Living and working in Korea was an opportunity of a lifetime. The people are warm, friendly and always willing to assist expats. I found the work environment to be fast-paced, stimulating and very rewarding. Project timelines are aggressive and tend to be much shorter than in typical western biotech/pharma companies. This is a blessing in disguise – as a valued expat you will learn to share expertise and disseminate information quickly and effectively (even through language barriers).
At the same time you will gain invaluable knowledge on the entire product development life cycle in a very short amount of time. This is a win-win situation for both the company and the expat employee. Besides work, the opportunities for family life are great. You will meet and form true friendships with many other foreigners especially through the international schools and expat clubs. Another tremendous life benefit is the opportunity to travel throughout Southeast Asia. Take advantage! Gather cherished memories of riding elephants around the temples in Cambodia, climbing the Great Wall in China, sitting on the beautiful beaches in Thailand and Vietnam, and trying all of the wonderfully delicious food in the region. The close proximity of the Incheon International Airport allows for convenient travel to truly unique locations within and around Korea. Work and life as an expat in Korea was an amazing experience and is highly recommended.
John Kim, Director of Analytical Development at Celltrion
I had the opportunity to work with Jeff Schwartzman while I was exploring employment opportunities late 2010. Jeff was an excellent resource throughout the whole process. He is honest, does not waste anybody’s time, and understands the needs of all the involved parties. He provided me with relevant insight and a great strategy to land an excellent position with a top pharmaceutical company. Jeff constantly worked with me and the potential employer to ensure that I received the best opportunity to interview, and then to follow up on any questions or concerns that came up afterwards. He is an outstanding recruiter and I will always turn to him first if I am looking to hire or to move on to a different position.
Maen Qadan, Senior Scientist at Bristol-Myers Squibb