Verily Life Sciences Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2021

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3.2
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Verily Life Sciences Chief Executive Officer Andy Conrad
Andy Conrad
28 Ratings
Pros
  • "Google perks are definitely a plus(in 7 reviews)

  • "work life balance(in 3 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Some people joined Verily thinking they were joining Google(in 8 reviews)

  • "Lack of organization and work-life balance(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      No complaints

      Apr 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      - Work with VERY smart people, diverse portfolio of projects across multiple LOB's, great benefits and pay

      Cons

      None, I've had a very positive experience

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      A great place to work as a researcher/data scientist

      Mar 8, 2021 - Data Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - A strong research culture, where you're given a lot of freedom to self-direct scientific inquiry. - Lots of ability to get unique data via partnerships that you can't get anywhere else. - A lot of promise for actualizing healthcare interventions. Legal, wetlab, software infra, and data science all come together. - All the advantages of being an alphabet company: amazing infrastructure, access to alphabet offices, codesearch, tons of support for internal tools, tons of compute resources at your fingertips.

      Cons

      - some amount of organizational chaos. Never bothered me much, I always felt pretty well-supported on my projects. The faces of upper management changes a lot. - Projects are somewhat dependent on their market feasibility, and funding from partnerships. Verily will only support pure research for so long.

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Incredibly disappointing

      Jan 18, 2021 - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Compensation and Perks used to be good - still decent, but not the level of others in Alphabet. Some smart engineers and scientists still remain. Some links to the Google software infrastructure and training represent good growth opportunities for those whom the potential skill set is useful.

      Cons

      Management is a complete fiasco, limited responsibility for decisions and product vision. Consistent blame given to junior team members who were often not even aware of a specific decision until they are blamed. Obsession with chasing short term profits (e.g. C19) over fixing technical debt and supporting long term products to help differentiate the company from other health technology start ups. Well documented issues such as those articulated in Business Insider and Science press, for the later the CEO suggested that Verily's medical products do not require in-vivo testing, which is utterly laughable. Inability to accept that any outcome is not extremely good and pressure on junior ICs to not present any item that may suggest a product is not perfect. Leading to inability to build distinct useful products for their customers. Bizarre focus on partnership model often sold to partners on immature products - often under supported and poorly delivered. Promotion opportunities are extremely limited. Despite underlying google infrastructure somehow the faculties, strategy, legal, HR are all under supported and overworked.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Downplaying of issues from executives leads to employee frustration and attrition

      Jan 6, 2021 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Used to be more like Google. Andy used to be more forthcoming. Some teams are shielded better than others.

      Cons

      Verily’s projects are consistently understaffed and levels of stress reflect that. Verily calls themself a startup when it suits them (minimal resources, cutting benefits, work/life balance problems), and plays up the message that they come from Google when it suits them (any external messaging). Requests for transparency from leadership are met with answers that downplay the issues or outright say that there are no problems. Dissatisfaction and attrition from rank and file employees. The new COO seems like a good change, but it may be too little too late after years of C-levels telling us that the problems we see and experience daily don’t actually exist. Executives/middle-managers focus on denouncing leakers while ignoring the underlying problems within the company. Would not recommend as a place to work for those concerned with DEI. Too much reliance on promoting “the mission”. The mission should be used to motivate people, not be used as justification to guilt people when they question cost cutting. Promotions are very political.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Place to Learn and Grow

      Mar 28, 2021 - Software Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Talented Teammates Great Learning Experience Inspiring Product

      Cons

      Production Management has recently been subpar. The company had to go into high gear when Covid hit and we are right now cleaning up alot of the quickly done work.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Challenging, fast paced work environment

      Apr 4, 2021 - Product Analyst in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Exciting, interesting problems to solve, and great co-workers.

      Cons

      Workload can be overwhelming and CEO can be a bit brash

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Incompetent management leads to tragic waste of talent

      Apr 6, 2021 - Data Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Some teams seem very happy (namely SWEs). As an applicant, be sure you have thoroughly vetted your place in the company. There are brilliant, kind, and tight-knit groups of individuals here. Some departments are doomed, but the survivors have potential for interesting work. Alphabet connection will always allow recruitment of top talent in vacated roles (though some key roles are blocked by long-tenured employees). Although, this ability deteriorates as public reputation is tainted.

      Cons

      Absurdly stingy project budgets considering billions of $ in external funding and Alphabet backing. Comparisons to “being a startup” made by management are a complete joke (few if any have actually been at a startup), and strictly used to justify worsening treatment of employees (e.g. slowly cutting Google perks). No real plan for long-term business sustainability. Instead, a smorgasbord of scattered projects are pursued. All are underfunded/understaffed, all fail to deliver. This forces the company to chase short-term profits via a “partnership model” (read: outsourced work) which makes no sense as a long-term business strategy - and everyone knows it. Mass employee exodus on projects Baseline and Life Sciences (orgs most affected by C19); buyer beware. These roles are being backfilled, but the project infrastructure is rotten and role toxicities persist. Some mid/high level leadership roles are inexplicably filled by individuals with no record of accomplishment to speak of in industry. These people fail both as people managers and product visionaries; no real idea how to manage or execute. Instead, this responsibility is hoisted onto even more junior employees, who bear all the accountability for decisions. Leadership later swoops in to throw them under the bus, or reap rewards - depending on outcome. To add fuel to the fire, there appear to be no consequences for poor management as the manager feedback surveys do not affect their performance ratings. Promotion moves at a glacial pace, even at the lowest levels. Other career dev is basically zero. Strong, widespread feelings of career suppression from above - though unclear if this is a systemic or manager-specific concern. Cumulative result: toxic, hierarchal work culture built on fear that dramatically departs from Google egalitarianism & transparency.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Better than many reviews make it sound like

      Feb 13, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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      Pros

      Great management, culture, and job stability. I haven’t been to the offices yet, so no comments on that. I suspect a lot of the negative reviews come from ex googlers, where the standards are extremely high. This might not be google level, but it’s a wonderful place to work.

      Cons

      Understaffed (but hiring). Work life balance. Strategy a bit messy as we take on new things frequently.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Exciting place to work

      Mar 19, 2021 - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Fixing healthcare is challenging and super impact full - Very talented colleagues - Startup culture under the safety net of Alphabet

      Cons

      - its a startup so if you like big company culture, you may not fit in

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    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Average Pay, Terrible Culture

      Apr 9, 2021 - TPM 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Alphabet Perks, No Other Pros

      Cons

      Blame Culture Rampant. Highly Political. Ineffective at managing partnerships. Challenging career growth. All of which result in poor execution as evidenced by the companies success rate as well as the high turn-over rate of barely a couple of years (many cases shorter).

      4 people found this review helpful
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