Pacific Biosciences
4.0 of 5 18 reviews
www.pacificbiosciences.com Menlo Park, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 12, 2014

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Pacific Biosciences President & CEO Michael Hunkapiller

Michael Hunkapiller

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79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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1 Yr later and still very satisfied

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsSmall 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.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThanks for making this a great place to work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to learn and grow

Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

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

ConsStagnant growth
Not a lot of room for advancement
Short timelines

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very Good Company Which respects Employees

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsVery talented co-workers, interesting problems to work on

ConsMid-level management is not good

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to work with reasonable expectations

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Software Engineer - Great team and manager

Software Engineer II (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time for less than a year

ProsPacBio could be a great place to learn and contribute; Great people to work with in the Software teams; Interesting product and problems to solve;

ConsHope the board can help PacBio find stability and improve sales; There is surely a lot of work and a lot fewer people doing them now;

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I had a great time learning and growing at Pacbio

Software Engineer I (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

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

ProsEveryone was super busy but always willing to help.
What you need is what you get.
Management for me was great but not for everyone and was the biggest complaint from most people

ConsSometimes very unreasonable timelines
The squeaky wheel gets the oil which is not necessarily a good thing because there are other things that can and should be prioritized

Advice to Senior Managementat this point, make your people feel like theyre not going to lose there job.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Awsome company clearly beginning to make great strides!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time

ProsGreat culture, everyone is super helpful.

ConsSome longer term employees are struggeling but management is very supportive to help everyone understand its a temporary phase.

Advice to Senior ManagementDont change a thing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great team of people

Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time for less than a year

ProsVery likeable friendly group of people who are fun to work with and know how to get things done. Very collaborative atmosphere with alot of learning and earning potential

ConsThe company is still very much early in the recovery process after getting over initial problems with product reliability and data consistency.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep things up beat!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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An exciting time for the company

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time for less than a year

ProsInstrument reliability significantly improved, new applications for the technology validated in scientific literature, no competitors in the long read sequencing space.

ConsSales are improving, but need to pick up the pace.
Early technological setbacks have hurt customer perceptions.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease visibility to potential customers; re-engage with prospects turned off by early-stage technology problems. Have a UGM-style symposium with a greater audience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great learning experience for a college student intern

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Pacific Biosciences

ProsI worked as a research intern at PacBio during one of my summers between years of college. I had a great time. This was my first time working in an industrial setting (as opposed to an academic/university lab). The nature of my team's work was very interesting. Though I was an intern, I contributed a lot to the project. Our project was written about in MIT's Technology Review and the New York Times! Through our Friday company meetings, I also learned about what it is like to work at a high growth tech startup that was preparing to go public in Fall 2010.

Great work, great people, great culture.

ConsJust one thing. After they made me the offer, the recruiter hassled me a little bit about why I didn't immediately accept.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good benefits-disorganized company

Nanofabrication Engineer (Former Employee)
Menlo Park, CA

I worked at Pacific Biosciences

ProsPay is good. Benefits are excellent.

ConsCompany is disorganized. Information is not shared between groups. Some groups/people are doing redundant work.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet organized

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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