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Pacific Biosciences Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "Good product, good people, good company - but challenges and changes"

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

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    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 I've ever had. I also had excellent support from and interaction with members of my own and other teams.

    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


  2. 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
    Former Employee - IT Professional in Menlo Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than 3 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.

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Reagent Manufacturing Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Reagent Manufacturing Technician in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the culture here is unmatched, the people are awesome, the work environment is relaxed but with a "get things done" attitude. Last but not least, the copious company BBQs hosted throughout the year

    Cons

    Some departments lack support from other departments which hinders processes. Some processes are outdated and could benefit from peer review/input. Since it is somewhat a small company there is not much room for personal career growth.


  4. "reliability engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    great technical management and friendly environment

    Cons

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


  5. "Pays pretty well, slow environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time

    Pros

    An excellent culture of true professionals and genuinely great people.

    Cons

    Still searching for that killer app.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great People Amazing science"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, and amazing science.

    Cons

    It gets really busy and you need to keep up.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company, didn't like CA"

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

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Really exciting work, there's always something new to try and figure out. Changing the way sequencing is done and used.

    Cons

    It seems like the company swigs back and forth from being on the cusp of making it big or dying but never quite does either


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Used to beer much better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pacific Biosciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Too upright management, people are afraid to speak up and share their thoughts

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to understand what their employees is doing


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Order Management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Pacific Biosciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Immediate Coworkers and office coworkers very helpful. They are fun and they don't stab others in the back. Immediate coworkers work as a team.
    - kitchen has lots of Free snacks and soda
    - ping pong activities

    Cons

    - ERP complicated
    - my position required me to do Collections and Credit Check and never had to do that in past order management/customer service postion
    -senior management doesn't stick up for teams/points blame at you
    -you're hired as salary but you get treated like an hourly employee
    - Did not like to be micromanaged
    - was told I could telecommute but once hired was told it was not an option
    - direct manager was inconsistent

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs training.


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