Natera Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
30 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 for less than a 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
  2.  

    Good company, with a few complaints

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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

    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
  3.  

    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 for more than a 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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  5.  

    Very disappointing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sample Accessioning  in  San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Sample Accessioning in San Carlos, CA

    I worked at Natera full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    For such a great product, I would think they would be better run. Free lunch. Very laid back, "young" culture. Nice people.

    Cons

    No real leadership. Understaffed and badly staffed. No one I talked to in my department were there over a year signalling high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some help. Get some real managers with real managerial experience. Try for a more professional environment. Laid back is nice, but there's a limit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized & poor management

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

    I worked at Natera full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great science, interesting enough work, some really smart & fun coworkers, location close to 101.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start. Difficult to call it a tech company when all the important decisions are made by sales & marketing teams. At a given time, there are more random project managers in a room than people who actually do the work. I don't understand what qualifies more than half of the management team to be at their positions. Micromanagement of all sorts. Rude and unprofessional behavior common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace half of the upper management, start hiring people who are actually qualified and have technical backgrounds (rather than random MBA's fresh out of school), have a clear direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    worst place I've ever worked

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

    I worked at Natera full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    free parking. decent snacks ,some smart/nice people

    Cons

    Executive team is a disaster. The CEO, while brilliant, has a style that can best be described as MBS(management by screaming). The office lacks a professionalism that it desperately needs. Company is solving an interesting problem, but given the chaos that reigns,it's hard to be optimistic about the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management could benefit from some training . It would be great if the office could resemble a professional environment versus the hallways of a junior high school

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great science, talented people, slightly disorganized

    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Dedicated, fun, talented colleagues
    Visionary management
    Excellent boss
    Product which is, literally, life-altering for our customers
    Catered lunches three days per week, gym, snacks

    Cons

    Slightly disorganized, but focused -- it's a tough arena to work in, so I completely understand (I've worked in this sector for many years now), and the chaos is often creative!
    Training opportunities could be better
    Geography of office makes it hard to get to know people (we're currently split into two distinct areas)
    Could do with more social mixing events (we used to have Friday BBQs -- I hope that comes back!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My immediate manager is great -- very trusting & flexible, thoroughly decent person (his boss, too)
    Senior management could spend some time getting to know people -- I know it's difficult on our growth trajectory, but it would be nice to see the CEO from time to time (but office geography is a problem, as I noted)
    Offer opportunities for training & personal growth
    More social events, please!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work with startup environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting company that's doing meaningful work. The biggest 'Pro' is the people that work here. Very smart, nice, and accepting. Nice office and central location. There are the standard perks (lunches, snacks, parking, parties, etc) established. The company is still 'small' and so there's a huge opportunity to make your mark.

    Cons

    Like most startups, it's a young company with young workforce. The result is that leadership is somewhat lacking but this is changing for the better as the company grows. You should be the type that wants to work hard towards a goal that actually matters. There is an *intense* need for more meeting rooms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Err on the side of keeping things positive whenever possible. You are so close to having the right balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Baits you in with perks, but then you realize it's a hot mess!

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    The biotechnology used is innovating and has helped many people conceive healthy babies that are low risk for the conditions we screen for through various tests.
    You get benefits that are cheaper than most. You also get food catered three days a week.

    Cons

    I just wish that people took there job seriously. Most of the time people are walking off the job to take paid "smoke breaks". It's also very cliquey, seems like everyone has got there friend, cousin, sister, mother and brother a job here. For the most part people are friendly but one thing I don't like is most people dress like bums off the street. Everyone knows if you don't care how you look you, then surely you don't care about doing your job! Its also unstructured because it s a start up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My boss is straightforward and lets us know there expectations. Cant be mad at that!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place is okay......

    • 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 for less than a year

    Pros

    *Catered food three times a week.

    * Very friendly coworkers/community

    * The science/technology is amazing, and is reshaping the medical field

    * Good supervisor who is flexible, and understanding (in my case)

    * Decent working hours/work schedule (in my case)

    * Easy commute from my home.

    So far, I have experienced an overall chill work environment. Some days are definitely busier than others, but that is expected at most jobs worked.

    Cons

    * Poor management

    *Disorganization (mostly linked to poor management)

    My supervisor is great, however, the management system overall needs revamping. I believe that there are too many people who may not have been ready for a management position taking charge of things. This creates global disorganization, affecting all divisions/teams. There are what you would say "too many hands in the cookie jar". Although the company's growth and business seems positive, the poor management is truly hindering the company short term, and long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a better system in place that will weed out those who are not yet capable of taking on management roles....This is very crucial for any company..Poor management= Good, disgruntled workers leaving + poor/slacker workers staying.

    No opinion of CEO

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