Pacific Biosciences Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. Great company, lots of autonomy given to their employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Decent Company with no room for growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences

    Pros

    -Friendly People
    -Ping pong table
    -snacks and drinks

    Cons

    -Not much room for growth.
    -political work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Why was a Work lap top allowed to be stolen?

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  6. Too good to last

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Go for the golden ring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 Yr later and still very satisfied

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Small company feel, one can make a difference, very supportive management team. Team work highly valued. Gaining traction in the market place and with overall very positive news.

    Cons

    Seriously I cannot think of any, perhaps its still the newbie effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for making this a great place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great place to learn and grow

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits/pay
    Great coworkers
    Fully stocked kitchen
    Great sense of company pride
    Approachable management

    Cons

    Stagnant growth
    Not a lot of room for advancement
    Short timelines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Very Good Company Which respects Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very talented co-workers, interesting problems to work on

    Cons

    Mid-level management is not good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work with reasonable expectations

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