Affymetrix Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
55 Reviews
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55 Reviews
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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 Great Place to Work

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Affy provides good work life balance and the people are great to work with. The company is helping employees better understand how we are making a difference in the world. Hence "Biology for a better world".

    Cons

    Not all of us are technical. So sometimes the presentations that are shown during the town hall are complex and hard to understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the presentations that you show. Not all of us are scientist, but we all are interested in what you have to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for your review and feedback. The leadership team is continuously working on ensuring that our message is understood across our employee base. As an alumni, it's great to see that you are ... More

  2.  

    I enjoy coming to work every day

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

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

    Pros

    Affy allows us to understand what we do and why we do it. I get to work with a lot of smart people, they provide good benefits and the salary is competitive. The culture here is very collaborative and offers opportunities in all different areas of the company.

    Cons

    Processes can some time be too lengthy and there may be more meetings than what is really required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to help employees understand how they are contributing to the big picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 9, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    I appreciate that you took the time to share your feedback. It's great to have your comments in mind as we continue to improve the experience for employees here at Affymetrix. Thank you!

  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (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

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for being supportive as well.

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  5.  

    Good place

    • 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 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
  6.  

    Making moves in the right direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  7.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Frantic Work Pace

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    • 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

    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
  9.  

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

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    • 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

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but needs improvement!

    • 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

    -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
  11.  

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

    • 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

    Great products and some very dedicated people

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on 'face time'

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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