Pacific Biosciences

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Updated May 21, 2014

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4.0 21 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Pacific Biosciences President & CEO Michael Hunkapiller

Michael Hunkapiller

(7 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Smart, cross functional team and impactful technology

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsFundamentally 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.

    ConsMix 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 Senior ManagementGo for the golden ring

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

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    Too good to last

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Menlo Park, CA

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

    ConsDifferent 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 Senior ManagementCompany 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Promising niche technology but limited market potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    ProsBeing 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.

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

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    1 Yr later and still very satisfied

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Menlo Park, CA

    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

    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)

    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

    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

    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)

    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

    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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