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Pacific Biosciences CEO Michael Hunkapiller
Michael Hunkapiller
23 Ratings
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  • "Most employees knew this, but upper management apparently saw that as 'backtracking'(in 3 reviews)

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  1. reliability engineer

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    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great technical management and friendly environment

    Cons

    Slow marketing and sales, great technology, just slow in sales

  2. Excellent technology

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. No matching 401k

    Cons

    There are any to think of

  3. Slow growth

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time

      Pros

      Lots interactions with colleagues across multifunctional departments

      Cons

      Not much growth space for lower level employees

    • Nice place to work

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time

      Pros

      Nice place to work, great peple

      Cons

      a lot of micro-management from upper levels.

      Advice to Management

      listen to your employees more

    • Helpful (1)

      Joined for the great company culture

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Menlo Park, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great team who works well together Flexible manager who lets us direct our own projects

      Cons

      Too much politics in certain departments Retention of employees who do not work well with others

      Advice to Management

      Encourage more communication between executive management and employees. They seem out of touch and even uninterested in engaging with non-managerial employees. Base decisions on facts and logic, not the seniority of the person who brings the idea.

    • An OK company

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      Former Employee - Management in Menlo Park, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      Definitely the perks of work/life balance. In my years of experience I never work for a company that are very relax in allowing employees to work less than 8 hours/day. Many employees also work from home. Also they have great products and very smart engineers.

      Cons

      Tough competition in selling their products. Top management is unable to execute revenue goals for many years and have to do raise money for operating expenses which resulted in their $2 stock price.

      Advice to Management

      The company has been in this mode for several years. Top management need to identify and make hard decisions of what work and what doesn’t work as far as business decisions.

    • Well wisher of the amazing technology

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time

        Pros

        Task centric work culture. Flexibility in work hours.

        Cons

        Needs more focus. The edge and excitement during the startup phase needs to be rejuvenated.

      • Helpful (2)

        Good product, good people, good company - but challenges and changes

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menlo Park, CA
        Recommends
        Neutral Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time for more than 2 years

        Pros

        - Good product: a state-of-the-art DNA sequencer with innovative technology invented by the founders and tec - Good people: smart, capable, helpful, and nice people, with an unhyped culture of contribution, support, and friendliness - Good company: excellent purpose; generally well-directed, well-organized, well-managed company I worked under two excellent managers at PacBio, definitely among the very best managers...

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        Cons

        - Challenges in the market, despite product quality and continuing innovation and technological advancement - Changes in organization, management, and staff with loss of valuable contributors and disruption of culture

        Advice to Management

        - Continue to prioritize innovation and technological advancement - Take organizational steps to recognize & retain valuable contributors and to support culture

      • Helpful (1)

        R&D company with good sequencers but can't operationalize to become profitable.

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        Former Employee - IT Professional in Menlo Park, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Nice people Provides salad bar Technology has great potential, but competition is catching up. Promotion is easy, just ask management and they will hire someone under you, no experience or training is required Flexible working hour, 4 out of 5 days from home is acceptable.

        Cons

        No 401K match. Management clueless, unqualified and waste money on projects without any ROII. Lack of Communication/Lack vision. Amazingly political for a small company No real growth, except to fine tune your political skills.

        Advice to Management

        Have a focus strategy and go after it, communicate down to achieve understanding and alignment.

      • Pays pretty well, slow environment.

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time

        Pros

        Relatively fun and casual environment. Generally nice people to work with.

        Cons

        Slow environment, needs better organization. Too many telecommuters.

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