23andMe - Fantastic Culture, Not Great for Early Career Trajectory | Glassdoor
Pros
  • "Great mix of high performance with work/life balance" (in 22 reviews)

  • "Company culture - The company from the top down is invested in their employees" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "We've added a lot of people so there are some growing pains like longer lines at lunch (which they recently fixed for the most part" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Few come to mind, but retirement benefits (401k match) could be improved" (in 5 reviews)

Employee Review

Employee Review

Helpful (6)

"Fantastic Culture, Not Great for Early Career Trajectory"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Research Associate in Mountain View, CA
Current Employee - Research Associate in Mountain View, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at 23andMe full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Everyone says that they have a great culture, but it is actually kind of rare to *actually* have a great culture. I genuinely feel that 23andMe actively hires people who are kind and compassionate, and there is an emphasis on work-life balance that is definitely not something you'll find at every company. I really believe in the mission of the company and have generally been incredibly happy at 23andMe.

Cons

It isn't the best place to be for your career trajectory for those transitioning from early-career roles to more mid-career roles. External hires are frequently given preference to internal hires, even in cases where the internal person has more job experience. In some departments, especially engineering, there is a documented job ladder with criteria for promotion, but since it isn't actually shared with people, it functionally doesn't exist. If you are fully qualified for a promotion which only requires one year of experience in your current job when your biannual 360 review comes up and you can document that, you may have to wait an additional year to actually get the promotion.

For those in mid-career and senior-career level roles, I think that it is better.

Advice to Management

There should be clarity on job ladders in every department. Additionally, there is not much emphasis on internal hiring, but perhaps there should be.

Other Employee Reviews

Other Employee Reviews

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Fast Paced But Fulfilling"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 23andMe full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Has a fast-paced work style.
    Very organized from an on-boarding perspective.

    Cons

    Moves so fast that it's hard to keep up.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Its all golden in the begining.."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at 23andMe full-time

    Pros

    great people, charismatic inspiring leader and groundbreaking work. Very fun and informal work environment and the dogs are a '+'

    Cons

    Some teams have excessively toxic work environments that higher management is aware of but does not care to rectify.
    HR is ineffective and unhelpful with most issues.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at hiring practices to ensure the right personalities are given leadership roles else some teams are becoming very demoralizing to continue in.

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