Affymetrix
3.1 of 5 42 reviews
www.affymetrix.com Santa Clara, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Affymetrix Reviews

Updated Jan 28, 2014
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73% Approve of the CEO

Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney

Frank Whitney

(11 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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OK to work at.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Affymetrix full-time for more than 8 years

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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it is ok

QC Lab Analyst (Former Employee)

I worked at Affymetrix full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood first job from college

ConsMultiple missteps by the management

Advice to Senior Managementnone

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Improving

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

ConsAdvancement from junior to senior science positions is tough

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Life at Affy

Senior Product Manager (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

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

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

ConsInfrastructure is prohibitive to getting things done fast

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Affymetrix needs help

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Affymetrix full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood benefits, people, location, and interesting work.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Too many vps, turn around too slow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Affymetrix

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementThere 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Being Stable Attitude

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Affymetrix

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementToo 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..

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The best of times and the worst of times

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Affymetrix

ProsAffy really has a fantastic technology, and some of the people developing it are the best and brightest people with whom you will ever work.

ConsThe management at Affy always felt that profitability was a side effect of doing the most cutting edge science. As a result, strategy was driven by a small customer pool of leading edge scientists, instead of understanding the complete market.

Additionally, the strength of the IP, led the company to assume a serious competitor would not emerge. Though it's MBA 101 that if you create a lucrative market, others will invade the space. It was only a matter of time before some company (Illumina) figured out a technology that could meet the same customer needs as the GeneChip.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's about the profitability!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Working at Affy.

Scientist (Former Employee)

I worked at Affymetrix

ProsGood self development if manager allows for it.
Good salary.
Most people are wonderful to work with...it's those few toxic personalities, and they've been there forever!!!

ConsPoor marketing and communication. Poor leadership...

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is poor-too many layers of management. Some middle managers are selfish and upper managment is blind about it. Company thinks strategies that workd 10 years ago is still successful in today's market....not true. Company doesn't seem to know where the future lies.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Affymetrix is a grea place to get a roladex

Affymetrix Sales (Current Employee)

I have been working at Affymetrix

ProsGetting connections to customer
Average salary

ConsManagers are good/fine Senior Managers are horrible

Advice to Senior ManagementDont acquire what you cant sell/support as wellas or better than the chip business.

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