Pacific Biosciences Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pacific Biosciences President & CEO Michael Hunkapiller
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  1. Awesome place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've been here for 8+ years with some of the SMRTest people you'll find anywhere, all working together to solve some really hard biology, engineering, and computational problems.

    Cons

    Sure, we don't have the cafeterias and chefs that Google and Facebook have, but our deli counters, fridges, and pantries are stocked with a variety of healthy and not so healthy foods. Also, espresso machines sometimes break (probably due to overuse), but Facilities is on top of it quickly.

    Advice to Management

    The current management, with Mike H at the helm, is steering the ship in the right direction, addressing appropriate market segments.


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    Anonymous Employee

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer - Electronics in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer - Electronics in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    Easy working environment. Interesting technology. Had attracted a lot of smart people.

    Cons

    Incompetent management team doesn't live up to the cool technology development need. Compensation not based on achievement but on seniority. No career growth for young talented people. Very comfortable and easy working environment so ambitious smart people left.

    Advice to Management

    Improve efficiency and motivate people who do real work.


  3. Manager, Algorithms and Scalability

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome work life balance, great technology, interesting problems

    Cons

    Extremely long development cycles, engineering sequencing instruments that make money is very hard


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  5. Decent Company with no room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Friendly People -Ping pong table -snacks and drinks

    Cons

    -Not much room for growth. -political work environment

    Advice to Management

    Give people the opportunity to grow and learn if they are looking for it.


  6. Great company, lots of autonomy given to their employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart employees and a great opportunity to work with a very diverse set of co-workers from different backgrounds.

    Cons

    So much to know about the technology, can be overwhelming sometimes.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    - young public company with a start-up culture

    Cons

    - little room for growth - extremely lacking on ability for compensation growth


  8. Why was a Work lap top allowed to be stolen?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Seems to have an interesting path for growth in technology

    Cons

    Careless employees and loose security so that many innocent people are under serious risk of identity theft and fraus due to the stolen computer an employee had at home. The technology can be misudsed and cause adverse reactions in society

    Advice to Management

    Get with it, pay attention, and do not misuse the technology


  9. Too good to last

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits was excellent. Lots of free food, parties, BBQ, but heard most of that are gone now.

    Cons

    Different groups don't work together. Infrastructure for sharing information was very poor. Many groups keep information to themselves and create little silos. Can get very political between departments

    Advice to Management

    Company is spread too thin trying to build tools, chips and chemistry. Identify the company's secret sauce and focus on that. Party less and be more lean, there are areas where serious money are wasted.


  10. Promising niche technology but limited market potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Being a part of an upcoming novel technology and challenges that come with it. Multi functional teams all come together so expect to be working with people from very different skill-sets and backgrounds.

    Cons

    Long working hours and lack of company culture especially in mentorship and team building. Upper management apathy also a major issue.


  11. Smart, cross functional team and impactful technology

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fundamentally unique technology that has great promise to improve lives, cure disease, and deepen our understanding of basic biology. Fun to be part of realizing that potential. Very smart people from a wide range of disciplines to work with.

    Cons

    Mix of startup and big company veterans. So some people have more conservative, process-oriented approaches and some people are more agile, which has some inherent tension.

    Advice to Management

    Go for the golden ring



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