XDx Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product, culture discourages personal growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I have been working at XDx full-time

    Pros

    AlloMap is a great product and sustainable into the next generation of personalized medicine. Post IPO means there is money to fund R&D on a promising new product as well. Most people recognize the value of the test to the patients and work very hard to provide quality results. Business is improving and sales will continue to rise over the next two years, but there is a cap with such a specific test.

    Cons

    -Division of office - business operations and mgmt is on second floor while the daily tasks of the company are on the first floor. Literally 'beneath them'.
    -No opportunity for growth, job tasks are mainly tasks - no room for input or creative thought - the managers save all the important decisions for themselves in order to seem important.I'll echo the sentiment of another reviewer that the employees/manangement who have been here the longest seem to keep valuable information and tasks to themselves in order to succeed - withholding information and experience that could help new hires.
    -Inadequate training policies, haphazard procedures that could be made many times more efficient with an overhaul.
    -Discouraged from suggesting improvements. I have suggested many improvements to daily tasks and have been shot down each time.
    -High turnover. A company of 60 people fires 5 of them in less than a year, and several experienced and competent employees left willingly.
    -Bad communication between departments and a lot of snark about what 'they' want, do, or need. No teamwork attitude.
    -Overwork. Several coworkers work >40 hours EVERY week. This is not healthy, and it encourages new hires to feel like they have to follow suit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage cross departmental communication and understanding, trust your employees to be competent and responsible (you hired them, after all), take time to review each departments procedures and question everything - some are operating on their own agendas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ad Nauseum

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at XDx full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will find some very intelligent people working at this company. Interns may benefit from observing the day-to-day work minutiae of a biotech start up.

    Cons

    I have never worked for a company that held so many meetings before in my life. We're talking several rambling, nonsensical meetings practically every day. Upper management liked hearing themselves speak. And who better to hold hostage for an hour or two than the hired help, right?! However, when asked pointed questions about the company's financial instability, impending lay-offs, company buy-out, and stagnant salaries, they would suddenly become elusive and cryptic. This attitude contributed to the negative and political atmosphere mentioned by many others here.
    Overall, this company is very unstable, lots of turn over, many lay-offs, constant talk of shut down. If you don't mind not knowing whether or not you'll have a job in a week or a month, and if you do like living on the edge, then this is the place for you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, you are great on paper. We get it. Now can you get some work done? You are getting paid gazillions to save this sinking ship, not to play king/queen of the castle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth your time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at XDx

    Pros

    Good technology that is changing peoples lives, some good people…

    Cons

    Overworked, underpaid, unpaid shutdown, aging infrastructure, no opportunity for growth or improvement...
    People who have been with the company since the early days are very clicky. They make newcomers unwelcome, they don’t train people adequately, and by keeping the historical knowledge for themselves they make themselves irreplaceable. They come to work when they want, leave when they want and they are more interested in playing office games that doing actual work. When things go wrong instead of investigating to find out what actually happened they look for scapegoat to point finger on.
    General idea is that new CEO is here to tighten things up before they sell the company. I wouldn’t not recommend working here unless you are really starving for money and you don’t have any other option

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you ever wonder why everyone who was capable left the company and found another job? And those that are still here are actively looking!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Had potential, but change was needed in order to be successful

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    Former Employee - Commercial  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Commercial in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    It was always a pleasant experience working with most employees of XDx. The people actually cared about the technology and believed in the product and how it affected patient quality of life.

    Cons

    Discouraged transferring departments. Don't accept a job in a group thinking you can transfer once you get in. Also lack of growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During my time at XDx, people made a lot of waste and workflow and employee inefficiencies that could have been improved. However, management was always against change. My advice -- don't fight technology, else bioTECHNOLOGY is obviously not your calling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was a good place to work until management changed.

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    Good product, people were nice, very dedicated and knowledgeable. Some of upper management were great and really tried to improve the culture - others not so much.

    Cons

    New CEO changed things, more interested in making a profit than a good product. Company barely hanging on didn't help.There are big issues with the company ever becoming profitable and there is no money to spend on R&D which limits the chances for future success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a big lab to buy the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    XDx

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some good people and the work/life balance is great

    Cons

    No advancement opportunity and lots of layoffs which influences the culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at XDx full-time

    Pros

    People were fun.
    The work was interesting.

    Cons

    Too political.
    Didn't seem like much opportunity to grow.

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

    Almost no one remains

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brisbane, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    get a lot of experience doing work previously done by three employees

    Cons

    unpaid shutdown during the holidays
    no bonuses and weak salaries
    head count has been drastically reduced while business is booming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is borderline unethical to continue to reduce staff from the bottom of the company while business increases. Stop forcing staff to celebrate sales milestones while other people are laid off, or at least try to make those events happen on different days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great product -- poor upper management

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at XDx full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The benefits were amazing, and the people were brilliant. The work was always challenging, and engaging.

    Cons

    Massive layoffs meant the heart of the company was gutted. After a second round, it never recovered. Senior management talked a good talk but had no direction. Thankfully the product moved forward despite many poor decisions at the executive level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please listen to the employees who are making it work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    downward slide

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at XDx full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Valuable product that makes life better for patients. Some smart people who want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Lack of business sense helped drive the company into the ground. It's amazing it is still alive. Ruled by politics instead of what is best for the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to care about the business more than what you can personally get out of the company. They pretend to be transparent, but the hard facts are not revealed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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