Cepheid Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very good place to start out as a Technician

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    Current Employee - Product Test Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Test Technician in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co workers. Great facility and very clean working place.

    Cons

    work life balance is ok , not that great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Start up culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cepheid

    Pros

    The fellow engineers are patient and helpful, and they are very willing to spend an hour to help you even though it's not actually related to their personal duties. Most people I met were friendly and nice, and I felt welcome.

    Cons

    You might need a rather high position or strong background to make your opinion matter--but that's kind of true in many other places.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great product and people, but majorly under resourced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people (for the most part) are great, benefits are good, and the product truly is incredible.

    Cons

    Upper management seems to have unrealistic expectations for productivity, and the reluctance to invest in additional resources is crippling and demotivating for those who are working so hard to meet deadlines. People who have been promoted from within aren't getting paid what people get when coming into similar positions from the outside. The morale is low...and not much is being done to improve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who work for you (and not just the ones agreeing with you). The ones who work in the trenches know about the daily pains faced and can help improve processes. Compensate the people you have promoted from within - we find out about how much more people earn when they come from another company, and it's demotivating to hear. Reward the good, don't just penalize the bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work 12-14 hour days. Nothing is ever enough.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cepheid full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth Company - if you can negotiate your incoming salary. Then you might have enjoy. With growth comes opportunities, as long as they are willing to hire from within. Good medical and dental plans, but compensation is something to be desired.

    Cons

    No Work-Life Balance
    Compensation - terrible after you join
    Leadership opportunities - minimal, prefer to hire from outside then hire from within.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your own employees better - they are the ones that have allowed you to grow 20%+ year over year.
    Give them opportunities to advance, and understand that you are in the silicon valley - where rent & expenses are crazy due to the tech companies. Do something in the form of compensation to the employees that would be worth it for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Cepehid review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great culture, helpful, friendly co-workers. team unity. everybody here works hard. management is helpful and scheduling is flexible.

    Cons

    hard to get a raise and promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    must be aggressive if one wants to discuss promotions and pay raises.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    For a short term it's fine!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice colleagues and beautiful landscape.
    May give opportunities OUT OF the current department.
    It's an experience.

    Cons

    Too many admin tasks.
    Advices for job/tasks-improvement asked to employees, but not currently taking place.
    Zero carreer perspectives inside the department: the employee has to apply to other departments to have an increase in salary or be "upgraded".
    Good profiles covering the wrong positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst professional experience

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    Former Employee - Logistics in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cepheid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cant think of any that would be of use or help.

    Cons

    To much work and overtime with no or very little support from management. Pay was weak. Much to complacent regarding DOT and dangerous goods training with new hires. Not hiring quality and experienced staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cannot give advice to management, they will disregard it for years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Employment Ethics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Automation Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Automation Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cepheid full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company has good benefits and offers stock options, if your good at negotiating it into your offer. Company stock is growing, so very beneficial for people granted stock options.

    Cons

    Company probably facing an exit strategy of a possible take over. Also several court cases in Santa Clara, CA filed against company for wrongful termination. Which concurs with this review and the bad management described in critiques given below. Almost everyone in 2013 given 1%-2% bonus, thus why I left there for better opportunities elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave while its good.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional Sr Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Potential to be in a target for a take-over

    Cons

    Senior and middle managers are at best unprofessional and not supportive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ruled by fear

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice enough co workers, decent facilities

    Cons

    Very white male old school culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lighten up, you're already rich

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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