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Updated August 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Terrific Culture, wonderful work environment (in 8 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 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Cares about its employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects; positive work environment; good benefits; management proactively takes care of employees

    Cons

    There is not much negative to say.


  2. "Was once a great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Complete Genomics full-time

    Pros

    They moved to San Jose so easier to drive to work. There are a few scientists that you can learn a lot from, and a lot of great people work here.

    Cons

    Not fun to work here anymore as atmosphere is getting worse. Role of CGI office is vague, even after they tell you. Lab staff don't even have desks and have to use temporary areas without power. Cannot even relax in lunch room as it has become a workspace. Nice patio at new location is unusable (unless you need to go out for a smoke). No opportunity to develop a product as that is all done in China.

    Advice to Management

    Take ownership of the company profile and UPDATE THE INFORMATION! Cliff is not the CEO anymore (sigh) and the company moved to San Jose months ago. Other than that, I don't expect much anymore.

  3. "Great people, but mission is unsure"

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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.


  4. "Individual Contributer"

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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.


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

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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

  8. "Great place to work"

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    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


  9. "Good place to work"

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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.


  10. "Staff Manufacturing Equipment Engineer"

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    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.


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