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An Interesting Referral Incentive

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based sequence storage and analysis firm DNAnexus is using an unusual employee referral program to recruit new software engineers. Through August 31, the company is soliciting referrals for candidates to build up its engineering team. "If you refer us a software engineer and we hire them, you'll get $20,000 and your full genome sequenced," DNAnexus says, adding that "if multiple people refer the same person, only the first referral counts." Of course, there are some stipulations. The company requires employees recruited as a result of winning referrals remain employed there for three months, after which time the bonus is payable, it says. Among other things, DNAnexus adds that the genome sequencing portion is optional. "We will not store or process your data unless you choose to," it says. Full details of DNAnexus' recruitment promotion appear here.

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