Complete Genomics

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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
  2. 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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