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Cepheid Reviews

Updated June 5, 2017
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  • Upper management doesn't listen (in 4 reviews)

  • Company grow fast then it take time to complete human ressources and when they arrive it's already too late (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SQA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - SQA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cepheid full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very helpful and nice people

    Cons

    Very conservative. Everything moves very slow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Material Handler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cepheid full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High material handler pay, Family conscious company, decent benefits and a growing company equals room for advancement.

    Cons

    Cepheid has been around since 1996, but in some ways is behind the times and is still catching up to current manufacturing, training and safety practices. Just bought out by Danaher Corp.(2016). Minor layoffs with new company take over. If you have ever worked for a company that was bought out by another company, you have experienced the big "changes". The CEO John Bishop is gone already.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Logistics Analyst II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst II/Material Handler IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Logistics Analyst II/Material Handler IV in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cepheid full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not many. I would say some of my coworkers were good people and nice to work with

    Cons

    Worst upper management ever. I had 4 Managers in 4 years. Culture always changing, no sure footing. Some week, had to work up where close to 80 hours just to make things go, it was overkill.

    Advice to Management

    Quit


  4. Helpful (2)

    "company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cepheid (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great coworkers for the most part. was fortunate to work with many talented individuals with no egos. great technology, great projects in pipeline... good work-life balance. flexible times, free food 2 times a week at least..

    Cons

    changes slowly being made ever since Danaher take-over. former CEO is in NO way a friend of mine. Decided to sell company to Danaher and retire... probably knew the company was losing $$. HR was always a weak point even before the take-over. Bad communication on HR end with other departments... Recent budget cuts... company cares more about making an extra dollar than keeping employees... very difficult to get promoted unless you have a popular manager. i was never promoted during the 4 years employed here.. possible inside back-stabbing... just because you complete all your work and go beyond your job, it does not mean you will get promoted.. only 3% max annual increases and no bonuses unless you are top level.... maybe things will be better with Danaher? highly doubt it...

    Advice to Management

    start promoting people! and best of luck with Danaher.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stressful environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people - Many of the entry level/worker bees were some of the best friends I ever met. If you were under the right manager, they were very keen on training you for new skills. Not much else, though.

    Cons

    Management. The executive staff created a culture where people were too afraid to say anything other than "yes." This just set up people to fail, and often heads would roll for the smallest mistake. But as long as you were not in the immediate path of the exec team, you might be okay. Unfortunately, it just wasn't a healthy environment to be in at all.

    Advice to Management

    This is mainly for the exec staff - Allow your staff to give their honest opinions without fear of retribution. Give staff support to do what you expect them to do.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "LOOK ELSEWHERE FOR THE TIME BEING"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I could probably do nothing for at least 6 months without anyone noticing.

    Cons

    No communication. No transparency, Silo'ing of information. No training. 100% of the time is spent putting out fires and 0% of time on strategic planning. Upper management doesn't listen. Future plans are all smoke and mirrors. Poor evaluation of talent. Lack of turnover leads to complacency and laziness. "Fibbing" is encouraged and acknowledged by VP level individuals... ie lie to employees and set false expectations to boost work output in the short term.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the yes-men. See Volkswagen emission scandal... The directors and "managers" at this company spend nearly 100% of their time communicating upward and have absolutely no idea what is going on below them. They make as many promises as possible to keep people above them happy, and then just sit back and hope everything gets done. If nothing gets done, no worries, because god forbid any of them are actually held accountable!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Organization, Slightly Disorganized"

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

    I have been working at Cepheid part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is always plenty of work to be done. Most people are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    With so much to be done, there are often miscommunication as to who is doing what. There is little to no training.

  8. "company culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cepheid full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    People are generally friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    As company growing bigger, it's harder to communicate between groups/departments. There are always some personality crash, which is not uncommon in a company with any "human being". However it's up to the manager/director to resolve the issue, objectively and firmly. Unfortunately, in my case, the upper manager is afraid to take stand due his/hers lacking of technical confidence. All the projects got delayed due to the disagreement between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive to build a working environment that is healthy for the growth of the company, not for your own ambition.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Company overall is great but finance is terrible."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cepheid (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The companies products are great and the innovation that goes on here is something as an employee you are excited about want to be part of this great company.

    Cons

    Sadly if you are someone that is looking for opportunities in finance, this may be a horrible place if you are not Asian. There is a lot of favoritism towards anyone that is Asian irrespective if they can perform or not.

    Constantly hear team members speaking in their native mother tongue all day which creates an environment of isolation and disrespect.

    Advice to Management

    Get a handle of this problem or else you won't have a diverse group of people working for you.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "CEO is stuffy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, understand work life balance.

    Cons

    The CEO Mr. Bishop is very stuffy. Although I have been at this company for almost five year he knows my name he never says hi to me.

    Advice to Management

    Don't act so stuck up.


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