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Pathway Genomics Reviews

Updated July 31, 2018
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Pros
  • "I would say the free lunch, but the intent of the" (in 16 reviews)

  • "Upper management seemed supportive, in fact they would stop to shat or high five you when you closed a great deal" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management lies and is as supportive as a wet noodle" (in 5 reviews)

  • "The commissions are never accurate and there is no one that can explain commission reports to the reps" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for and team to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pathway Genomics part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, engaging projects, a lot of autonomy to and freedom to work on meaningful projects and make an impact, upper management and executives are very supportive and make themselves available to give feedback, awesome team you get to work alongside very smart and fun people.

    Cons

    because the company moves so fast, sometimes you wish you had a little more time to really polish something - but on the other hand it means you get to ship your work more often which is rewarding. also because the company moves fast, sometimes it feels like you're jumping from one project to the next, but again if you enjoy the fast-paced startup-esque culture this can make the job more fun and stimulating.

    Advice to Management

    keeping hiring smart people and letting them lean in and do great work, give more updates and transparency with the business

    Pathway Genomics Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Pathway Genomics Team

    Thank you for your feedback. We are thrilled you enjoy working at Pathway and find the culture, projects and support meaningful.
    Pathway continues to move forward because of the dedication and... More


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is in a great location, right by the UTC mall, and lunch is catered a couple times per week.

    Cons

    There is very little and poor management which makes for a terrible work environment. The general attitude is that the employees aren't doing enough fast enough to make the company profitable. Most people are upset, confused, and frustrated that priorities continuously shift (on a weekly basis) and that all the best and smartest employees either get pushed out or quit. Upper management is a revolving door and it is always unclear who is actually in charge or making key decisions. It is rare to get through an engineering sprint with out scope changing dramatically, as a new 'must-be-done-immediately' project comes in the the door. Most good ideas are shot down because they take too long to do right and the company doesn't want to 'pay' the development cost.

    With so many good coding jobs out there, I would strongly advise against taking one here. The code base is old and monstrous and poorly documented, so the first month is just trying to get up to speed enough to contribute and even then, you'll spend a lot of time bugging the other developers to get whatever tribal knowledge you can out of them so you can do your work, it is a huge waste of time. And good luck getting your environments setup. There are so many and they are all convoluted, so that alone is a big chore that will require you to badger everyone in the department about it for weeks to get it dialed in.

    Advice to Management

    Bring on a COO who has an MBA and has done the job before. Also a CFO is a must-have, that you have gone too long with out. Hopefully with competent people in those positions you can actually develop a business plan that is based on market research and focus in on a unifying direction for the company instead of just chasing every deal for the money.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Horrible Experience"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pathway Genomics (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company could be used in all business courses across America for "How NOT to run a business."

    I also learned to pay attention to your gut. When you ask why the company never discusses revenue after your second week of work, and the CBO can't answer that question- that is a red flag.

    Cons

    This company hires dozens of experienced sales reps from great jobs to come to Pathway just to get fired two months later. No warning, no severance.
    It's been this way for years.

    Pathway picks off employees like its a game. If you come here, you will eventually be a target.

    The commissions are never accurate and there is no one that can explain commission reports to the reps. No one understands the process.
    This is a company where they don't hesitate to harass and humiliate employees. Reps are cheated out of $thousands in commission.

    Pathway is now reducing salaries of folks who have been on board for years. We're talking- $30,000 paycuts.

    You decide- is this the company for you?

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to run this business. There is no one in charge who understands the business, yet you have a half dozen folks with no true business experience trying to play 'Boss'.
    Hire a leader for this company. More time is spent on gossip and current employees wanting promotions and new titles than is spent on discussing business.
    You might make more $$ pitching Pathway to a reality tv show at this point.
    No one is taking it seriously anymore.

    I believe the truth will come out one day, and everything will be exposed.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "much better"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pathway Genomics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    getting rid of old management, CBO, CEO was the best thing ever

    Cons

    none now. company should thrive


  5. "Continued growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good coworkers and supervisors. I was a little concerned when I started here after all the reviews but was pleasantly surprised. Employees treated well and it is a pleasant place to work. Recent New management changes seem to have energized the company.

    Cons

    Still some growing pains as always with a growing company. Engineering working hard to compensate for the short comings

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring the needed staff to fill the teams needs


  6. "Big Changes!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Future looks much more promising with new leadership, clear vision, hiring, support, opportunity.

    Cons

    We are short staffed in many areas and still have some dysfunction in a couple key departments

    Advice to Management

    Hold all departments accountable. We cannot afford to allow some personnel to fall short (fail) or refuse to execute their job responsibilities.
    Hire necessary people and support and reward your valuable employees.


  7. "New management, new possibilities."

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working hours, dress code, free snacks, exciting new projects, everyone still here is top notch and ready to move forward. Previous upper management folks are gone and the new management is eager to perform and establish culture and purpose. Personally, I only see good things to come.

    Cons

    Lot of bad history to overcome, and with that, a great challenge ahead. Everyone is committed and the future looks bright.

    Advice to Management

    They already know what to do (and not do).

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Worst Professional Decision of my Entire Career - What was I Thinking?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pathway Genomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I would say the free lunch, but the intent of the free lunch is to "Encourage" employees to stay in the office and work through the break. There were some decent people there - I feel sorry for them.

    Cons

    I can not echo the sentiments about the CBO enough. It is absolutely beyond me how the CEO has allowed her reign of terror to go on. He is basically an absentee CEO who allows a totally under qualified AA to act as the de facto manager of a biotech company! I can not tell you about the feeling of dread that I felt in the pit of my stomach less than 2 months after starting work there, when I realized that I had to immediately start interviewing again in order to salvage the colossal mistake that I had made. It was hostile, totally demotivating, and there was zero visibility into how the company was performing - probably because of improper billing procedures that eventually led to a qui tam lawsuit and subsequent $4.1 million award with the standard % to the whistle blower - probably a few people that wish they would have been the one to say something! The tests have zero clinical utility - I specifically recall one physician stating that the tests had no value in clinical decision making! Add to that the indiscriminate hiring and firing of sales reps who are given about 2 months to "Sell Something" or be fired and you get a pretty clear picture of what this company is all about. The only time that anyone should ever consider going to work there would be if you were out of work, desperate, and about to be thrown out on the street.

    Advice to Management

    I sincerely hope that you act on some of these reviews and get rid of the glorified secretary that you call a CBO and create some tests that have clinical utility. Frankly, I'm surprised that Pathway is still in business.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Is the General running the company now"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pathway Genomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pro was getting laid off in Feb. I just heard the CEO CBO CFO and two GCs are gone. Is the General running the company? How is the sales leader still there? He laid me off but yet accounting told us he has never received a commission because numbers are so poor.

    Cons

    Company was supposed to go public and didn't.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think you can give advice to someone if they don't exist. Maybe I can email the General.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "This place is terrible terrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pathway Genomics full-time

    Pros

    There are now good reasons to work for this company

    Cons

    They will fire people at the drop of a hat

    Advice to Management

    don't tell people things about billing process that are false


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