Guardant Health Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2020

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Guardant Health Chief Executive Officer Helmy Eltoukhy (no image)
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48 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free lunch that's better than your company's(in 10 reviews)

  • "Friendly people, challenging and meaningful work, great teamwork, delicious catered lunch(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Projects are fast-paced but generally lack teamwork and clear direction(in 7 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance: getting better, but still a fast moving start-up atmosphere(in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The best experience with an Agency!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specimen Accessioner in Redwood City, CA
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Guardant Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The whole hiring process from beginning till end! I received step by step explanations and support. Im extremely grateful to Shea for the personal calls to welcome me on board and making me feel like a valuable employee. I’m really sad I couldn’t have stayed with DP longer but also am grateful I was able to have such a great experience.

    Cons

    None! I can’t think of anything as the whole process was seamless!

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  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Environment, Huge focus on impact"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Guardant Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food, competitive salaries, consistent patient first mentality, led by Founders who genuinely care about making an impact

    Cons

    Work days can be quite busy, business priorities change often, the same individuals receive promotions while other deserving employees go unrecognized.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible mission"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardant Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Mission, Culture, Opportunity for learning

    Cons

    High growth growing pains need forward looking attention

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced environment, mission-driven, smart people, fun"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    People Operations in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardant Health

    Pros

    Friendly people, challenging and meaningful work, great teamwork, delicious catered lunch

    Cons

    Location in Redwood City but offers flexibility to work from home

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "High Intensity, High Impact Work Environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardant Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    For the right person, there are lots of opportunities to grow your career. Amazing, dedicated, smart coworkers and a highly collaborative work environment. For the most part, teams and individuals are oriented towards working together to accomplish ambitious goals on aggressive timelines. Management is pretty open and accepts that imperfection comes along for the ride in a company trying to move as quickly as Guardant is. If you are highly technical, oriented towards getting stuff done, enjoy working cross-functionally, and can manage some amount of chaos, Guardant can be a great place to work.

    Cons

    Relentless pace- little time to rest or celebrate between milestones or projects. The fast pace comes with downsides in terms of work/life balance- the company will take as much as you have to give, and it will be up to you to define boundaries (the good news is that those are generally respected). Still some organizational immaturity in terms of structure and process. I can understand how more junior colleagues might feel that development opportunities are limited, given the lack of formal development programs and how busy most senior staff are. Guardant seems unlikely to give up its ambition in any significant way, which means that the fast pace nature of the company will likely persist for years to come. There is movement towards improving aspects of the culture (management training, coaching for senior leaders, etc). However, if you are someone who needs well-defined structure, clear direction, and company-guided work-life division, Guardant may not be a great match.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work for"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardant Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Just joined. Productive environment. Good benefit (0$ insurance )

    Cons

    Not sure yet because i just joined.

  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful work, opportunity for growth"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardant Health full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Collaborative atmosphere -- there is a sense of shared success, and when problems arise, the focus is on finding solutions as opposed to finding someone to blame. Impact on patients -- company is pioneer in liquid biopsy and has provided results to over 100,000 patients that help guide personalized targeted treatment. Scientific challenges -- there are many unsolved problems left to tackle. Also, there is so much data to work with -- it is a privilege and a duty to use to help tomorrow's patients. Onsite lunch is pretty good, and teams order delivery on Fridays

    Cons

    There's a lot going on, so buckle up for shifting priorities as new opportunities arise. Work-life balance: getting better, but still a fast moving start-up atmosphere.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Always Grinding"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Clinical Lab Associate II in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Guardant Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay, differential and paid dinners

    Cons

    Unhealthy work environment, overtime to the point of burn out and favoritism

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Transformative Clinical Oncology Company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardant Health full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is truly an honor to work at a company that is leading the liquid biopsy market and making a meaningful difference in improving the lives of very sick patients. The co-founders of the company are consistent and steady in executing against the company's long-term strategy. Excellent work conditions: latest equipment and technology; open office space; excellent high quality catered lunches every day. Strong company values that start with the patient always first. Committed to improving across all dimensions when potential issues or weaknesses become evident.

    Cons

    The only con that is being addressed is that the company needs to implement changes across the board to scale. The company is growing rapidly and needs to continue to focus on scaling processes and systems.

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  10. "Great Company!"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - N/A 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardant Health full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved the culture, the company is expanding so there is always room to grow. Coworkers were great and the mission was good. Free food and accomdations

    Cons

    Company expanded pretty quickly so communication of management was a little off.

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