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I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time for more than 3 yearsPros
Fundamentally unique technology that has great promise to improve lives, cure disease, and deepen our understanding of basic biology. Fun to be part of realizing that potential. Very smart people from a wide range of disciplines to work with.Cons
Mix of startup and big company veterans. So some people have more conservative, process-oriented approaches and some people are more agile, which has some inherent tension.Advice to ManagementAdvice
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Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Pacific Biosciences in July 2011.Interview Details
First there was a phone interview with a Lead Engineer which talked about the general stuffs. And asked me one thermal brain teaser question. A fresh boiled coffee poured into a cup and want to cold it down to drink. So should I put the cream into the coffee first or latter so that the coffee can be cold down quicker?
The 1st on site interview happened after two weeks of the phone interview. There were the Recruiter, two Engineer and the Lead Engineer which I had talked on the phone. 30 minutes for each person, The recruiter kept saying that the people who are working there are so smart and so creative. I found most of the interviewers were easy going and smart too.
The 2nd on site interview happened after another week. This time I met with two more senior engineers. I found them a little bit arrogant and they asked me some technical questions. I answered them but they did not explained or either commands on my answers. So I did not know I answered correctly or wrong. The questions included GD&D symbols, accuracy vs precision, beam bending (a ruler one side is made of steel and one side is made of aluminum, the aluminum and the steel are glued together with some flexible glue. What way will see more deflection under loading in the middle of the span, with the aluminum side down or the steel side down?)Interview Questions
- Thermal brain teaser question Answer Question
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In the past it took years to sequence the human and other genomes, but Pacific Biosciences of California has introduced a third generation DNA sequencing technology that can map an organism's genome in minutes. The biotechnology company develops proprietary technology known as SMRT (single-molecule, real-time) that performs fast and inexpensive DNA sequencing. Pacific Biosciences of California's sequencing machines are designed for use by clinical, commercial, and institutional research laboratories. CTO Stephen Turner founded the company in 2000. Pacific Biosciences...