Affymetrix Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Exciting time to see the company re-generate itself and come to life-- a great opportunity to make a difference!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Considerate, extremely dedicated, down-to-Earth and brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like Affymetrix doesn't get the recognition it deserves... but we're getting there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've been doing the past 1-2 years.

    Affymetrix Response

    Apr 6, 2015Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition and HRBP

    Great, thank you for your positive response!

  2. Affymetrix has done an excellent job of turning itself around!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work/life balance is great. The people are engaged, bright, curious , and fun to work with. Even though Affymetrix is a medium-sized company, the opportunities for career growth and development are plentiful.

    Cons

    There are a lot of highly motivated employees and a lot of work to get done; therefore, sometimes enough time isn't spent on simplifying processes, leading to lots of time spent on unnecessary tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you're doing. Keep your employees engaged and motivated by asking for their feedback and following through on action items.

  3. Great place to work!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Affymetrix has a very dedicated Executive team who value work/life balance and career opportunities for its employees.
    I have been here for almost eight years and have experienced the roller coaster ride and I finally feel like it has stabilized and I am proude to be a part of this great company.

    Cons

    Please bring back the Friday donuts/bagels.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

    Affymetrix Response

    Apr 8, 2015Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition and HRBP

    We are happy that you are an Affymetrix employee, thank you for your positive outlook!

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  5. Great company with a great turnaround story

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great executive leadership team who is leading the company towards sustained growth and positive outlook. Great, smart employees. Stock price has grown 30% since calendar year-end 2014.

    Cons

    The company went through tougher times up until 2013, but has definitely recovered.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Continue the cadence of accountability and onward to a great Phase III of the strategic transformation.

    Affymetrix Response

    Apr 8, 2015Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition and HRBP

    We are very excited about this phase in our turnaround; thank you for all of your hard work in helping to make this happen!

  6. Great company to work for, even when the company was going through it's growing pains.

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    Former Contractor - Library Technical Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Library Technical Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are always ways to proof yourself. Individual Managers are great in parsing out workloads.

    Cons

    Like any other company, have to make the most of a roller-coaster economy, which means being lean and mean.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more, they do make a difference.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 31, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Here at Affy we feel that it's very valuable to be able to hear from our employees. It's nice to see that employees are able to voice their opinions here on Glassdoor. This will allow us to better ... More

  7. Increasingly Exciting Atmosphere

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees are devoted and determined to the mission of the company resulting in a very positive work atmosphere. Employees are engaged with plenty of company functions. The benefits are very good as well.

    Cons

    Miscommunication between departments will cause the departments to run in two different directions only to find out progress made is not compatible.

  8. Very rewarding!

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    Current Employee - Administration
    Current Employee - Administration

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In my opinion, the employees and the leaders.

    Cons

    Nothing, everything seems to be very fair.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 29, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    We would not be where we are today without the help of our dedicated employees. Thanks for taking the time to post a comment on our profile page.

  9. Great place to work, and help make a better world!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've been an Affy employee for 4 years, and am happy to be part of a company that is making a difference in the world in so many ways. I enjoy being with my friendly, down-to-earth, hard-working and very smart co-workers. Our CEO, Frank Witney, has done an amazing job of turning around the company; and he's also a genuine, caring, and extremely conscientious leader. There is a lot of opportunity ahead for Affymetrix, and for employees who are willing to make the extra effort.

    Cons

    Affymetrix went through some hard times, and is making huge progress. Sometimes, employees need just a little more patience, and realize that we still have to keep watching the bottom line. Like every company I've ever worked in, we need to keep focusing on simplifying processes, and finding ways to keep the workload manageable while getting the best productivity we can.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating openly -- even if there is unpleasant news. Keep caring -- it shows that you are now better aligned and working together to help the company succeed.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 9, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear that you are having a positive experience here at Affymetrix.

  10. Global family moving in the right direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Affymetrix Sales
    Current Employee - Affymetrix Sales

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As a sales rep the hands off management style let's me work like I have my own business. I make my own schedule, target accounts and hit my number. I sell products that are changing how medical decisions are made-directly improving the life of patients. That's job satisfaction. It's not all about the money.
    Affy is a small global company competing with much larger companies. As such, I interact with people all over the world on a daily basis. Even though we have hundred of employees, the CEO, VP, Software Engineers, Product Managers, Sales Reps, and Support staff know me and I know them. We really are like a giant family. Some cousins you hate, but most everyone you love.

    Cons

    Over the past couple of years, the management team has been tasked with righting a listing ship and getting it back up and powering through the waters. This meant they had to streamline and focus on what is most important. This meant letting go of some talented people, but also some fat. Those of us left are doing more with less, but doing it much better.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the goal to keep moving forward and keeping it lean. More upper management is NOT the answer. Put resources into R&D.

  11. An excellent place to work with talented, bright people striving to make the world a better place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Dedicated to employee growth and a good work-life balance. Great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    A pioneer in the industry has struggled against its own demons over the last couple years.

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