Adaptive Biotechnologies Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2020

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Adaptive Biotechnologies President and CEO Chad Robins
Chad Robins
41 Ratings
Pros
  • "Exciting company that is highly fast-paced and going through enormous growth(in 5 reviews)

  • "Great culture, compensation, work/life balance, and promising future(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lots of work, very fast paced, no room for error(in 5 reviews)

  • "Parking can be a challenge but Adaptive offers a transportation stipend for taking public transit(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Love this place"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Information Technology and Software 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adaptive Biotechnologies full-time

    Pros

    Mission and team passion, amazing technology

    Cons

    Need to manage your own work-life-balance

  2. Helpful (3)

    "So, who is/are leaving next?"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adaptive Biotechnologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Based on my short experience, I'm proud to share that you, your wellness, and your career development are in good hands with Adaptive Biotech! I took advantage of (and grateful for) their diverse support system, especially outside of supply chain, that's why I thrived for more than 6 months.

    Cons

    In response to the previous post about 125% employee turnover rate in the warehouse: - Material Handler "A" left due to slow, career progression. - Material Handler "B" gave a month's notice, implied to a peer of having a condescending new boss and lacking training support, then left company. - Material Handler "C" complained of having a "tone-deaf and incompetent" new boss, left right after senior management made a retaliatory decision of denying promotion. - Material Handler "D" confided to "C" of being stressed over having an absentee and "not a good" new boss. Two business days later, gave a 2-day notice and went straight back to previous company. - Material Handler "E" was a no-show on "D"'s last day and was never seen and heard from, since then. In my case, the long work hours, fast-paced, heavy and varying workload (must compensate for the work shirkers) were not my stressors. Rather, it was the new boss' numerous, "foot-in-the-mouth" moments as well as failure to step up to SME and people leader roles. HR is aware of the issues, including the moral anger. It seems that they'd rather see frontliners quit than hold the new boss (a crony, rushed onboard) accountable on the simmering pulse of the warehouse team. If you choose to stay, expect to engage in "surface acting".

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting company with lots of opportunity for growth"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with a lot of very talented and intelligent colleagues. Have been at Adaptive for about a year and a half and the growth of the company during this time has been incredible. Management seems to really care about their employee's and for advancement in their respective career paths if they express interest. Recently implemented 401k match which is great. New additions to employee resource groups have been nice to see bolstering diversity inclusion across the company.

    Cons

    Large amount of growth and and change comes with a lot of challenges. Many new employees, which involves a fair amount of training and getting colleagues up to speed. A lot of change happening in a short of amount of time can sometimes be frustrating if not communicated well, but overall this is part of the growth process and everyone seems to be understanding of this. Overall, still very rewarding and highly recommend.

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    "Material Handlers Beware"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adaptive Biotechnologies full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I am conflicted, this company has a great purpose, they offer training luncheons and other opportunities for professional/personal growth. In most departments and even on the macro-level I think this can be a great place to work. At the same time I can't get over my extremely negative experience at Adaptive.

    Cons

    I concede this individual account may be prone to bias, in my defense FIVE Material Handlers have left (originally a team of 4) in the last 9 months. -In my department, within a week of me being hired I find Material Handler 'A' crying over a negative interaction with another co-worker. Worker 'A' quits within a month of me being hired. -Material Handler B gets hired (as a replacement for Worker A) and inappropriately harasses [suggestive comments toward] Material Handler C. The drama that pursued persisted for my entire time at Adaptive. Included everything from passive aggression to yelling. -Material Handler D gets hired. Worker D is clearly bothered by the supply chain department's culture (inappropriate harassment and negative-relationship between worker B and C) after starting. Material Handler D gets a competitive offer from their previous employer 2 months into working at Adaptive. Worker D quits/accepts offer. -I get fed up and quit in late spring 2020, I lasted only 6 months at this point. When you dread coming into work everyday due to needless drama, and on top of that you have a high-paced stressful job that requires co-worker collaboration, you burn-out quick. -Material Handler B quits/fired shortly after I leave. -Material Handler C (who has plenty to be upset about) quits a month or two later. Mid-summer 2020. The whole team that I started with just imploded.

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  5. "Work hard, play hard, be challenged."

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll partner with some of the brightest in the industry.

    Cons

    You'll have long days, sometimes back to back; the company is pushing the limit on deadlines.

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    "Bad management"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Adaptive Biotechnologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great place really enjoyed it until new management

    Cons

    New management focuses on the wellbeing of the lab at the cost of employees. She works for the lab not for the employees doing the work.

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  7. "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adaptive Biotechnologies full-time

    Pros

    Adaptive is a great company, the work is meaningful, great work/life balance, collaborative culture, and full of smart people.

    Cons

    I have no complaints. Very happy!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Worth it"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture, compensation, work/life balance, and promising future

    Cons

    Could go for a larger desk

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent place to grow"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Adaptive Biotechnologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Adaptive was where I really started practicing software engineering and I had a smart and hardworking mentor to learn from. After working with other product/program managers, I truly appreciate the ones I work with here at Adaptive. The skills and culture here had also helped me advance quickly in my current job. The colleagues I have met here are caring and had helped me from work to life. I still keep in contact with them after leaving. The CTO (at that time), was personable and actually knew who I was. HR team really helped me transition to and from Seattle and were beyond amiable. Overall, working at Adaptive was a very pleasant one and had helped me grow a lot.

    Cons

    Need a better or possibly a clearer career/promotion plan. Growth feedback was limiting.

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    "Room for improvement"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many perks like stock options, matching 401K and decent benefits. The workload is mostly manageable, but unpredictable. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    So much middle management! Too much time spent on useless meetings where decisions are rarely made. Work is not evenly distributed; some employees work incredibly hard while others procrastinate or "work from home". Many employees were hired based on who they knew and not on their talent. Performance reviews seem arbitrary, not based on actual output.

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