Affymetrix Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
65 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance is heavily encouraged and promoted through PTO and Affy holidays (in 5 reviews)

  • Work environment with colleagues in same business group is great (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad and ineffective Senior Management (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management needed a refresh (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Less of work-life balance, worked weekends when deadlines due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being supportive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company needs to consistently deliver on financial goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Making moves in the right direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with at Affymetrix. I have seen very little in fighting/politics. This makes it a very pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the company. Lots of good talent isn't retained and has left because of lack of career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to grow your younger talent in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A satisfying place to work where balancing personal and professional was easy.

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, and culture.

    Cons

    Upper management needed a refresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of talk about process at a high level, but not much in place to make sure processes are followed or understood at a low level.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Frantic Work Pace

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

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Good products and interesting work environment. Very bright people. Great benefits and good salaries. Good sized company (1100 employees world-wide) and ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Very much a "hurry up and wait" culture with tinges of bullying throughout the organization, especially in Human Resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to employee surveys and follow-up on feedback immediately if inappropriate behavior and bullying is reported in any area.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A great place to work with great people however company is struggling to gain market share

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    People, benefits, flexiblity, managers, exciting work, lunch program, work from home option

    Cons

    Stock price, lack of market share growth, pay could be a little better, too many opinions from mid-upper management can slow processes,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on inovation rather than continue to market struggling products. Make sure products come to market after comprehensive quality control.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but needs improvement!

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    -Good benefits for a mid-size company.
    -Hard working and talented people, culturally diverse.
    -Fair spot bonus/ recognition program.
    -Great seminar program.
    -Provides a fair work-life balance.
    -Nice in house lunch program.

    Cons

    -Great technology that needs updating.
    -Aggressive time lines in product development.
    -Need rigorous in house product testing before introducing to customers.
    -Too many managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Unbalanced structure- too many managers for the number of people who work hands on.
    -Insecurity about future is making many good people leave, management needs to be more honest about company's direction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great place to make a difference in a growing scientific field

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

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Great products and some very dedicated people

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on 'face time'

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    software developer

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    1. nice people
    2. good management
    3. vacation 4 weeks per yr

    Cons

    1. salary no increase for three yrs
    2. no 401k
    3. no sick day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many VP

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and trying to be a great company.

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    Former Employee - Staff Systems Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Leading edge technology and R&D projects. If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be. Exciting and challenging projects. Great support on publishing papers in leading journals and in generating patents. Numerous internal seminars and presentations about new applications and technologies. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be - if you are not, you sometimes get treated like a second class employee. Company structure is top heavy. There are a few groups who have 90% VPs, Directors and Managers. There are people who think or act as though Affymetrix is an 'Ivory Tower'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the petty politics and kingdom building. Focus on the fact that Affymetrix is a 'for profit' corporation. Remember that scientists are great for generating new ideas but usually poor decision makers for management or business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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