Affymetrix

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Affymetrix Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
58 Reviews
3.5
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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Affy provides good work life balance and the people are great to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • I get to work with a lot of smart people, they provide good benefits and the salary is competitive (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad and ineffective Senior Management (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management needed a refresh (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company is okay - some growth in maturity required.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good technology. Leadership wants to regain the company's proper place in the market. Compensation is fair - probably the industry average. Weak areas identified and efforts are appropriately placed.

    Cons

    While the top leadership is capable, some of the middle level management engages in distracting politics and silo fights. If they got behind one another and supported other groups' efforts, it would be a much better place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in attention to employees. Keep them happy and they will deliver on the loads of work you've burdened them with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Nov 4, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Your opinion matters to us. Thank you for your review.

  2.  

    A good, but too-short experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good money for a contract gig, good people to work with, lots of freedom to improve things, within limits. I'd recommend it.

    Cons

    The usual corporate nonsense, unrealistic deadlines, lousy content, no respect for worker bees on the part of senior management, no money to make things actually good, just "good enough," which was almost never good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the skin-flintyness, spend the money to keep people from extreme burnout, be realistic, abandon the agile/scrum development concept.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for your comments and taking the time to write this review. The leadership team will find your comments helpful to better improve Affy.

  3.  

    Documentation Project Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Documentation Specialist in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Documentation Specialist in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working on the genomics research cutting edge. I was a vital contributing member of the GUI development team for the Exon Array Computational Tool (ExACT) for analysis project-enhancement by a specific audience of Ph.D. genetics and bioinformatics research biologists. The hourly rate paid as a contractor was however a career zenith for me. Employees paid $3 for $8-12 because lunches of the very shady Oakland border location (I was warned to not allow my vehicle to remain in the employee lot after dark.)

    Cons

    I worked for an acquired company satellite division in Emeryville underpowered from the Santa Clara headquarters where preapprovals were required before proceeding, and where Scientific Technical Writers and other personnel were uncooperative. Affymetrix has a strict policy of an undergraduate microbiology degree at least to become a Scientific Technical Writer so despite my Master's degree in another area & 20+ years of experience promises to the contrary of being brought on permanently went unfulfilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow the pyramid of Directors, VPs, and upper management in general.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK to work at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Affymetrix facilitates employee work environment by being flexible, providing breakfast, lunch and fitness contribution.

    Cons

    Strong leadership with clear direction, low new product pipeline and employee growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    it is ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst
    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good first job from college

    Cons

    Multiple missteps by the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Improving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, nice co-workers, change in direction and new product focus is encouraging. Flexible hours and work life balance are excellent

    Cons

    Advancement from junior to senior science positions is tough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Life at Affy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for impacting business
    Sr. leadership is looking for new ideas and willing to listen

    Cons

    Infrastructure is prohibitive to getting things done fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Affymetrix needs help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, people, location, and interesting work.

    Cons

    Down sizing, management still can't get it right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Too many vps, turn around too slow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Technology and field are wonderful.
    Old Gaurd at company are creative and a joy to work with.
    Launching products is fun.

    Cons

    Company gets in the way of its own success.
    Terrible growth opportunities.
    Poor reputation in industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a fundamental lack of understanding on basic economic drivers at the company. If they understood the economics of their business, they would be able to lower cogs, allocate resources better and be more competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Being Stable Attitude

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Very unique technology and ample applications
    Skillful, Talented and Experienced resources/employees
    Good and friendly working environment
    Comparative salaries and facilities (considering Mid size company)

    Cons

    Beside having a talented resources not able to coverage in growth of business.
    Unbalanced organization infrastructure, Too many managers and upper level executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much focus on the Product development and lacking far behind in other functional area. Need DNA attitude (Daring, Passionate and Platinum) in other area for balancing/optimizing things.
    Need fresh/new resources who can think out side the box..

    No opinion of CEO

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