Sequenom Reviews

Updated December 23, 2014
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  1. Untapped potential is left to rot by the wayside.

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    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hours are good if you set boundaries and stick to them-other wise they will take advantage of your time. Lots of free food.

    Cons

    Management is severely lacking interpersonal relationship skills. Employees are not recognized for their accomplishments within the company. The overall moral is grim and fading.

    Advice to Management

    Send your managers to management classes that teach them how to positively encourage their employees to succeed.

  2. Helpful (2)

    New CEO Not As Popular As Last One

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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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great science. Really, genuinely nice people to work with in all departments. Benefits are solid and salaries tend to be on the high side. Location is easy to commute to.

    Cons

    Promotions are hard to come by. People management is not a priority for the company, and some managers have very poor people skills. No 401(k) match.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision and communicate it.

  3. Great experience from such a small company.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Information Security Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Information Security Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Sequenom as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The team I worked for was very knowledgeable and wanted to make an impact on the rest of the company in regards to Information Security and Compliance.

    Cons

    Some of the employees there were not receptive to change. Going from a company with a small amount of employees (>300) to a huge boost of about 600+ within a couple of years there where a lot of disagreements from other units about our approach on security.

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  5. poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sequenom full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    smart people,great co-workers, competitive salary(used to be)

    Cons

    poor management skills, doesn't have a clear vision

  6. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Really take into account peer reviews of your upper management.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. 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 (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    Promote within.

  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sequenom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great turnaround company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Sequenom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. 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

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