Cepheid Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Cepheid CEO and Director John L. Bishop
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  1. Engineering

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid

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

    Pros

    Great technology, great people. Competitive benefits package. Mo micro management, once you show you know what you're doing.

    Cons

    A bit too old school. 401K could be better. Working from home is more of an exception (for those who absolutely needs to work from home, forget it)


  2. Elegant product, terrible execution

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer In Tech Ops in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer In Tech Ops in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    All the mundane things the sheeple go to work for are taken care of. Pay and benefits are just fine, 401(k) contributions are matched, ESPP available if you've got a few thousand bucks in the mattress (I don't). Cohort is generally nice, if in a very middle-American-office vein.

    Cons

    Consumable operations - the folks producing the GeneXpert cartridge, the company's high-volume product - is a rudderless ship. No MES or other functioning data system exists to comprehensively track failures, which doesn't lend itself to troubleshooting the myriad serious problems plaguing the operation. The whole manufacturing workflow is a held-over afterthought from the early days (10-15 years ago) and has not, to date, been revisited. The raw materials and finished product are rolled around the building in plastic trays, Ziploc bags, Tupperware tubs and the like, fine for expensive parts but utterly inappropriate for a factory attempting to produce units in the hundreds of millions per quarter. Recurring equipment failures and poorly-conceived mechanisms are common and no program (CIP?) is in place to improve or eliminate them. The overall impression is that management is so enamored of their game-changing "help the world" nature of the product - which it doubtless is - that the niceties of a controlled production process are lost on them.

    Advice to Management

    You've got some smart technical people at your disposal. Leverage their skills toward solving actual problems, not useless make-work projects or (worse yet) paperwork. Then again, you're probably too busy trying to inflate the company's market value in preparation for selling it off. Best of luck with that.


  3. Stay away

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Busboy in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Busboy in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Cepheid

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

    Pros

    Good product. Nice people. Easy work

    Cons

    Poorly managed operations and supply chain teams. Fear is the way to do bussiness. CSET management specially the two mangers do some work. Stop talking about you fish tank and get to work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the two managers in CSET that spend most of the day talking about fish tanks.
    Pay people more


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  5. Cepheid

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    can learn a lot, amazing technology

    Cons

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


  6. Management

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    Former Employee - Product Inspector/Assembler/Operator in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Inspector/Assembler/Operator in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cepheid (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    easy money doing minimal job

    Cons

    to much drama, politics and favoritism management sucks.if your a temp and get a work injury you automatically get cut off

    Advice to Management

    hire better supervisors and staff that are professionals


  7. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (2)

    my 2 cents

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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...


  9. overall positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Great Company Work culture

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Old white boys club

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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