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Foundation Medicine Reviews

Updated February 13, 2019
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Pros
  • "Very patient centric, cutting edge genomics company" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Great Science, Great Mission, Great People" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance is impossible" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Fast paced, rapidly growing company" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very patient centric, cutting edge genomics company

    Cons

    Growing pains as the company rapidly expands

    Foundation Medicine Response

    Aug 13, 2018 – Senior Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at Foundation Medicine. We know we have some pain points to tackle as we grow. We are carefully looking at our barriers to execution, so we can... More


  2. "Laboratory Operations"

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    Former Employee - Accessioning Technician in Brockton, MA
    Former Employee - Accessioning Technician in Brockton, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foundation Medicine full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, Great potential for growth

    Cons

    Too many hours per week

    Advice to Management

    Protocols within different managers are assigned differently, rather than having a set of protocols and following them one way.

  3. "Crazy growth, lots of opportnity"

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

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

    Pros

    Foundation is an awesome place to work. It's challenging and growing a ton, which means that the environment is chaotic, but if you like to be busy, work really hard, and contribute to an inspirational mission, this is the place for you. It will be interesting to see how the new CEO changes things, hopefully for the better when it comes to prioritization.

    Cons

    Same as the pros. It's chaotic. You have to be comfortable in a company that is changing and shifting all of the time in order to succeed. Not all managers are helpful in navigating this.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great people with poor management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Foundation Medicine full-time

    Pros

    You really get a sense that everyone on a team is committed to the mission and that everyone is in it together. Compensation is good and is the primary tool for retention.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, compensation is the primary tool for retention. The facilities are inadequate for people to effectively perform their work (not including the lab), and even newly renovated space feels stodgey and generic. Senior leadership has solicited employee feedback on what it's like to work at FMI through surveys. When faced multiple times with very poor feedback, have taken literally no action to remedy seemingly any employee concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your work force AND be ready to take real action to keep commitments you've made to your employees.


  5. "Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Molecular Technologist
    Current Employee - Molecular Technologist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are abundant, many great resources

    Cons

    Communication can always be challenging at large companies


  6. Helpful (2)

    "A REAL FEEL GOOD ENVIRONMENT!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Foundation Medicine full-time

    Pros

    - Truly patient-centric
    - Brilliant minds everywhere!
    - Shared passion towards the mission of transforming patient care
    - Great benefits
    - Positive work environment
    - Collaborative

    Cons

    - Subpar browser speed, which results in delay to service provided to customers and hinders job performance

    Advice to Management

    - Listen to feedback from customer-facing employees and dedicate resources to implement changes that will improve employee-customer relationships


  7. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many talented, enthusiastic and dedicated people.

    Cons

    growing too rapidly, can be chaotic for a while

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great Mission, Immature Organization"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very customer focused
    Brilliant colleagues
    Great mission
    Company culture is strong

    Cons

    Thinking about joining the technology group - use caution. The group is exceptionally immature - each team does their own thing - work seeps in from everywhere. With so many new people and a high volume of contractors, risk for error and re-work is high. Scrum teams are consistently forced to over plan sprints without any realistic way to achieve it - it’s deflating. Look at the burn downs! There’s so much going on it feels like a battle zone - get in there - get it done - and move on to the next problem. More work keeps piling on the plate. We started adopting agile then just stopped. Finish what we started, there’s a long way to go. People can’t be expected to sustain this pace without error and burn out.

    Advice to Management

    This is a great company with an amazing mission. Help the technology group develop a consistent, streamlined, mature, and sustainable way to operate. What may have worked in the past is not working for us now.


  9. "Fast Growing"

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    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Billing Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Foundation Medicine (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Work/Life Balance. Management are great

    Cons

    Not a lot of trainings provided to contractors


  10. Helpful (28)

    "BEWARE"

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

    I worked at Foundation Medicine full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company has a great mission and superior product offering.

    Cons

    Leadership CORRUPTION at it's finest. I spent a few years at Foundation Medicine. I witnessed various employees who were at a "leadership" level engage in plotting, cattiness, and downright unethical office politics. You know there is a problem when HR repeats confidential information to other employees. Not all departments are corrupt but in some areas on the commercial side being a good worker is not enough. In order to have your hard work and accomplishments recognized you have to play the politics game and turn a blind eye to the nasty behavior you see exhibited towards your coworkers. Beyond that there is no confidentiality. Too many times I have heard leadership openly sharing and making fun of various employees work issues.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to give because they would chalk it up to me being "disgruntled". I hope the company can move to honor the culture it promotes in all departments.