Pacific Biosciences

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Pacific Biosciences Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
21 Reviews
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21 Reviews
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Pacific Biosciences President & CEO Michael Hunkapiller
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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7.  

    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 for 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

  8.  

    Software Engineer - Great team and manager

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hope 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;

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I had a great time learning and growing at Pacbio

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer I  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer I in Menlo Park, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone 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

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awsome company clearly beginning to make great strides!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, everyone is super helpful.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont change a thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great team of people

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

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

    Pros

    Very 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep things up beat!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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