Complete Genomics

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Complete Genomics Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Management lacking in Industry Experience -> Bad Decisions

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Scientist (Biologist)
    Former Employee - Customer Support Scientist (Biologist)

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people I've met who've take 30-read technology farther than most thought it could go. Most people operate in an environment of mutual respect and without letting egos interfere with the work at hand.

    Cons

    Senior leadership needs representation from the industry they're in. High tech guys are bright, but they don't speak the same language as biotech customers. Also, an Affy-dominated commercial team that suffers as a result of the singular perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire straight shooters from within industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Beautiful Technology Trying To Stay Aimed at the Latest Management Plans

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Lots of very smart people who are capable of developing extraordinary software, biochemistry, and equipment
    Reasonable coverage of free snacks, drinks, and lunch stuff during the work day.
    Parent company seems to not interfere too deeply with day to day operations.

    Cons

    Senior management that has changed the target core mission of the company about every 18 months since the company was founded.
    The business park is surrounded by Google, Microsoft, and LinkedIn, and morning traffic is terrible from about 8 to 10.
    Google, LinkedIn, and tons of other cash-rich software companies literally blocks away makes hiring top tier software engineers difficult.
    Operations that have nearly foundered the company at times, but which has changed very little in methodology.
    Founders with minimal coordination between their individual plans and strategies and how they are communicated to the company.
    No 401k matching. No stock options. Long term incentives that are not an incentive to excel or stick around. Bonus and incentive plans that are way too top heavy in favor of very senior management.
    Bupkus for outside access to restaurants / lunch unless you go across 101.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize the churn in the company.
    Spend more focus on actual products and services and sales.
    Spread some more of the wealth to employees who are below the level of VP.
    It seemed like you used to level with employees about good or bad news. That needs to return.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
    Former Employee - Senior Stastician in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    People are pretense

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free breakfast and lunches, but you don't feel you can take outdoor breaks..locked-down

    Cons

    Hypocrite people who pretend to be your friend & then throw you under the bus, Unprofessional HR was responsible to gather my personal belongings and could not locate after 2-1/2 weeks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is the key to success

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great technology, Great people, poor management

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    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Eng in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at Complete Genomics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You don't many companies with lot of PhD people with great minds. I really loved working there and I company was going towards - one of a kind

    Cons

    Poor management with software people making decisions for lice sciences industry and biochemistry development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure whether there is anymore with Complete genomics being sold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Place Sucks. Utlra dumb software systems and high EGO management.

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    High Salaries to get some decent talent.
    People who have Phd's might find it a good place to park for a while with new funding from China Govt. (BGI) because of the company sale recently.

    Cons

    ** IMP: This is not a place for any above average technologists or Software Engineers.

    People play politics to stay in the company and have no prospects in the outside world stay longer and for ever.
    No 401K Match.
    Shitty Health Plan. Get compensated for not buying from the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire people who have been older than 1 year at the company or evaluate them to get a feel of how they had degraded the company. Get some 401k match. Get a decent health care. Get some provisions for employee training.
    CEO wake up and do the execution of the company and leave the science to the other capable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intense startup atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exposure to cutting edge product development engineering IT

    Cons

    Many structural changes and did not feel stable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology, good people, cutting edge science

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

    Pros

    The people come from various backgrounds and the science is top-notch. The free food, snacks, vending machines, and drinks were great too.

    Cons

    Too many managers and not enough workers to do the real work. It has grown by mainly hiring managers externally instead of promoting internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a career growth path that promotes the folks internally instead of constantly hiring managers externally who don't understand what we do. Hire more workers and less executives and look at profit sharing for all instead of bonuses only for the top executives/managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Misaligned management team

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Scientifically very exciting, great technology.

    Cons

    Upper management is mostly from the software industry, low connection level in biotech sector, mediocre understanding of the biotech industry, which add up to poor management decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (Impossible but...) upper management needs complete reform.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work for, however executives were very opaque regarding the health of the company

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    Former Employee - Operations in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the company is helping to cure cancer and other severe, genetic deases; the jobs are mostly fairly exciting, crossing the realms of software engineer, molecular biologist, genomics / genetics, and manufacturing

    Cons

    it appears Complete Genomics is trying to create a market before it exists, and has insufficient capital to make that happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Install better controls to capture, earlier in the process, when genome analyses will fail and what causes the failures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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