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30+ days ago

Financial Planning

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

Counsyl is a technology company that strives to give millions of men and women access to vital information about their bodies, helping them… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Software Engineer - Devops

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

Counsyl is a technology company that strives to give millions of men and women access to vital information about their bodies, helping them… Glassdoor


2 days ago

Payroll Manager – new

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

As the Payroll Advisor/ Manager, you will process the payroll for all multi-state locations and ensure an accurate and timely delivery of payroll for… Glassdoor


2 days ago

Clinical Account Executive – new

Counsyl Cleveland, OH +2 locations

As a Clinical Account Executive, youâll be in the field representing Counsyl and working with physicians to integrate the most technologically… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Software Engineer - Computational Biology

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

As a Software Engineer at Counsyl you will help to build the computational components of a new generation of clinical molecular diagnostic tests. As… Glassdoor


2 days ago

Automation Specialist (Night Shift) – new

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

You should have a BS in Electrical Engineering / Biomedical Engineering (or equivalent) and/or independent experience working on laboratory or… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Clinical Laboratory Assistant - Accessioner - Part Time

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

B.A. in Biological Sciences Ability to work diligently with minimal supervision Basic computer proficiency Good attendance record Must be… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Software Engineer

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

To solve the problems associated with scaling the medical genome, we hire generalists rather than specialists. Our engineers are pragmatists who know… Glassdoor


2 days ago

IT Support Specialist – new

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

You are passionate about learning new things, and are constantly striving for growth. Savvy with a variety of software and hardware platforms and… Glassdoor


2 days ago

Director of Regulatory Affairs – new

Counsyl South San Francisco, CA

Most importantly, you want to think with innovation about the way regulatory strategy and policy can impact product development… Glassdoor


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    Changing diagnostic medicine through cutting-edge bioinformatics and software

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Counsyl full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    First, a caveat, most reviews on glassdoor tend to be pretty polarized, either gushing with praise or sour grapes. I'll try to be more even-handed here. Also, I can only speak from my experience as a software engineer at Counsyl, so this review will be pretty heavily biased in that direction.

    The software engineering team is overall incredibly strong compared to most other software startups out there, probably up there with other top-tier startups of its size. These are A players that want to work with other A players. Consequently, the interview process is fairly rigorous, and a strong emphasis is placed on culture fit. Salaries are comparable with Google, Facebook, et al. but the equity portion has a much higher upside than what you would get at those places.

    Engineering management culture encourages bottom-up innovation instead of stifling with top-down imperatives. In fact, there is not a whole lot of management as the hierarchy is fairly flat and most engineers are given a ton of latitude to identify, spec, and implement solutions to problems.

    The engineering organization prefers people to become strong generalists instead of specializing on one particular thing. Teams are fairly fluid, and moving to different project areas to learn new skills and keep your mind fresh is encouraged.

    This is a culture that's focused around shipping code and products. There are cons to this, and I'll address that below.

    Overall, I would say that the most refreshing thing about working for Counsyl is the shared passion that everybody has for the company mission. It feels good to say that you're helping to change medicine in a positive way using software and technology, instead of using those skills to sling ads slightly more efficiently, or build exploitative freemium mobile games. I think there are very few companies in the valley today where you can confidently say "I am helping to make the world a better place".

    Cons

    As alluded to above, this is a company that wants to ship fast. The consequence of shipping fast is technical debt, so there is always a compromise to be made. This was a fairly large problem in the past (messy code, monolithic apps, poor tests), but it has improved a bit over time.

    Also, as mentioned above, there isn't a lot of management or hand-holding on the software engineering team, so sometimes projects are given to people without a whole lot of guidance on how to execute on them, causing them to spin their wheels for too long. This is perhaps a relic from the earlier startup days when one would just be expected to Figure It Out.

    While most engineers are very solid in terms of background, there is a strong bias towards the backend side of development, and less experience on the frontend, user-facing side of product design. I don't necessarily mean frontend web development skills, but rather having the proclivity to think deeply about user experience and how to design products to delight users. There are some, but there needs to be more.

    Probably the biggest con is that Counsyl is growing quickly and consequently it becomes more and more difficult to maintain a cohesive company culture. I think all startups face this crisis at some point or another in their lifetimes, the "how do we not become too corporate?" crisis. I don't know that there's an answer to this one yet.

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    Disintermediate do-nothing middle managers. Keeping things flat throughout the company is how you avoid becoming sclerotic and bureaucratic.

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