Illumina

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3.0 127 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley

Jay Flatley

(93 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great(in 11 reviews)

  • cutting-edge research organisation, very nice work culture with decent socialising events for employees(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The worst middle management I've ever had in my professional career, the work life balance(in 18 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic(in 5 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, but needs improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsYou will work with energetic, friendly and very, very smart people. You will market products that are advancing scientific research in amazing ways. You will be empowered and supported should you wish to learn more about your trade.

    ConsVery hectic work atmosphere where working long hours are necessary, with not a lot of down time in between projects. Not a lot of opportunity for upward mobility.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide clear paths for the smart people you hire to advance in their career. Hire more staff to support the workload so the dedicated workers you hire do not get burned out.

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    It depends on where you work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsAt Illumina, you will work with and be one of many smart people advancing science and medicine. At the end of the day, that feels great.

    ConsAs with any environment, office politics can be tough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more flexible -- consider telecommuting, flextime, and other work/life balance programs.

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    If the company had any respect for my profession, I'd love to work there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsInteresting technology, great business "space" to be in
    Lots of smart people as worker-bees
    Awesome campus
    good place for someone who in the scientific part of the biz

    ConsMy comments mirror many of the others....this company spends its money on the people who are developing the technology - the chemical, genetic end of the house is difficult to staff, and Illumiina works hard to find and attract talent to that area
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    the rest of the business suffers as a result. Business process infrastructure and systems are old; documentation is bloated, poorly managed, delivery of information is neither nimble nor scaleable. Current systems - like SalesForce - are so poorly implemented their use is avoided. Software is old and cobbled. There is little project managment (ya know, a schedule, critical path, risks, a goal..?), and I was a little amazed at the arrogance of some people who insist on ignoring best practices..

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis place needs a PMO office yesterday. Perhaps its acquistion by Roche will help push it into reality. My other advice would be to reconsider the grandfathered position bestowed on staff. The place uses a lot of contract workers. Good contract talent seems to be sacraficed and less productive staff remains. Bad for long-term health of the org. (See: teacher's union; tenure).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    cutting edge technology with a meaningful impact on society

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat location in San Diego. Brand new campus with good facilities. Comfortable working hours and good company culture.

    ConsNot much vertical movement within the company. Often times people are brought in from the outside instead of promoting people from inside.

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

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    (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat team to work with.

    ConsClosed down great team without good reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    pleasant -

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prospromotes work life balance, open communication

    ConsHR can be less impartial and listen to what the ground wants - don't just focus on management

    Advice to Senior ManagementDuring performance review of the managers, should also seek comments from the subordinates. Some managers are seriously slack - they are lucky they have good staff to cover their rears!

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    Loosing talent

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat to work for number one in the Next Gen space

    ConsRecent layoffs combined with rapid stock decline has affected all aspects of the company. Moral is at bottom and many people are leaving and or contemplating doing so (outside those layed off). The direction of the company is very uncertain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck getting moral back. Illumina will never be the same.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Illumina Cutting Edge BioScience, but average pay.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIllumina is Cutting Edge Bioscience. There is no competition - probably a bad thing for the customer.

    ConsExecutive management does poor job of communicating direction and vision. Illumina has lost that start-up feeling and is becoming like every other big company

    Advice to Senior ManagementTime for Jay to move on. Replace executive management

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