Sequenom Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
15 Reviews

3.0
15 Reviews
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Sequenom Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer Harry F. Hixson Jr.
Harry F. Hixson Jr.
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  1.  

    Poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great mid level managers and directors, great product

    Cons

    Poor executive leadership. New CEO doesn't listen or pay attention to what's being said or never understands the topics presented. Too many VPs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Harry Hixons culture of work hard but have fun.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Talented workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sequenom full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation, good holiday schedule, pretty offices.

    Smart engineering/scientific types are abundant. People get to wear many hats making them even more proficient and productive.

    I learned a lot, mostly by teaching myself.

    Cons

    Management was inconsistent. Department heads do not listen to employees, push for an exponential amount of tasks to be completed with little lead time and a tighter, unrealistic deadline. Knee jerk reactions by upper mgmt would cause delays in meeting shipping orders.

    Micro-management was unhealthy and anti-productive. Some departments seem to have a nice vibe amongst the employees. I envied that since my department was dysfunctional, too much Type A delusion of grandeur.

    I didn't learn anything from mgmt related to my job. I only learned how not to treat people through observation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really take into account peer reviews of your upper management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The assay they run is great, but not the workplace for me.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    Intelligent group of skilled co-workers in the technical departments of the laboratory. Love the work I do, but can't do it for this company anymore.

    Cons

    Management very out-of-touch with laboratory operations and promotions are difficult to come by. Lots of empty promises made upon start up of the company and start of employment. Difficult to advance and cross-train (unless you want to learn the work you're over-qualified to be doing). If you're very dedicated to your team, you'll be let down when other team members aren't as dedicated to getting the work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great turnaround company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's great to see the fruits of you labors turn the company around.

    Cons

    Cronyism at its finest in my department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees....all of your employees not just a few.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Company that Needs Change in Culture and Leadership Style in the Clinical Lab

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sequenom

    Pros

    Work is rewarding. NIPTesting is a great option for those at higher risk.

    Cons

    Management. Communication is lacking. Favoritism is blatant. Unprofessional attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat those under you and fellow management with respect and communicate to them your expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great small company with terrific benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sequenom

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Great team support

    Cons

    - No 401K matching
    - Stock has been stagnant, company is still financially struggling with proving to be leader in diagnostic testing (our competitor is catching up)
    - No more Friday happy hours. Not much employee recognition anymore

  8.  

    Cutting-edge Company Out of Touch with its Talent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time

    Pros

    The company employs vanguard molecular technology to offer crucial maternity assay. As one of the few providers, it's likely to enjoy substantial prosperity in the future. Technologists assigned to work in post-amplification modules, with next-generation sequencers, benefit from critical professional experience and stimulating workflow.

    Cons

    Workload in pre-amplification modules is overwhelming. Staffing and equipment resources are lacking and with no clear signs of improvement. Executive projects are quixotic and pretentious, rather than utilitarian or motivating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening to your employees is only half of the battle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good technology,

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good location, competitive salary, and fast-paced culture developing cutting edge technology make this company a solid place to work.

    Cons

    Shifting vision, challenges with finances and inability to execute on developing a pipeline beyond the core prenatal franchise make job security suspect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visibility on rate of collections was very poor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A rollercoaster ride

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You get to work with new technologies and some very smart people. The tests offered by the company are innovative.

    Cons

    High demands with limited resources. Have had a couple major layoffs in the last 5 years, mixed with periods of fast growth.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It depends on your department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sequenom for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, nice building, depending on position you could have a fabulous salary

    Cons

    The decisions made by executives do not fall in line with the realistic goals of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back spending.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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