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Foundation Medicine Reviews

Updated June 7, 2018
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Pros
  • "Very patient centric, cutting edge genomics company" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great Science, Great Mission, Great People" (in 6 reviews)

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

  • "Growing pains, company is working on its communication" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Account Executive"

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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

    Pros

    Leader in cancer diagnostic testing. Excellent culture, great people and great purpose.

    Cons

    Exponential growth has caused gaps in training and onboarding. The decision is yours as to whether you sink or swim.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond onboarding. Systems training per department is key, especially in sales.


  2. "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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great mission and great potential. But Mis-management and miscommunication are a theme"

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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

    Company has a great mission and reputation. Working with some very smart and driven people. Flexible-ish work hours (WFH). Expect company to continue to grow.

    Cons

    Dysfunctional organization. Horrible communication between teams. The VP to Manager level people are not good at managing. Work stress passes on from Exes to upper, and eventually share by everyone on the team. Miscommunication or no communication between teams are common. On paper, we are encouraged to be innovative but at the end of day, no one has the time to think outside of their workload. Product development did not stem from enough background, user or market research, hence, many rushed high priority projects that ended up failing or being discontinued a few months after launch, which is a huge blow to morale and a complete waste of people's time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being overly reactive to things without properly think through the needs and the solution. Also, work life balance was "encouraged" but not realistically implemented. Resources are scarce and insufficient to support work-life balance with the amount of workload that's put on each person.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Awful People, Awful Culture, Even Worse Management"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some teams here working on potentially interesting data problems.

    Cons

    Imagine the stagnation of your career made manifest into a corporate entity, this entity would be called "Foundation Medicine".

    Doing anything here requires so much beurocracy and navigation through a quagmire of incompetence that it's surprising anything gets done. You will be waiting weeks if not months for external dependencies to fulfill trivial tasks. All the while management will be breathing down your neck.

    You'll be working beside some software engineers that, despite having an ivy league degree, cannot understand intermediate concepts that would improve the quality and performance of their applications tenfold. I would place the quality of code here at roughly a freshman level.

    You'll be using terrible business to business software that one would only assume was decided upon as a favour to management's old college friend. This software will make your quality of life immeasureably worse.

    Any facet of modern software engineering process is 'implemented' at FMI, but only at a face level that is underlaid with old, inefficient, and superceded processes that the industry collectively realised were a terrible idea in 2005.

    The majority of people here are also just plain rude in my experience, I have never worked at a place like this before. It is "uniquely FMI".

    Advice to Management

    It's hard to be constructive given the level of toxicity that has taken root here, but here are two things that would make things much better.

    Engineering teams should be allocated their own devops people.
    Get rid of garbage non-standard industry software.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great company going through growing pains"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Science, Great Mission, Great People`

    Cons

    FMI is growing very fast and the culture of the company is suffering. I understand that culture is difficult to uphold and recognizing employees becomes more difficult when you get to 700+ people, but upper management simply doesn't seem to care. Very focused on revenue - again...understandably so...but something should be done to show more appreciation to employees and bring back or possibly redefine the culture.

    Advice to Management

    This is an amazing company with amazing people - pay more attention to the people or they will continue to slip away.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Inexperienced, insecure, clueless leadership"

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    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Current Employee - Mid-Level Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cancer diagnostics is meaningful and important work
    Exposure to oncology biomarkers and patient treatment paradigms
    Reputation (while it lasts)

    Cons

    Extremely political for its size with many leaders who are coming from the startup days and now in way over their heads
    Grew too fast - startup culture and mentality, inadequate processes and infrastructure across the board at every function
    Not too much upside left, you end up putting up with a daily circus for no long term pay out

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of inexperienced, insecure and narcissist leaders and bring in professionals who know what they are doing to take the company to next stage


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Exhilarating and stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work. The company has a very clear mission of what it wants to deliver. It is at the forefront of biotech in CDx

    Cons

    Stressful at times especially when dealing with FDA.

    Advice to Management

    No clear growth (personal and professional) opportunity. Its work, work, work... Need to give employees time to think about career as well as personal growth.

  8. Helpful (21)

    "If you are smarter than a fifth-grader, don't apply here"

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technologist in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The concept of the company sounds good but any lab jobs here are best suited for first-year graduates from college.

    Cons

    This place has the WORST corporate culture I have ever experienced! If you thoughts cliques in high school were bad, this place is ridiculous. The lab ops leaders and some of the "lead techs", are the most insecure, unqualified, egomaniacal, sophomoric and incompetent people. If they don't like you, they will run you out of the company. Which means, in order to stay, you must kiss their butts 100% of the time. They speak to their employees like they are little children, or have some kind of disability. Everyone is talked down to! They are all threatened by independent thinkers and clearly intimidated by anyone that knows more than they do. They discuss confidential employee issues in front of the entire office, which is a large room full of cubicles where everyone can hear. Management's level of unprofessionalism is a common conversation among laboratory employees. There is no work-life balance, schedules will change unannounced, you can be forced to work weekends and postpone taking vacation time based on management's agenda. The FDA needs to look a little closer at the way things run there.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to wake up and get rid of the bench techs they promote to directors, lab ops leaders and lead techs. They are an embarrassment to your corporation.


  9. "Lots of change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    FMI has been an awesome place to work. The company has been going through a lot of change in the last couple of years, but there's also a lot of room to grow and opportunity. We have a lot of new executives who are bringing in needed business processes that should help stabilize in the long run. The patient impact can't be beat.

    Cons

    It's hectic. Priorities change all the time and everyone is doing at least 2 jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on building the systems. Every team is way behind where they should be.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Inept leadership and process 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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart people trying to do great things for patients

    Cons

    Senior leadership clueless and full of themselves. The good people have left or are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in correcting operational issues. When there are problems, where is the management? No one invested in making sure the growth could be accommodated. IT systems stressed, people stressed, service to customers rapidly declining.


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