At Metabiota, Inc., 78 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 97 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.97. It was published on Sep 13, 2016. 1888 Visitors

What Employees Say

People here are willing to give extra to get the job done.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked Metabiota, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Metabiota is building a web-based platform that delivers actionable, data-driven analytics to help countries and corporations mitigate complex health issues. Metabiota’s insights are being used for everything from financing the risk associated with a health crisis to improving the performance and safety of the global food supply chain.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Other
US Headquarters: San Francisco, California US Sites: 2
Major Locations: Washington, District of Columbia; San Francisco, CA, California US Employees: 133
Employees Worldwide: 200 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 2008

Bring Your Dog to Work Day (Metabiota Dog Days)

Perks and Programs

We asked Metabiota, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Tuition Reimbursement Program- Cultivating Brightness: ‘Bright’ is one of the values listed in our culture statement, and thus it was only fitting to name our tuition reimbursement program, ‘Cultivating Brightness’. This program directly supports our vision of fostering innovative and creative minds as employees are reimbursed for expenses related to continued education and degree programs. Our annual support of up to $5250 provides employees with the opportunity to maintain or enhance current skills, or develop new skills and and competencies for career development purposes within the company.
  • Veterinarian Loan Repayment Assistance Program: In an effort to remain competitive with government-sponsored veterinary programs and attract and retain top talent, we introduced a Veterinarian Loan Repayment Assistance Program. Metabiota reimburses employees who have received their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from an accredited educational institution in the United States $1,000 every month for 5 years for a total of up to $60,000. DVMs assume a critical role within our organization and this helps to ease some of the burden of hefty school loans.
  • Commuter Stipend: Since most of our employees do not live in the cities where our offices are located, helping our employees travel to the office as easily and cost-effectively as possible is important to us. Our commuter program provides a monthly employer subsidy of $130 in the form of parking, transit or bike. Employees can supplement the company’s funds with their own pre-tax dollars with the added convenience of all funds being deposited into their accounts on the first of the month. We encourage our part-time employees to come and visit us in the office by issuing them a monthly $50 stipend. Teamwork and spontaneous white boarding sessions are common occurrences in the office, so we encourage this by facilitating a program to encourage more innovative ideas.
  • Social Program: Thirsty Thursday, Picnics, Ball Games: While socializing is something that comes natural with our open-office concept, we don’t just stop at that! Aside from our bi-monthly Thursday get-togethers at “Thirsty Thursday” where beer and wine (and the occasional margarita) is served, and “Metabiota Walk or Run Club” for afternoon exercise outdoors, we let the employees tell us what they want. Whether it’s an after lunch ice cream social, a roof top happy hour, or mid-day meditation, spontaneous team building events are common. In 2016 so far, we’ve celebrated The Lunar New Year with a Chinese luncheon, Earth Day with a terrarium making project, hosted our first annual Metabiota Family Picnic, and attended an afternoon Major League baseball game group outing. We have even more fun already planned for Fall and Winter!
  • No Label Performance Management: To emphasize our philosophy that performance conversations and the associated rewards should be feedback-oriented and centered around organizational impact, we do not believe in ratings or rankings. Our belief is that it is an employee AND employer-driven process that holds both accountable to action-oriented feedback and meaningful conversations without the distraction of ratings. Managerial discretion and gathering peer feedback throughout our matrix organization play pivotal roles in this process, with the underlying theme that transparency is key and performance discussions should not happen once a year. With a clearer link between performance and rewards, employee motivation soars.
  • Employee Communication Initiative- Metabiota Going Viral: With an international footprint of operations in over 30 countries, we ease some of the difficulties associated with communicating across the globe by utilizing our own private social network, ‘Metabiota Going Viral.’ It provides a mechanism for storing and communicating company announcements and events, training resources, onboarding documents, and a picture directory. The Executive Team posts monthly highlights to provide more visibility into the discussions and activities in which they participate in (including pictures from company events and of the newest members of the Metabiota family in their company onesies). Internal groups and departments are encouraged to build their own channels for sharing content, whether it’s a science article or white paper, or monthly newsletter.
  • Recognition – You Rock: Referred to as ‘FLASH CASH’ by our CEO, our recognition program provides the ability for managers to request bonuses for any employee in the organization, an important part of our teamwork-oriented culture. Recognition bonuses are requested in a timely fashion and delivered to employees (in private or in some cases in a public setting) following the completion of an important project, delighting the customer, or any other tasks that goes above and beyond normal job duties and responsibilities. Recognition Bonus amounts vary by activity up to $6000 USD and in the last 12 months we distributed 40 bonuses—over 20% of our employee population! ‘Metabiota Going Viral’ also houses ‘You Rock!’, our peer-to-peer Recognition Program, as it facilitates a way for employees to publicly recognize their co-workers for their contributions and successes.
  • Training – Build Brighter: Enhancing leadership effectiveness has been a continual focus as we grow rapidly and dive into new initiatives. As a way to provide a shared management platform and language to build on, we organize Situational Leadership training courses for all managers. To emphasize that it is a philosophy and tool that we will continue to practice, we held a ‘Situational Leadership Challenge’ earlier this year to encourage managers and their direct reports to re-familiarize themselves with the materials and terminology. For us, ‘Building Brighter’ encompasses Department and/or job specific training programs that are recommended by the employees themselves or management. Over 50% of the organization participated in development opportunities ranging from PMP certifications to python and R courses, targeted selection interview methodology and agile development training.


$43,329 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Data Analyst $108,848 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Project/Program Manager
5% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 5% of an employee's salary100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (all full time employees)
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (all full time employees)


  • 401(k)
  • Stock options to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Fitness classes
Metabiota at the ballpark- SF Giants Day 2016


25 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 3 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
15 days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment 3 days Paid sick days after one year of part-time employment


  • Telecommute option


    60 days Job-protected maternity leave20 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    55 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave
    20 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)20 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
    60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents20 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
    • Elder care resources


    • Medical care
    • Vision care
    • Mental health care
    • Dental care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


    • Flu shots
    • Subsidized offsite gym memberships


    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

    Celebrating Cinco de Mayo in DC


    Surf Lessons by our CSO at Metabiota Science Retreat 2016

    How to Get Hired

    We asked Metabiota, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    In addition to meeting the qualifications for education and work experience, we also believe that culture fit is especially important. We use our values as a blueprint to guide our way. We look for the following characteristics-  bright, driven, creative, customer-focused, teamwork oriented, entrepreneurial, pioneering and someone who is connected to the vision of the Company. 

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Show through past experiences that they can contribute positively to both the external value of the Company as well as internally to the culture. We are attracted to candidates that are able to articulate their successses in the face of challenges, as well as give examples of ways they personally contributed to building a positive culture for their colleagues.   

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    We are always hiring great talent in the areas of Engineering, Product Management, Computational Modeling, Data Analytics, Project Management, Epidemiology, Virology, Veterinary Science, Behavioral Anthropology, and Public Health. If you are interested and inspired to solve a really hard problem and contribute to a vision of "a world resilient to epidemics" we are eager to talk to you!

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Interested candidates should visit our website at to apply to any open positions which they are qualified. Candidates may also apply to "Future Consideration" if they do not find a current position that is a close match for their skills and experience. 

    hiring Outlook

    30 Job openings forecast for coming year 122% Job Growth
    43 Average applicants per opening 3,546 Applications received
    76 Positions filled in past year 72 New positions created
    6 Jobs filled by current employees 14 New graduates hired
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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