Cepheid Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cepheid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management, Products, Coworkers, Location, Future outlook

    Cons

    None that I can think of

  2. Helpful (1)

    my 2 cents

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    can learn a lot, amazing technology for the IVD market, most co-workers are friendly, flexible work hours

    Cons

    low pay raises, company is stingy with its money, difficult to get promoted unless if you are a yes-man and have a popular manager...

    Advice to Management

    its not like they will listen even if I advised anything...

  3. overall positive

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cepheid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    talented people trying to do their best

    Cons

    stressful and demanding for some workers

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great Company Work culture

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    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is growing exponentially and are releasing amazing products in their medical field!

    Cons

    The company can do with a little more hires in the software division.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Old white boys club

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Director
    Former Employee - Service Director

    I worked at Cepheid full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Good work/life balance.
    Many good employees to learn from.
    Good product.

    Cons

    Not a good place for women or minorities in management.
    Advancement requires being a yes man.
    HR policies are arbitrary and not friendly toward women or minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Retire, and let someone take over who knows how to hire and keep good managers.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Bad Juju

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Compliance Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Compliance Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid

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

    Pros

    The health insurance is really good, manufacturing environment is fast and active. Always work available, systems look like the processes are established. As other reviews have said a great place to start a job in Medical Devices. However, for someone with experience in this field I would recommend careful consideration and weighing out pros and con's. Overall pros: Good Benefits, Stock Grant, and flexible experienced employees.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are getting clear directions. Senior staff Directors / Managers very inexperienced in the Device Industry.

    Advice to Management

    Closely look at department budget discover where your inefficiencies are. I see a lot of work waste and poor management of very experienced educated employees who can do more. I don't think middle management has training and work experience, to reduce waste and inefficient use of time. At least from my perspective.

  8. Helpful (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 a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    work life balance is ok , not that great

  9. Helpful (2)

    Start up culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cepheid

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Great product and people, but majorly under resourced

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (3)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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