Illumina Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great innovative company with fast-paced culture and lots of growth potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting company vision that benefits human health. Illumina's solutions might be instrumental in curing cancer and other diseases. Dynamic culture with intelligent and high-energy workforce. Challenging assignments and career opportunities. Lots of growth potential. Strong financial rewards (e.g., RSUs). Stock is up 100% in past year. 2014 annual bonus paid at 150% of target.

    Cons

    Building this company into a great organization - and sustaining that growth - is hard work and it requires long hours and personal sacrifices, but the benefits are there for those who commit. Unfortunately, some people view this place as just another job rather than perhaps the most meaningful work they will ever do professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Drive operational decision-making down further in the organization. Still too much is centrally controlled by a small group of execs. This makes sense for strategy but not as much for operations.

  2. competitive salary and nice environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very competitive salary and benefit since the stock is coming up so quickly.

    Cons

    frequent reorganization make it hard to get to the next level

  3. Helpful (2)

    Hope to retire here

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting, impactful, interesting, challenging, rewarding, growth

    Cons

    Stressful, bureaucratic, political, growth, overwhelming

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company producing great products

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    Pros

    Very smart and driven employees. Great senior leadership

    Cons

    Long hours and poor work life balance

  6. On the rise!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    Pros

    30% Growth Year over Year

    Cons

    Growing corporate-like culture at Illumina

  7. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic high growth company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Illumina is experiencing tremendous growth. Coworkers are very supportive and flexible. There is a sincere interest to change the world of medicine. The campus is beautiful and there is a lot of energy around the campus.

    Cons

    No issues or challenges to report. The company is solid overall. They just need watch after their culture and retain talent.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward and as you grow resist the desire to become a slow large machine. Maintain the great culture and values you have. Remain independent and invest in innovation

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great IAspire internship experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    IAspire internship experience gives me a good opportunity to look inside the company, know illumina's culture and pruducts, work with many smart people. The program have a few activities such as talking with senior leader, strength finder, Mock interview, outreach activity which are all well designed for us. I highly recommend the IAspire internship program.

    Cons

    Not a con, but a hard thing is the pace here is really really fast. Every one is very busy every day, you need to have a good adaptbility skill as well as good communication and team working skill to "survive" at illumina, which is a "beneficial challenge" to students.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Recent new hire, enviable onboarding process & great company culture

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    From the moment I first made contact with Illumina, I have been greatly impressed with the company's ability to deliver... the hiring process was straightforward and streamlined, the Talent Acquisition team expertly managed and communicated important details from start to finish. This is very much a company of the future, and Illumina seems to doing everything it can to stay in the lead.

    Cons

    Illumina has enjoyed tremendous success in the past few years and is experiencing rapid growth and transformation as it builds its organization and operations to scale for continued expansion. Things are changing quickly and deeply, this is probably not the best place for those seeking permanence. But for the rest of us, thougm this is an exciting place to be at the moment.

  10. Helpful (1)

    iAspire Intern Program - QA Intern

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    Former Intern - QA Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - QA Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The culture at Illumina is incredible. Everyone I met during my three months with the company is incredibly driven and intelligent and very willing to lend a hand and teach you about what they do. As an intern, you will have a major project, but otherwise you can enjoy all the perks the full-time employees get, like gym access and fitness classes (highly recommended; nothing beats coming back to work cleansed after a yoga class!). But the intern program provides even more; different workshops, strengths finder, the ability to meet and talk with senior leaders at Illumina, and otherwise quite a bit of exposure. I had the opportunity to present to the VP of my division, as did my friend in marketing. Illumina cares deeply about it's interns, and it really is an incredibly valuable experience. And outside the internship program, the company is very unique. I'm hoping to get hired after I finish gradate school because Illumina is such a open, innovative, and creative company, and I truly believe the next-gen technology is the future of personalized medicine.

    Cons

    As an intern, particularly at the beginning, I was very overwhelmed. Everyone works very hard at Illumina, so prepare to do so as well. The learning curve is pretty steep, particularly if you are not very familiar with next-gen sequencing or the operations of the department you will be working for. I was very new to QA, so the first weeks were very tough, but with some persistence, you get a feeling for it. Another con is that during the summer, a lot of full-timers go on vacations, so a lot of your coworkers may be in and out, which can be frustrating.

  11. iAspire Intern 2014

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Illumina as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Illumina is an excellent company with a genuine drive to be on the forefront of clinical genomics. My internship program was an immensely useful and productive learning experience. The teams work fast-paced, interns and full time employees both work closely together and receive immediate feedback. The HR team is extremely friendly, easily approachable and as new interns, I was systematically reviewed for feedback during each step of our internship program. The highlight of the iAspire Program is the highly supportive HR team which organized multiple career-development related workshops that were relevant and highly useful. I greatly enjoyed this first industry experience and would gladly recommend this internship program and Illumina for all future employees.

    Cons

    It will be great to have more opportunities to meet senior leaders in your departments. We usually worked closely with/amongst our own teams, with minimal interaction with heads/members of other teams.

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