Adaptive Biotechnologies Employee Reviews about "work environment"
45% would recommend to a friend
(12 total reviews)
45% approve of CEO
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- "People you work with are great" (in 23 reviews)
- "flexibility, Great culture, Fast growing company." (in 9 reviews)
- "The company culture makes all the difference, awesome colleagues." (in 7 reviews)
- "Coworkers are amazing, on the job training, 2nd shift differential" (in 5 reviews)
- "Good work life balance." (in 5 reviews)
- "low salaries (Seattle is expensive!)," (in 15 reviews)
- "shadowed by the abismal middle management, high" (in 9 reviews)
- "Low pay and the company doesn't take inflation into consideration." (in 7 reviews)
- "Adaptive leadership apologized for lying to me about their intentions." (in 7 reviews)
- "• Unlimited PTO was very rigid depending on who your direct manager was" (in 5 reviews)
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Updated Dec 4, 2023
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- 5.0Nov 2, 2023PhysicistCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsReston, VA
Supportive Management Fulfilling work Great Benefits Team Orientated Environment Responsive Leadership Room for Growth
Commute from DC and no dry cleaning reimbursement
- 4.0Oct 30, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
Adaptive is a fast paced company that is constantly growing and changing. Though, at times this can be stressful, it is an exciting place to work that provides many opportunities to hone and grow your skills.
It can be stressful to work in an environment that is always in flux.1
- 2.0Apr 12, 2018Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 3 yearsSeattle, WA
It's a nice area to work, feels very much like a tech startup type (free food, snacks, coffee, company-wide functions, etc), and some of the people are very nice
Cliques and politics: I've worked in many biotech companies over the years and this is by far the worst in terms of people forming cliques and playing politics. I've seen very good people get pushed out of the company just because they dared to disagree with the 'in-crowd'. It's made the company very closed-in and stifled innovation because nearly all major decisions are based on limited viewpoints. Much of this seems to be because a large number of middle management are all extremely young, directly out of grad school, very self-confident, and with no experience in the private sector before Adaptive. Overall, it's a very difficult environment to work in due to the high amount of gossip, behind-the-back chatter, and immaturity. Limited growth: Aside from that, the salaries are very low compared to most other biotech in the area and there's limited room for career growth. For the higher positions, either you are hired into the position or you have been with the company since near the beginning. Then you can become a director. They have directors of everything now, which causes a problem in itself because every director thinks they are the authority over every other director, resulting in a lot of conflict. Where's the science? Also, for a biotech company, there are surprisingly few actual scientists, and for a company based around the immune system, it seems extremely odd that the number of people with experience in that field are probably in the single digits. Adaptive is more of a tech company playing science than a scientific company incorporating tech. Even the CEO has no background in science... Job security: One of the most shocking occurrences was when the entire Seattle office got called to a meeting just to watch the south San Francisco office get fired in front of us via teleconference. It was a very surreal experience and has constantly made me worry about my job security, although I would probably be better off somewhere else anyways...30Adaptive Biotechnologies Response6y
I appreciate you sharing your view, though I’m obviously disappointed with your assessment. At Adaptive, we have a strong bias to promoting from within our organization and providing career pathing to our employees who demonstrate expertise in their areas, are strong culture carriers, and have the desire to take on more responsibility to help the company grow. I also welcome you to voice your concerns directly; my door is always open to chat and I’m always available to listen.
- 5.0Jun 17, 2021Production Associate IIICurrent EmployeeSeattle, WA
Wonderful work environment. Caring management, engaged staff, low drama, upper management does a good job trying to find solutions.
Hours are not flexible & the work-life balance isn't the best. Sometimes it is difficult to gain career momentum and move out of the lab.
- 5.0Oct 11, 2021Supply Chain DirectorCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearSeattle, WA
Collaborative work environment with good company leadership
Very fast paced environment can be challenging
- 3.0Jun 30, 2023Senior Medical Laboratory TechnologistFormer Employee, more than 1 yearSeattle, WA
Very interesting work being done at this company and it still feels like it’s the next thing in Biotech/Medicine even though the company has been around for more than a decade. There are some cultural and group events that seem to bring some liveliness to the work space if you are able to attend. Also some very interesting and talented people can be found at Adaptive. The office spaces do have free food and coffee.
Depending on the actual department you work for, your personal work might not be that interesting or feel that rewarding on a day to day basis. For instance in the production laboratory- the work is monotonous but stressful due to the productivity demands. It also makes a huge difference who is your direct supervisor and how well do you get along with them. A poor supervisor makes for a very poor work environmentA poor supervisor makes for a very poor work environmentA poor supervisor makes for a very poor work environment as the work+direct report+promotion structure relies very heavily on weekly check-ins with the assigned supervisor. Work environment was often very toxic. Many conflicting agendas and messages make it hard to feel secure in leadership and in a long term career at Adaptive. To succeed in a job at Adaptive, I believe one must learn to use all the tools available to blame someone else for any *workflow problem* all while conveniently not doing the work that has the most accuracy/productivity parameters tracked. In my opinion, that type of punishment-reward system doesn’t actually benefit any patients or product integrity in the end. High turnover rates.2
- 5.0Nov 6, 2021Computational Biologist ICurrent Employee, less than 1 yearSeattle, WA
I've found a very collaborative and friendly work environment so far. Despite starting during remote work, great care was taken to make sure I was well integrated into the team and company culture which I appreciate.
Haven't come across anything significant cons to date. Some minor growing pains in some of the computational infrastructure but the teams are very dynamic and responsive, I have no doubts problems will be handled as they arise.1
- 5.0Jul 17, 2017Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearSeattle, WA
Great work environment doing work to help save lives. Awesome co-workers who are genuinely happy to be here. Kudos to management for promoting such a positive culture!
Still growing and maturing as a company-- some processes are not yet refined, but that's really no surprise. Not the type of place for someone who wants to get lost among the crowd.2