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3.2
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75%
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Chris Linthwaite
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "(in 4 reviews)

  • "Coworkers are all really great people and work together as a team(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "10-12) than bench scientists (n(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. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "Positive opportunities with a Pro Employee Culture"

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

    I have been working at Fluidigm full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been with the company for almost 1/2 a year now and have seen mostly improvement in the quality of employee's joining the company (new thoughts, new enthusiasm etc) and the changes in Sr. Leadership. The company culture is one of hard work but acknowledgement of work life balance needs and a significant appreciation of employee's and their importance to the company. the Executive Leadership team is open and welcoming...

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    Cons

    Could improve cooperation between functional groups at times.

    Advice to Management

    Would be effective I think to show more detailed information to employee's on quarterly progress towards goals.

    Fluidigm2018-08-02

    Fluidigm Response

    August 31, 2018Director Global Talent Acquisition

    Thank you! We are pleased that you’re noticing a wave of positive change at Fluidigm. We’re working on building an employee-centric and sustainable culture that’s right for Fluidigm. We still have work to do, including better cooperation and communication across functional groups ...

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  2. "Fun and Dynamic Workplace"

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

    I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people around. Managers empower and challenge you to be at your best with an understanding of what is realistic vs what is not. It is a very team orientated place of business but allows for personal growth. Professional growth and career goals are important to managers who want to help you succeed. A very overall positive workspace that allows the employee freedom and a challenge without being over-bearing....

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    Cons

    Nothing significant enough to make note of.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees, it is appreciated when you ask them "How are you doing" and inspires them to keep working hard.

    Fluidigm2018-10-12
  3. "Soul crushing"

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

    I worked at Fluidigm full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Used to focus on innovation. Currently, I don't see any pros for working in Research and Development at Fluidigm.

    Cons

    In the last couple years, R&D has changed significantly at Fluidigm. For example, currently, there more directors and executives (n=10-12) than bench scientists (n=4-6). Thus, the bulk of the labor is piled on too few resources. Decision makers seem insecure and dysfunctional. Scientists are given little to no access to career development and/or the ability to collaborate and share research with the scientific community....

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    Advice to Management

    A clever and productive scientist is a resource to nurture. The diminution of project ownership, career development, and allowance for intellectual growth of your scientists will drive away any source of ingenuity and intelligence. The result will be a team of "yes-monkeys". Ego boosting, yes. Good for a high tech product development effort, absolutely not.

    Fluidigm2019-05-04
  4. Helpful (1)

    "good tech bad marketing"

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    Former Employee - RnD in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fluidigm full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Fluidigm has unique technology and can do many things. scientists are nice and work hard.

    Cons

    Marketing doesn't understand their products. marketing made bad decisions among projects. there is no vision for right projects. the commercial team members have no knowledge on their own platform. They often offer users what fluidigm platform can't do. The senior managers thought they knew the situation but actually not. Many strategies were made after things have happened; marketing flipped decisions to please...

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    Advice to Management

    train your marketing and commercial teams to learn the science. it is a small company, don't waste resources on huge HR team. respect the science, don't assume things.

    Fluidigm2019-04-26
  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fluidigm full-time

    Pros

    Many passionate people work here.

    Cons

    The organization seems top heavy.

    Fluidigm2018-12-14

    Fluidigm Response

    April 18, 2019Director, Global Talent Acquisition

    Thanks for your comments. The fact is, the structure of our executive leadership has not changed significantly. However, we have added high-profile, senior leaders in key areas that include Global Operations, Commercial, and R&D, which is one of the reasons for the incredible ...

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  6. "TAS"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

      Pros

      team friendly and innovative environment.

      Cons

      A lot of people leave.

      Advice to Management

      keep talent

      Fluidigm2018-10-29
    • Helpful (2)

      "Confusion"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

      Pros

      Solid technology and overall reputation for microfluidics

      Cons

      Dysfunctional R&D leadership, poor communication

      Advice to Management

      With a poor external reputation of R&D leadership and high voluntary separation, there are questions about the current VP

      Fluidigm2018-10-04
    • "Heading in the right direction"

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

      I have been working at Fluidigm full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      I can attest there is a new direction and focus that we didn’t have in the past. The company finally has senior leaders in Ops, R&D and QA that have the experience needed to move the company forward to bring regulated product to market. There has been significant change in staff, particularly within R&D that brings additional scientific and regulated expertise. Some may view the loss of long time staff as a negative,...

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      Cons

      The organization needs to become more efficient. There are meetings abound, and the sheer number of meetings cause a decrease in productivity. Though the vision for the future has been communicated at a very high level, the details of how we get to where we want to be are unclear. Communication from the top needs to continue to improve, as it has in recent months with the addition of the new leadership. Benefits are...

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      Advice to Management

      Keep the channels of communication open. Be engaged and involved with staff outside of senior leadership, which will show you value the employee base. Hold more company events that bring staff from multiple groups together. In addition to focusing on the results of employee engagement surveys, HR should work on an improvement to the 401(k) benefit. Show employees you value them by helping them invest in their financial...

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      Fluidigm2018-08-03
    • Helpful (6)

      "Company in flux"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

      Pros

      It used to be exciting and dynamic, and have a really solid culture. It was a very aggressive culture, but everyone was really passionate about their work. It's not like that anymore. New people are coming in that may reinvigorate things. Compensation and benefits are good! The proteomics side is exciting.

      Cons

      The genomics side is boring and confusing- endless reorganizations, no idea what management is thinking, projects that don't have a clear beginning or end. Layoffs and turnover has really decimated culture and morale, and the ambition of the company has drastically decreased.

      Advice to Management

      Clarity with employees

      Fluidigm2018-07-09
    • Helpful (6)

      "Lots of talk, little action"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Fluidigm full-time

      Pros

      Great location Benefits are improving Pay is decent

      Cons

      Too many egos. The upper management has turned over a great deal since the new CEO stepped in and they all come in with different views. The number of employees at or above the Senior Director level is way too much for a company this size. It leads to too many "sayers" and not enough "doers". So, nothing really ever gets done. What's worse is that there are people in management positions that really don't know how...

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      Advice to Management

      Take the time to engage with the "low level" employees. They'll feel more valued if their opinions are taken into account and help improve their day to day job. This would also improve the company as a whole. Morale would go up, problems would get fixed and you wouldn't see so many people level. Do this NOW, before even more long time employees leave. For a company that survives on people (not processes) you can't...

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      Fluidigm2018-06-20
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