Genoptix Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    great employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, both health and 401k were superb.
    Comfortable, friendly, and professional work environment.
    Reasonable work hours and (for me at least) plenty of opportunities for overtime which was great.
    Good management system which promotes hard work and helps with progressing careers by providing projects and other opportunities.

    Cons

    They were recently purchased by Novartis a few years ago, since then they seem to have given the ax to 2 entire departments along with a few sub-departments. This is only a problem if your job is outsource-able.

    Sometimes people who know how the management system works are able to skate by doing barely anything, just by reacting to the notices and warning that they are given. This is only a problem if you get frustrated working with lazy people (not everyones lazy, but there are a few that seem unfireable).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The floor in the dark room in SAN3 needs to NOT be carpet, it's so incredibly dank down under those desks... it could be a fungus swamp. It's scary.
    Besides that I enjoyed working there a lot.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice people, good salary. No upward mobility, high stress, low work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Business is good. Salary was great and the co-workers are friendly or at least tolerable. Beautiful Campus! Plenty of pot-luck lunches and holiday celebrations!

    Cons

    Been there a few years and getting out now. Genoptix senior management has no strategy or direction. Everyone is looking for a decision maker, but no one is really willingly to make any decisions, because no one has any real authority. The few that have any authority are inaccessible! The Novartis acquisition grew Genoptix, but brought with it so much red tape that a lot of good ideas get stuck in discussion now or take forever to get done. There isn’t much room for employee growth – so don’t expect to move up the ladder quickly. And expect little to no work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not what it use to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation. They seem to hire good people cause I enjoy my coworkers, they're all great people. Job security.

    Cons

    Feels like management only cares about profits and doesn't care about the employees anymore. Lack of personal growth. Rigid structure, hard to advance. Not a lot of days given off, for example have to take the day after Thanksgiving off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company review.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. The people are very nice and good team environment.

    Cons

    The buildings are so ready out over 5 structures. There can tend to be lots of time wasted going to meetings.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Educational

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genoptix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learning Oncology Book of Business

    Cons

    Upper Management was insincere and untrustworthy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop Micro managing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Genoptix has developed a commitment to mediocrity.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Genoptix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's better than being homeless, but only slightly.

    Cons

    After 4 years at Genoptix and nothing short of flawless and glowing performance reviews, the only opportunity I ever received was the opportunity to leave. Mediocrity is implicitly encouraged as they refuse to reward excellence. Misery is pervasive throughout the company, which makes for a dreadful working environment. Anyone considering working for Genoptix should reach out to current employees on linked in, no one should have to endure the misery that this company promotes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect more of your employees, more of yourselves, and more of Genoptix. Quit the zero-sum game strategies. Poor policies are implemented that hurt the company and the employees because "it just has to be this way." Work with your employees to achieve greatness instead of working against them. Your best employees are not working half the time becuause you don't reward them and they can easily outperform everyone else. You are leaving money on the table. Address the pervasive air of misery that has permeated every single department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very unusual culture run by a cowboy.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great product offerings and very good compensation

    Cons

    No people development, and Head of Commercial does not support management. Threatens to fire people constantly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a HR Process and put more emphasis on people development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Very bright and friendly coworkers. Laid back environment. Great tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Novartis has gutted everything great about this company. It is no longer possible to move up or even laterally. Almost all halfway decent perks that we once had (lunches, holiday parties, etc.) have been cut. Mediocrity is highly encouraged. Yearly raises have been below inflation (1-2%) and "promotions" are around 3%. I say "promotions" as they typically require you to do the work for a long while before they change your job title and give you a raise. If you value challenging work and career growth, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decision making should be more transparent. Bad business decisions continue to come down the pipeline with zero justification. Reward your outstanding employees and quit putting so much emphasis on credentials and work experience. People are more highly valued for what they did before Genoptix than for what they actually do at Genoptix.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Treated their employees poorly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Genoptix (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tina Nova was/is a great leader

    Cons

    She had poor management making decisions on her behalf

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You screwed all of the personnel who were with the company since the beginning by selling the company for less than the stock options

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Awesome company to work for!

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Genoptix part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are so friendly there, company events and facilities are wonderful. They really take care of you there.

    Cons

    Some drama in different departments.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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