Natera

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Natera Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
37 Reviews
3.3
37 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Smart, passionate people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dynamic company shaping the Bio Tech industry.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Living the brand: Conceive, Deliver.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    great place to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    stimulating environment, great science, awesome people

    Cons

    poor management, lack of direction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Innovative and revolutionary products, lacking leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natera full-time (less than an 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    What a joke

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natera full-time (more than an 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to hone technical skills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Helpful coworkers but the management was lacking

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA

    I worked at Natera (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free catering lunch (salad bar, main course, and fruits) was provided every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (however now it's said that on Fridays they only serve the salad bar). Coffee vending machine and unlimited tea supply. Personal fridge to store our own food. Gym with varied equipments. Pingpong table and flat screen TV in the entertainment room for all employees to lounge in or to refresh momentarily during personal breaks or after work. two work-station treadmills in the office. Parking structure, so no worries getting in and out of the car when it rains. Temps get paid overtime. Flexible work hours. Commonly, people come 8-5 or 9-6 but some come very early and leave in the afternoon where others come later than 10 but stay up until 9 pm.

    Cons

    Management was lacking (which is pretty common for start-ups?). The accounting team had to come on weekends about at least twice a month and there is no OT for permanent employees. Working remotely on weekends is possible if you're a permanent but the controller mostly prefers having the team come in physically anyways. They definitely need hiring more people to balance the work volume, for the accounting teams at least.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good company, with a few complaints

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Natera

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, interesting problems to work on. Perks are nice. Office culture is fairly laid back and there is very little pressure to work crazy hours. Overall company growth is definitely on the right track.

    Cons

    Feels understaffed, so constantly playing catch up on issues, rather than dealing with long term solutions. Focus of the company seems to change on a weekly basis, resulting in lots of unnecessary delays and useless work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus on one thing and stick with it to completion.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Science, Disorganized Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great science. Lots of young people.
    Perks: catering lunch 3 days a week, on site gym, nice and new kitchen.

    Cons

    Very disorganized management. Don't have that many opportunities to move to other teams/ departments. Repetitive work if you work in Production.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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