Natera

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Natera Reviews

Updated January 24, 2015
Updated January 24, 2015
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  1.  

    High energy, fast moving company

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    Current Employee - Director in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Natera

    Pros

    Natera is growing very quickly, has cutting edge science, their products are making a big difference to patients, it's a data driven environment, and has huge potential.

    Cons

    It's stressful. Expectations are very high - this cuts both ways.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can find a way to keep up the rate of growth and product development with a bit more lifestyle balance, that would be lovely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent growth, great products in pipeline, promising company

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

    I worked at Natera full-time

    Pros

    - Data driven, launched innovative products and more in pipeline
    - Great opportunity to work on new ideas, fast pace and delivering new products
    - Good benefits with gym, lunch and other facilities on site
    - Growing value of the company and stock options incentives

    Cons

    - Fast growth of the company can be stressing
    - Immense hiring has lead to challenge in passing the cultural values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase communication to different levels to keep the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work, making a difference for families

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natera

    Pros

    Exciting technology, smart people, hard working but fun at the same time

    Cons

    Managing fast growth and processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Living the brand: Conceive, Deliver.

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    Mission driven, massive market, brilliant people, solving complex problems that matter. Talent at Natera is quickly recognized and developed and given greater responsibility. Culture is highly meritocratic and action-oriented. Fast-paced environment and competitive landscape require people to work hard and be at their best. Dissent is encouraged and people listen to each other, though they don't always agree and you better bring data and evidence to support your claims. Challenges me to bring my A-game to every meeting, and every customer interaction. At end of the day I know we are making the world a better place for thousands of people who are trying to have kids or dealing with cancer.

    Cons

    Less time for traditional people management, since there are so many projects in this fast-growing company. Sometimes the management team can get distracted with new opportunities, which can affect deadlines. Enormous effort going into managing scale and growth, which is exhausting but also exciting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on setting goals, sticking to them (avoiding distractions), and funding projects appropriately to execute on time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic company shaping the Bio Tech industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

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

    Pros

    Diverse culture, solid product line, amazing people to work with. We truly make a difference in the world. Nice lunch 3 times a week. I feel the management team works hard to create a comfortable, safe and fun environment. A good balance of hard work and fun. Exceptional benefits offered at a low cost to employees. Our CEO is brilliant and the management team does a good job of handling our exceptional growth. I'm not afraid to suggest something outside the box or try something new.

    Cons

    From 50 to 500 employees in a just over a year is difficult to manage and has it's challenges. Very long hours required but that is part of a start up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire the best of the best. Acknowledge creativity and keep your employees informed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

    great place to be

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Natera full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    stimulating environment, great science, awesome people

    Cons

    poor management, lack of direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Smart, passionate people.

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    Current Employee - Administration in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Administration in San Carlos, CA

    I have been working at Natera full-time

    Pros

    You'll be making the world better, taking on some key challenges of life and health, working with a dedicated and bright team, and helping to develop truly impressive technology. The people at Natera are generally highly motivated and interesting individuals. The culture is to work hard and expect excellence but there is also a lot of play... taking breaks with TV or pool in the game rooms, gym, poker gatherings, ping-pong tournaments, teams go out regularly together, good free food for lunches which brings everyone together to hang, friday beer breaks etc.

    Cons

    I guess the culture doesn't work for everyone. This is not a place to be if you don't want to put in real effort to contribute to something great. You need to be ready to think and learn and grow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think good decisions have been made because the growth has been phenomenal, but these decisions could be better explained to all levels of the company. I know the senior management has been really busy with the rapid scaling and frankly it's amazing that we've been able to grow so fast, but more time needs to be found for communication to all levels.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and revolutionary products, lacking leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natera full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    free lunch 3x a week, free snacks, coffee, tea, etc.; gym and play room. easy access to 101. Innovative and inspiring products

    Cons

    the lab operations management is a joke. The managers and director who have been working in this company for a couple years, have limited leadership capability to support the bottom line towards the next phase of product growth. Heard whines that important decisions were made by sales/marketing (or even R&D), however, literally these folks are incompetent to be critical decision makers, nor to establish a good working relationship with the other leaders effectively to work out win-win scenarios, so that lab staff won’t be the victims for those decisions. they do not appear or actively engage to the routine cross-functional project meetings. They send their lower rank staff to work with the other teams, yet they spend their work hours either from home, or excused themselves from meetings due to long commute, etc. Favoritism plays a huge part in here, as these folks, despite these behaviors, still able to get their pay raised and/or promotion, rather than being put into performance improvement plan. often times, the resolutions of their issues are to get new hires to fix instead of looking to fix issues themselves - another example of incompetency despite they are in senior management levels and pretty well compensated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in dynamic and responsible lab leaders who are able to think strategically long term to drive necessary changes and execute tactically to support daily operations. Successful operational leaders can play a pivotal role to better run your business, as they can build efficient high performing operations teams, proactively setup proper processes, build effective working relationship with cross-functional colleagues. Research how other successful lab-test companies with similar sizes are staffed operationally - you will quickly recognize the differences and the gaps. Properly invest in resources to build the right infrastructure necessary to support your growing business. it's sad to see that this company has great products, yet staff with underperforming/mediocre folks who hold critical roles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    What a joke

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natera full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great science and products. Catered lunch 3x a week and snacks. Pet friendly.

    Cons

    No leadership ability, especially the CEO. The bulk of the management team has little to no industry experience and lacks a general understanding of how to lead a company or team within the diagnostic/biotech space. There are no corporate goals communicated to guide employee's efforts or what is important and direction and timelines are often changed leaving employees feeling exhausted and frustrated. Management behavior is disheartening; yelling and bullying is a norm and there is a general lack of caring for employees. Most employees that have to interact with the CEO do not respect him and make fun of him, but he is clueless and cuts himself off from the general employee base.

    Below average pay and no bonuses for most. There is a general expectation that employees need to give their all, work late, meet unrealistic timelines, cut cost, be perfect - yet there is not much in return to show appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up!! People will work harder if they had some vision and guidance, and a management team that cared about them, because the products and the company mission are inspiring and people generally would like to see the company succeed. Lead by example - everyone is watching and taking their queue's from you! Gain some self-awareness of your actions and how they fall on people. Because of your lack of ability, employee engagement is close to non-existent which is why there is no accountability for quality of work or process- why should we care if management doesn't? Instead IDGAF attitudes are bred and commonplace and continue to perpetuate all the negatives.
    Pay people fairly, allow them to bring their industry experience in and make things better, isn't that ultimately why you hired them? Appreciate and respect what they bring.
    Properly invest in resources (people, systems, processes, etc) to build the infrastructure necessary to support the business and stop letting Sales run the company. Stop resting on "we're a start-up", "that's how we do it here", it's sloppy and frustrating for those that would like to see and are trying to create change for the better. This company has potential, but until Leadership gets their act together and learns how to inspire, engage and lead - you will not make it in the long run, because you will continue to lose really good people who can help take you there. It's sad really.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great place to hone technical skills

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate (Operations)
    Current Employee - Research Associate (Operations)

    I have been working at Natera full-time

    Pros

    Employees are all very friendly and helpful. Majority of the lab teams are composed of individuals in their 20's. There are weekly catered lunches and free snacks are available on a daily basis.

    Cons

    You may or may not get weekends off. Also, There aren't many opportunities to move up as a Research Associate so this position is more suitable for individuals looking to gain industry experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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