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Natera Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Catered lunches on Monday, Wednesday, Friday (in 13 reviews)

  • There is free food weekly which I enjoy as it saves me money and also forced me to eat healthy at work (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Complete chaos; no one cares about anyone or anything besides covering their own butts (in 8 reviews)

  • POOR MANAGEMENT, underpaid, hostle work environment (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Good company that gets a bad rap."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people & a fun/social work environment. The company and leadership really want to make quality products that help make people's lives better. Work here is challenging and isn't always easy, but it is always worthwhile. There have been growing pains over the past few years, but management tries to resolve them. That is what life at a burgeoning company is like.

    I like it here. There is a lot of opportunity for growth. The company expects (but recognizes) hard work.

    Cons

    Judging by other reviews left here, there are obviously some departments or groups that are having a rough time and being vocal about it. I don't see any of this hostility on a day to day basis at work. Adjustment to the pace here and the continued growth of the company takes some perseverance.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why so many people seem dissatisfied in their reviews on glassdoor. It seems to be localized to less senior employees in specific departments. More management training for middle-level managers may help. Continue to focus on quality, be less stressed about timelines, and continue to increase transparency.


  2. "Awesome science"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me, the most important thing about a company is that they have great science. I want to know that I am going to be part of something big, and make a difference in the world. Before I joined, I read some of the science behind Natera, and I was impressed. Now that I am an employee and can see behind the scenes I have not been disappointed. I think Natera has a bright future, and I am glad to be part of the team.

    Cons

    It's a pretty intense place (but if you want to be part of cutting edge science, that is what you need.)

    Advice to Management

    My only advice is to have researchers focus on a smaller number of projects.


  3. "Remarkable people and technology"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Natera part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    .Talented group of people motivated by the positive value of their work.
    2. No imposition of hierarchies. Everyone is of equal value.
    3. CEO has a great sense of humor that trickles down.
    4. Pleasant day to day work experience. Lots of smiling faces.
    5. Employees work as a team

    Cons

    1. Many factors and departments need to be integrated; science and technology, government health regulation, health insurance, codes, ethics, professional education, in addition to the usual and this sometimes leads to holds ups with products.

    Advice to Management

    1. Hold more informal meetings between department managers to better integrate functions.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company with rooms for improvement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work. Growth opportunities. Catered lunch 3 days a week. Fully stocked kitchen with healthy snacks, drinks and fruits. There are some dedicated and smart people.

    Cons

    Young company with rooms for improvement. Lack of communicaton within department and between departments. Everything seems rushed and urgent.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Listen to your employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "They care about their employees."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The health insurance, planned group outtings, three times a week lunch, snacks and casual wear.

    Cons

    Pay could be better. I was disappointed a huge new building did not have a gym.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management have an open door policy and very laid back. They want and encourage employee feed back. Whenever the littlest things bother me, I feel comfortable enough to talk to even a director.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Natera"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, lunches and snacks are a nice perk.

    Cons

    Lots of meetings, heavy workloads and little direction, lots of changing priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead, set long term goals, and get adequate resources for projects.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Passionate people, working for a cause I completely back and believe in.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very shaky, expectation management is pretty poorly done, and top-down communication is non-existent. The upside is there are definitely a few departments where the employees are super happy, I think it comes down to the middle-management.

    Advice to Management

    Would enjoy quite a bit more communication, the feedback when I ask for it is always "We don't have enough time to" which is, in my opinion, a poor excuse. I feel like the benefits are becoming a bit better, the compensation overall is coming up to par, but we need a major culture shock/adjustment in order to push this company upwards.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Reviews are fairly accurate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits and lunch is provided 3 times a week.

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate across organization with little institutional knowledge transfer leads to unorganized chaos. Seems like there is a lack of executive leadership and road map clarity. Goals change with very little planning or thought.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job communicating your goals and vision. Realistic goals require methodical planning and implementation.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Great Company before the transition."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Catered lunch 3 days a week, free gym, benefits are great

    Cons

    Now that the company is transitioning to TX none of the new management knows how to run the company. They are very rude and play a lot of favoritism especially to the individuals in TX

    Advice to Management

    You might want to reconsider who you have running you company.


  11. Helpful (10)

    "Stay away.. far far away"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reimbursement Specialist in San Carlos, CA
    Current Employee - Reimbursement Specialist in San Carlos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Health and dental benefits, 401k

    Cons

    POOR MANAGEMENT, underpaid, hostle work environment

    Advice to Management

    Stop forming cliques and favoriting friends. Too much high school drama and bickering. Management is unqualified for their role


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