Employees at Genomics collaborate extensively through various avenues, fostering a culture of shared problem-solving and best practice. At Genomics, one impressive way our employees come together is through internal clubs, such as the Science Journal and Software Club. These clubs provide regular opportunities for employees to meet as peers, discuss, debate, and challenge each other, ensuring they stay ahead of industry trends and the latest thinking. Additionally, Genomics provides a range of collaboration tools, including Slack, Jira, and Gather Town, enabling seamless virtual collaboration across teams and departments. Through these initiatives, Genomics empowers its employees to collaborate effectively, share ideas, and work together towards shared goals.
Genomics employees exude unwavering optimism for the future, as evidenced by the outstanding results of our recent engagement survey, with 'company confidence' emerging as the highest-rated section. Their unyielding faith in our company's vision and transformative journey is remarkable. Furthermore, our successful expansion into the US market and signing of a significant enterprise commercial contract have served as catalysts, magnifying this sense of positivity. These remarkable milestones have bolstered morale and ignited an unparalleled excitement for the promising road ahead.
Genomics fosters respect and inclusivity by empowering all employees to have a voice and challenge decisions. Our leadership team welcomes feedback and encourages open communication. We provide an anonymous postbox for employees to share thoughts and concerns. Additional engagement opportunities include open-door sessions with the CEO, random 1-1 coffee chats, lunches with the Executive Leadership Team, and Team Spotlight sessions. We conduct employee surveys throughout the lifecycle, including onboarding, probation, and offboarding, to gather valuable feedback. We prioritise all voices and ideas to create a culture where everyone feels valued and respected.
We support our employees in achieving their professional and personal goals through a comprehensive range of initiatives. Our training and development programmes offer tools like Blinkist and Pluralsight and skill-focused programmes to enhance job performance and efficiency. Notably, our management development course, Leadership Lab, equips all line managers with the necessary skills to lead their teams effectively. Additionally, most of our Genomics employees have individualised development plans that identify areas for improvement and growth, ensuring personalised support and continuous professional development. These initiatives exemplify our commitment to empowering employees to reach their full potential.
Our external company values are to work with integrity and eliminate data inequalities. Despite these values being customer-facing (not employee) they still permeate through Genomics, resonating with our employees in multiple ways. Firstly, we attract top talent, allowing us to work with a world-class team of scientists engaged in innovative and groundbreaking science. Our outstanding pedigree is reflected in the fact that nearly 50% of our employees hold a PhD, and we have leaders from diverse commercial organisations globally. Furthermore, our commitment to diversity is evident, with 42% of our female workforce surpassing the tech industry average of 28%. We actively support inclusion through programmes like #10000BlackInterns and our All-In Club.
At Genomics, we prioritise creating a Loved Workplace by implementing various programmes and practices. We have an internal group called the All-In Club, which focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). They organise monthly events, share resources, and monitor diversity within the company. Additionally, we host board games nights where even our CEO joins in, and we have various clubs ranging from book clubs to software clubs. For new employees, we offer the Buddy Blender programme to facilitate connections. Furthermore, we encourage employees to join Slack groups that cover a wide range of hobbies, from gardening to running, fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.
Our CEO, Peter Donnelly, embodies the values of Genomics and serves as a role model in several ways. Not only is he a highly esteemed professor, but he has also been honoured with a knighthood in 2019. Despite his accomplishments, Peter maintains a low ego and genuine demeanour, and his grateful nature resonates throughout the company. People often comment on the kindness and niceness of our company culture, with Peter playing a significant role in fostering this atmosphere. Moreover, he actively champions diversity and supports our commitment to inclusivity, recognising the importance of maintaining these values as we grow.
We are proud to provide our employees with a range of unique benefits, bonuses, and compensation. These include the "Bank your Bank Holiday" policy, allowing employees to trade public holidays for culturally or religiously significant occasions like Eid or Thanksgiving. Our competitive cash and equity compensation packages are regularly benchmarked externally. We offer a comprehensive life assurance policy covering employees over a certain age, inclusive healthcare with coverage for pre-existing conditions and mental health, and critical illness cover with extended sick pay at the full rate. Employees enjoy full family health insurance coverage in the UK without excess. Share options are also available to foster a sense of ownership. Additionally, the company shuts down over Christmas to provide time off for employees.
Spun out of the University of Oxford in 2014, Genomics plc now employs over 100 people in the UK and the US, and leads the world in understanding the genetic components of common diseases and disease risk. It embeds the power of genomics in its products and solutions, which can transform every aspect of healthcare, from drug discovery to clinical trial design, from disease prevention to screening and early diagnosis, and from treatment selection for fully personalised care to population health.
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