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Updated March 9, 2017
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Complete Genomics (President and CEO) Cliff Reid
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Pros
  • Terrific Culture, wonderful work environment (in 7 reviews)

  • Because it is a small company, you are able to come in contact with brilliant people in every single department (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Multiple abrupt strategic direction changes were imposed by parent company (in 8 reviews)

  • Way too many VPs keep getting hired relative to people getting hands on work done (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Individual Contributer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 Complete Genomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Company spends alot of money.


  2. "Great people, but mission is unsure"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Awesome people there, very bright and dedicated. Fun, collaborative atmosphere.

    Cons

    They seem to be transitioning all the work to the teams in China. New management not giving clear vision to US employees.

    Advice to Management

    You have an amazing amount of talent in Mountain View that you are not utilizing well. The China teams are still very junior and inexperienced, and not capable of innovating. US team is floundering because of poorly communicated vision. I suspect your plan is the shut down the US company at the end of this year and that would be a grave mistake.


  3. "Nice place to work if you are in IT!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Complete Genomics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to work on different technologies.

    Cons

    No specific direction in terms of long term strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Time to market is very slow.. Please make it fast.


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  5. "Good People to Work with but very top heavy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone at Complete Genomics are so nice to work with. I met great people while I was at Complete Genomics. Benefits and pay are industrial standard.

    Cons

    Constantly changing directions and come out with all the ideas from the top without knowing whether it can be achieved or not. Constant reorganizations also hurt productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Promise what you can do. Over promise to BGI and under deliver that promise hurt everyone in the compnay.


  6. "Great people to work with. BGI is screwing the culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues
    Great attiture and lots of new technology to learn
    Worklife balance
    Free kitchen so lunch snacks is free

    Cons

    BGI. Killed the omega sequencer project. And laid off majority workforce. They changed the direction completely so the company is in disarray


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good work culture
    Great work life balance

    Cons

    Not much to do in Mountain view


  8. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Strong management team provided clear direction. Culture was collaborative and made up of intelligent people. Pay and benefits were very competitive.

    Cons

    Technology development was exceedingly expensive. Culture encouraged spending sometimes to excess. Hired too quickly and then had layoffs. Now culture has changed but direction is less clear.


  9. "Staff Manufacturing Equipment Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Best interaction group/department relationship in communication, support, and fun working environment.

    Cons

    Budgets were tight and unpredictable.


  10. "Was a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Talented group of scientists, engineers and computer science types. A very open and flexible work environment

    Cons

    Ran out of money when the market crashed and never fully recovered. BGI bought the company for a song and they built a mega-sequencer no-one wanted...


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Not looking very good for the future."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Specialist in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Before the layoff - Flexible hours. Intelligent, motivated co-workers. Food brought in every week. Good pay and benefits. Professional training, advancement, and certifications highly encouraged and paid for pretty much without question. Employees and departments managed their own expenses with little red tape. Consistent management quality goals. Weekly "all-hands" kept you informed of company goings-on. Laid off employees received good severance package. Star ratings below are what the company was like before the change, aside from career opportunities which are slim now.

    Cons

    After the layoff - Parent company BGI decided to halt the main project even with three multi-million dollar orders pending and the recent opening of a large new facility that was in final preparation stages that now will have little if any use. Huge layoff of more than half the personnel caused much of the remaining talent to leave voluntarily. Very unstable environment as a result. Great CEO resigned. Not the same company at all since the big change. Can't recommend as a company until and unless some good news comes from the changes.

    Advice to Management

    Please stick to the same employee policies you had before to help retain the talent you need for your future projects.



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