Illumina Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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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. Good career, have to work for it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Great recognition, with good benefits and beautiful company.

    Cons

    Definitely had to work hard, long hours to get this.


  2. Hologic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Good work life balance, ok benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    Too many leadership changes, poor long term planning, salary not that high


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great people and benefits

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Web Designer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great culture with smart, easy-going people. Company has incredible potential with lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    main campus is getting tight.

    Advice to Management

    We need more cafeteria room


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  5. Helpful (1)

    fast paced environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of great people you can learn from here.

    Cons

    You need to learn work life balance or you will be burnt out.!


  6. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced Research Group Pros:
    Cutting edge next generation sequencing research
    Work environment is relaxed relative to company
    Fantastic People & Talent
    Motivated and visionary director

    Cons

    Advanced Research group Cons:
    Underpaid employees relative to the company standard
    Too many contract employees for too long
    Don't see many women in senior positions
    No positive reinforcement
    Employee Retention is poor


  7. Helpful (1)

    Job culture

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    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    Pros

    Great company , very busy, good benefits.

    Cons

    No work,life balance all .good place if you don't mind working 14 hour plus days.


  8. Moving very fast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Illumina has a great and profitable business.

    Cons

    They are moving so fast that they can't keep up will all the great market opportunities that they want be players in.


  9. Helpful (4)

    keep up or drop out

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate I in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly fast paced company, which is to be expected of a new world leader in a specific field. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. People here are extremely friendly though and love to cross train.

    Cons

    Expect a lot of you... Sometimes too much out of you. You're going to work your butt off and your manager will think it's normal.

    Advice to Management

    Notice how hard work is for the lower level employees. Don't just throw a weeks work in our face and expect results tomorrow.


  10. Great company!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome team. The products are doing really well in the market.

    Cons

    Pathetic senior management, Hayward doesn't get its due!!

    Advice to Management

    The company is doing so well - there's no reason to make employee's life miserable by creating so much stress (stretch targets)


  11. Fast Paced, great Culture!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The team is young and energetic, open culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work hours can be long



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