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Fluidigm Reviews

Updated June 15, 2018
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  • "Senior management is largely there to collect hefty paychecks and posture amongst each other" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Lot of turnover with layoffs and good people leaving, which leads to a lot of pressure on the remaining people to perform" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company, But...."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fluidigm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology
    Smart people
    Lots of potential

    Cons

    Marketing is very hierarchical which makes it hard to get anything done. Big egos. Half the department is ready to jump ship due to the terrible leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Dig into the details on exactly what marketing is doing.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Still an internal mess"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

    Pros

    Great IP, good people in rank and file

    Cons

    Senior management is almost exclusively old Life/Thermo people and they are trying to recapture the same culture, imposing a large corporate structure on effectively a small company. HR is a laugh, rarely there except one guy, they spend bundles of our precious cash on outside consultants to implement large corporate programs that just serve to stifle any joy left. If you don’t fit exactly fit some Radford category, good luck.... The say they are working on hiring, but despite large staff they outsource hiring, and drag their feet. DVS was never fully integrated, and working with other sites is akin to working with another company. They do not promote from within, do not acknowledge team member accomplishments. Senior staff regularly takes credit for work completed before they were even hired. The atmosphere is just poisonous. Gossip, backstabbing, soul crushing. The workloads are just crushing for a few people that tend to get most stuff done, while others coast and come in late and go home early. All the old Life/Thermo people insist on offices, eating up all our conference rooms.

    Advice to Management

    Life was bought by Thermo. Unless the rumors that we are looking to be bought as well are true, stop trying to recreate the Life corporate environment. Give up your offices so hard working people can actually have meetings.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Huge Upside Possible With New Focus"

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    Current Employee - R&D in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - R&D in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fluidigm full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    First and foremost, much of the technology that has been developed is amazing and there are some true visionaries on the staff. Though not fully realized, a simple market analysis indicates that the world of single cell analysis and single cell genomics is emerging and may be robust.

    With the core capabilities, Fluidigm could regain market share and re-emerge as an industry leader.

    Cons

    The marketing team hasn't really worked effectively with R&D to focus the direction of the company. There seems to be a cultural readjustment with the hiring of legacy Thermo-Fisher/Life Technologies employees in marketing and management roles. This results in a style that is much more rigid than is required for a relatively small company.

    An emphasis of the fundamental science is necessary to realize the grand vision, in some respects the cart has been put before the horse on a few projects, resulting in delays or cancellation of key research programs.

    Lastly, though senior management can be commended for improving the workplace environment, the culture is fairly lax and some staff members need to rediscover their passion for their careers. Going through the motions won't elevate the company to it's rightful destiny.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on supporting fundamental science. Better integration of R&D leaders with the marketing team to create a unified direction and vision. Remember, the size and culture of the company suggest that "big business" paradigms may not be effective in creating a winner. Discard stock notions of a "top down" model. Reach out to leaders of successful companies of similar size to re-evaluate management and marketing strategies and tactics.


  4. "Hire Process and Company Overview"

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    Current Employee - G&A Function in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - G&A Function in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interview process, On-boarding, Executive accessibility, Employee based culture all get top ratings at Fluidigm. As a recent new hire and one who has worked at many companies in the valley Fluidigm is both efficient and welcoming to candidates and new hires. They clearly have a working approach to resolving the tight labor market for experienced employees.

    Cons

    The HQ location while incredibly beautiful can be difficult to reach for East Bay Residents.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open and to reach out to your employee base, use your employees to resolve company wide challenges whether they are revenue, culture etc.


  5. "Look Beyond Older Reviews"

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

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

    Pros

    I saw older reviews and almost passed on working for Fluidigm because of them. I am glad I decided to see for myself what the company was like. New leadership is committed to the future success of the company. Workplace morale is a high priority. There are many dedicated and extremely talented employees at all levels of the company.

    Cons

    Day to day work can be tedious, some processes take a lot more effort than they need to.

    Advice to Management

    Keep asking for and seriously consider feedback you get from your employees and your customers.


  6. "Bright prospects for the future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A new management team has been hired that is rapidly changing the culture at Fluidigm for the better. Managers are employee friendly and have excellent people skills.

    Employees are engaged and are genuinely excited about the future prospects for the organization. I'm involved in commercializing interesting new products that are at the forefront of genomics analysis. As a new employee I see a bright career for me at Fluidigm.

    Cons

    No significant cons to communciate.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the employee friendly environment.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company changing direction with a great new leader. Employee momentum shifting more positively

    Cons

    Rapid growth, hard to manage at time

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication lines open

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Making Progress"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

    Pros

    Increased efforts directed at communicating internally
    Increased efforts directed at creating a healthy culture
    Increased efforts directed at taking care of employees

    Cons

    No comments at this time

    Advice to Management

    Continue taking positive actions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company Is Going In The Right Direction!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    After years of mismanagement, the company finally feels like it's getting on track. CEO is doing a great job at turning the company around. It took a while to get to where it is, and it will take a while to get where it needs to be, but things are definitely going in the right direction.

    Great people
    Opportunity to carve your own path and take on more responsibility
    Several positive additions to the leadership team
    Fantastic technology
    Flexible to accommodate work/life balance

    Cons

    Some legacy employees spread negativity
    Marketing has done a poor job rebranding the company externally
    Maybe leadership is working on it, but the company doesn't have a clear vision/mission

    Advice to Management

    There are a few leaders that need to be replaced. They are hindering the company from getting to the next level.


  10. "Great Place to Work -Exciting times ahead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting Technology. Growing to the Next Level. Excellent Leadership Team with a laser focused vision for the company's future. Public company but It is like working for a well funded start-up. Stock has done well the past 8 months. A fast paced company with a lot of cool projects going on. HR is putting in a lot of programs in place that benefit the employees.

    Cons

    No cafeteria in-house but Gourmet food trucks come weekly.
    With growth comes the standard pain of where do you put all the new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus - the investment community is responding positively to it.


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