Complete Genomics

Complete Genomics – Why Work For Us?

 undefined     undefinedComplete 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 over the past three years. 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. Complete Genomics joined the BGI family of companies in March 2013. BGI is the world’s largest genomics services company headquartered in Shenzhen, China, providing comprehensive sequencing and bioinformatics services for commercial science, medical, agricultural, and environmental applications. BGI’s mission of supporting the development of science and technology, building strong research teams, and promoting the development of scientific partnership in the genomics field aligns with Complete Genomics’ focus. 


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.

We are aligned with our parent company, BGI, in a shared mission - to sequence one million whole human genomes with the goal of understanding how our genomes influence our lives. We are in an excellent position to achieve this mission and enable researchers and clinicians to improve human health through prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of genetic diseases.


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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    Great boss, enjoyed the job, and really enjoyed working on the wonderful mission Complete Genomics serves

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    Former Employee - Senior Stastician in Mountain View, CA
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    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time (more than a year)


    The technology is amazing
    The company is working to cure cancer and Alzheimer's!
    Generally the office culture seemed great, I really liked the CEO, and I liked my boss


    The health biotech industry in general is a bit of a crapshoot, with all the insane patent fights, challenges in getting sufficient funding, etc.

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    Need some sort of "carrot & stick" to better reward the areas that function well and re-align those that keep missing targets. The "stick" should not be punishment, IMHO, but either more employees or different leaders in those areas.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Complete Genomics.

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    Headhunter led to phone interview with Dept VP, then informal on-site lasting about 90 minutes with VP and a director. . Then to 3/4 day meeting half of department, then another half day meeting a few more people. Most people were scientist/engineer types who had read the resume, but mostly just jumped to talking details about past work, project challenges, or places we might have worked in common. The department heads put a bit more into asking some of the routine 'will you stick your head in a noose' boilerplate questions that you politely sidestep, and then chatted a bit on the challenges of the company and whether not having a biology background would hurt if you're not doing biology. (not really). Pretty well run in terms of stuff staying on schedule, HR getting directions to the building to me ahead of time, and the other standard stuff.

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    I was able to negotiate on salary. It will be *very* useful to ask ahead of time what the Radford survey equivalent is for the job you are looking for, and then research that title on something like Being able to say 'that title earns about $NNN K per year in Mountain View in medium sized Biotech with my level of experience' is a good non-confrontational way to counter the first offer. You may be able to get a signing bonus is you're leaving some other place with pending rewards you'll forego.
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Additional Info

Headquarters Mountain View, CA
Size 150 to 499 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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