Pacific Biosciences

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Great learning experience for a college student intern

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menlo Park, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Pacific Biosciences

Pros

I worked as a research intern at PacBio during one of my summers between years of college. I had a great time. This was my first time working in an industrial setting (as opposed to an academic/university lab). The nature of my team's work was very interesting. Though I was an intern, I contributed a lot to the project. Our project was written about in MIT's Technology Review and the New York Times! Through our Friday company meetings, I also learned about what it is like to work at a high growth tech startup that was preparing to go public in Fall 2010.

Great work, great people, great culture.

Cons

Just one thing. After they made me the offer, the recruiter hassled me a little bit about why I didn't immediately accept.

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    Good benefits-disorganized company

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    Former Employee - Nanofabrication Engineer  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Nanofabrication Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences

    Pros

    Pay is good. Benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Company is disorganized. Information is not shared between groups. Some groups/people are doing redundant work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized

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    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences

    Pros

    - Smaller company feel
    - For the most part, open door policy
    - Food provided (kitchens, sandwich bar, frozen foods, etc), but who knows how long this will last.
    - Upper management very communicative
    - Makes you feel like you actually matter

    Cons

    - As with any company that grows, more structure is necessary.
    - Forecast uncertain. Risk factor.
    - The commute can be rough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Don't lose the small company feel!
    - Don't work your people to where things stop being fun.
    - Lean manufacturing is an ok concept, but don't forget that the leaner you get, the more you can hurt yourself in the long run. You get what you pay for. Mfg more often than not seems to forget this truth.

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