Affymetrix

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Affymetrix Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
58 Reviews
3.7
58 Reviews
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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.  

    A good, but too-short experience

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    • 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 an 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.

  2.  

    OK to work at.

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    • 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
  3.  

    Life at Affy

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    • 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 an 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
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  5.  

    Too many vps, turn around too slow

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    • 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
  6.  

    Being Stable Attitude

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    • 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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    The best of times and the worst of times

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    It's about the profitability!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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