Complete Genomics – Why Work For Us?

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Complete Genomics is a leader in whole human genome sequencing based in Mountain View, California. Using its proprietary sequencing instruments, chemistry, and software, the company has sequenced more than 20,000 whole human genomes. The company’s mission is to improve human health by providing researchers and clinicians with the core technology and commercial systems to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases and conditions. We are enabling breakthroughs in healthcare with the first end-to-end genomics solution for large-scale, high-quality genomes.


Working at Complete Genomics is an opportunity to be part of the future of genomics. From the beginning, Complete Genomics has focused on whole human genome sequencing. We’ve created sequencing technology and analysis software that are fine-tuned to the human genome with industry-leading accuracy. We are now building a new generation of high-throughput sequencing technology and developing new and exciting research, clinical and consumer applications.

The company spans multiple specialties that are interconnected to each other: genomics, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, software, hardware engineering, operations, research, and others. And as part of the BGI family of companies, we collaborate on interesting and challenging projects to support the success of the entire organization.

Complete Genomics is an inclusive, collaborative environment with fun socials and company events, regular communication forums, and community program involvement. We are looking for people who thrive in a challenging, fast-paced environment, who are team oriented, self-motivated, and committed to contributing to the success of our company. Employees are working towards making a lasting impact in the genomics and health fields.


Employees describe the culture as a friendly, collaborative environment focused on innovation, breakthrough research in science, and open communications. Company leaders are accessible and open to feedback from all members of their teams. Our employees are committed to the company mission and passionate about making a lasting impact in the genomics and health fields. Employees find that they have fun together while working on interesting challenges. 

Given its smaller size, Complete Genomics is able to respond to changes in the industry and technology quickly, and individual employees have a greater impact. Employees are empowered to innovate and make a difference with a variety of responsibilities. 

We have a set of values that we live by at Complete Genomics focused on:

  • our customers 
  • innovation and continuous improvement
  • commitment to our word
  • teamwork
  • making informed, timely decisions 
  • operational excellence  

Complete Genomics has fun socials and company events, weekly all hands communication forums, and a fully stocked kitchen. We are also involved with community fundraisers and programs with high participation levels.


We want candidates and employees with the following aspirations:  

  • To be part of an industry working to change the world 
  • To make a difference with meaningful and impactful work 
  • An interest in biotechnology, genome sequencing and improving lives
  • Those that are team oriented and self-motivated


Through the dedication and hard work of our employees, we are working towards a lasting impact in the genomics and health fields. The company spans multiple specialties: genomics, biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, software, hardware engineering, operations, research, and others. Employees have opportunities for learning, development, and advancement with movement within and across functions.

Benefits & Perks

Complete Genomics offers a comprehensive and competitive package to eligible employees.

  • Competitive salary, annual bonus plan and long term incentive plan
  • Full benefits package —medical, dental, vision, life, disability insurance, EAP, FSA, 401(k)
  • 20 days of PTO per year and 11 scheduled holidays
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Fully stocked kitchen  
  • Holiday party, family picnics, other employee events 
  • Community involvement – fundraising and activities

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    Current Employee - Director in Mountain View, CA
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    I have been working at Complete Genomics full-time (Less than a year)


    Good working environment, friendly co-workers, and cutting edge project in the biotechnology fields. Good market level salary


    still a venture-style company, the revenue of the company cannot support spending. So, the stability is always a concern for the long term

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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Complete Genomics (San Jose, CA) in April 2015.


    Initial email contact by hiring manager (Not HR/Recruiter) Phone interview with hiring manager In person interview with HR and 2 hiring managers 1.5 weeks to get offer Total process took about 3 weeks. Interview questions: Extreme technical and knowledge base (Not your typical strength and weakness kind of questions). I basically explain every laboratory procedures I have ever done.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical stuff: know your basic biology, chemistry procedure, especially PCR   Answer Question

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Additional Info

Headquarters Mountain View, CA
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Operated By BGI Shenzhen
Founded 2006
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals

Complete Genomics is a leader in accurate whole human genomic sequencing. Using our proprietary sequencing instruments, chemistry, and software, we have sequenced more than 15,000 whole human genomes for our research customers over the past three years. Our mission is to develop the core technology and commercial systems to sequence and interpret one million human genomes for researchers and clinicians.

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