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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley
Jay Flatley
4 Ratings

Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 15 reviews)

  • Illumina hires very highly educated smart people, nowhere in one place I have seen so many Phds people working together at the same time (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people (in 19 reviews)

  • 72 hours a week or so and no work life balance is requested of you as standard operating procedure (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Dysfunctional and Proud of It!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice campus, iCafe, company parties are fun, stock is going up, some nice people

    Cons

    If you love working then this is the place for you because you'll be here morning, noon, and night. La Jolla in the dark will become a very familiar sight. It's not just the aggressive schedules that will keep you at work. A good part of the work will be created by the overall lack of planning of the projects that you'll work on. This is kind of amazing since Illumina is filled to rafters with middle managers. I guess they spend so much time falling over each other that they don't have time to manage anything. The cherry on top of all of this is that your hard work is unlikely to be rewarded. Illumina makes no bones about the fact that it will not give internal candidates preference in hiring for open positions. It's quite frustrating to see external job postings for positions that you (and likely many of your colleagues) are qualified for. The best strategy for advancement at Illumina is to do good work, leave for a few years, and then come back at a higher level.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Not great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cafeteria, RSU (stock), company is doing very well

    Cons

    Schedules are unrealistic, work/life balance suffers greatly, bloated middle management that slows everything down, lots of silos, and a growing number of people who don't seem to have a clear function in the organization

    Advice to Management

    Illumina should be one of the best places in San Diego to work. It's not.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Weird

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Support Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Support Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Asses are running the company into the ground. It will be a $ 25 stock until it goes under

    Advice to Management

    Get someone who knows how to run a business


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Horrible management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Applications Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Field Applications Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Name brand recognition. Geographically small territories. Pay is competitive.

    Cons

    Extremely political. Lots of blame game, while not supporting field employees. No trust in employees by management. Promotion only happens for older pre-sequencing employees, regardless of performance. Customers also feel alienated by rapid product changes.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the support management. Theyve created a toxic environment.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Dreadful experience due to management.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is good, don't know about benefits

    Cons

    Heavy Micro Management. To many levels of supervisors, managers, directors. Terrible employee onboarding.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Long journey

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Young culture, can be fun, lots of potential, on site gym, cafeteria, nice amenities

    Cons

    No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Most management are nice and have good intentions. Planning dept needs to get their act together


  8. Helpful (4)

    Worst...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior FSE
    Current Employee - Senior FSE

    I have been working at Illumina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent technology Leader on the market

    Cons

    -very toxic environment !!!!!!!!! -no salary reviews( if ou don't count 1-2%) -lower management needs improvement immediately

    Advice to Management

    -read employee's reviews



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