
Yes, if we do not visit your campus, you can still apply for the Olympus Fellows Program through our website.
3. The Fellows position is posted on my school's Career Services website. Can I apply through my school?
No. We can only accept applications through our online application system. If you apply only through your school, we will not receive your application.
4. What degrees or majors do Fellows usually have?
We accept all majors from any Bachelor's or Master's degree program. Graduate and current Fellows have a range of majors, including marketing, finance, engineering, psychology, biochemistry, international relations, supply chain management and information systems, economics, kinesiology, business administration and more.
5. Should I include a cover letter/transcript/writing sample/references/other when I send in my resume?
The first phase of the selection process is a resume review. You do not need to submit any supporting documents. Depending on a candidate's qualifications, additional documents such as a writing sample and transcript will be requested of those applicants who advance further in the interview process.
6. What can I expect from the recruiting and interview process?
Qualified candidates will experience a selective interview process, including:
- Phone Interviews
- Writing Samples
- First-round, on-site interviews with several business leaders
- Second-round, on-site interviews with management team
- Executive-round interview
7. What is the application deadline?
We recruit throughout the academic year. Although there is no set deadline, we encourage students to apply as early in the academic year as possible. Once the next class of Fellows has been identified, the position will be removed from our job posting website until the beginning of the next academic year.
Life As An Olympus Fellow
1. Do Fellows travel often?
The amount of travel a Fellow can expect will depend on each rotational assignment. For example, a Fellow in a Marketing or Sales rotation may have the opportunity to travel to trade shows or conferences, or shadow physicians who use Olympus products. Overall, Fellows can expect to spend the majority of their time at our Headquarters for the Americas in Center Valley, PA.
2. Are all Fellows located in Center Valley, PA?
Most Fellows will complete all four of their rotations in Center Valley. However, Fellows have been assigned to rotations in other locations, such as Southborough, MA, and Maple Grove, MN.
Additionally, for the Class of 2012, we will be looking for a Fellow to be located in our Olympus Latin America headquarters in Miami, FL, for the entire length of the Program. This Fellow must be fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
3. When do Fellows start each year?
Typically, each class of Fellows will begin around the second full week of June, starting with a week-long "Orientation Boot Camp." It provides new Fellows the opportunity to meet other members of their class, connect with their mentors and gain an in-depth understanding of Olympus operations, values and corporate culture.
4. How do Fellows participate in Olympus 'Social IN' activities?
As a group, or individually, Fellows have participated in charity marathons, adopting a family for the holidays, volunteering at a local animal shelter and more. In addition, Fellows participate in at least one service activity per month. Olympus also has a volunteer program for all employees called Visionary Volunteers.
5. Who do Fellows report to?
Fellows will have a new manager for each rotation. Therefore, Fellows will report to a different person every six months. The Human Resources Generalist assigned to the Fellows, as well as their individual Mentor, will remain constant throughout the full two-year program.
6. How are Mentors chosen? Will my Mentor change every rotation?
Some Mentors are graduates of the Fellows Program; others are not. Mentors are chosen by the management team and will be paired with Fellows based on shared experiences as much as possible. The Mentor assigned to each incoming Fellow will remain with the Fellow for the entire two years.
7. Do Fellows pursue MBAs or other graduate degrees?
Continuing education is an individual choice for every employee. Some Fellows may come into the program with a Master's degree already in hand. Others may wait until they graduate from the Olympus Fellows Program before deciding on a course of study. Continuing education is encouraged and valued at Olympus (see the "Benefits@Olympus" link on the main Career Center page for more information about educational assistance).
8. Will I be placed in a rotation in a field that I do not have experience in?
Because rotations are determined based on both the Fellow's interests and experience and the company's needs, it is possible that a Fellow will complete a rotation in an area where the Fellow has little prior experience. We have learned that these "out of your comfort zone" experiences are invaluable training and growth opportunities for Fellows. In addition, these rotations enable Fellows to experience aspects of Olympus that they may not be exposed to otherwise.