Illumina
3.0 of 5 115 reviews
www.illumina.com San Diego, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Illumina Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.0 115 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley

Jay Flatley

(83 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great, Till I was laid off

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Illumina

ProsGreat people, good money, poor management

ConsLong days and short nights

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Innovative Technologies

Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

Proscan grow fast, plenty of opportunities to learn new technologies

ConsHayward facility is not good compare to San Diego

Advice to Senior Managementexcellent work

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fast paced and making a difference

Scientist I (Current Employee)
La Jolla, CA

I have been working at Illumina full-time for less than a year

ProsThe people I work with are amazing. Incredibly supportive and brilliant. One of the reasons I enjoy my work so much is because I really enjoy the group of people I interact with on a daily basis.

ConsMany of the projects appear very under resourced. It appears that it is very hard to advance within the company. Illumina hires outsiders instead of promoting within.

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

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Genotherapy (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat Pay, Friendly stuff, Beautiful work environment

ConsNothing yt is has been a great experience

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

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Fast paced, positive environment. Everyone is excited bc the co. is #1 and no competitor is close in the market

Research Associate (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina as a contractor for more than a year

ProsFast, innovative, rewarding, positive, and advanced environment

ConsThat the new gym and amphitheater are not built yet ;)

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

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This industry leader in Next-Gen Sequencing provides fast-paced, high impact, career challenges

Senior Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)
Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

ProsCulture of innovation
Open communication channels
Industry leading products
Products being used to improve human health
Strong R&D pipeline

ConsPace of change and rapid introduction of new products can make "keeping up" quite challenging

Advice to Senior ManagementDo less hiring from outside and more internal promotions

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

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Welcoming

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
La Jolla, CA

I have been working at Illumina as a contractor for less than a year

ProsThe people here are super helpful. As a younger employee the everyone wanted to teach me somthing new.

ConsThere is nothing bad I can say

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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One of the best companies to work for in San Diego

Development Manager (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBleeding edge technology in a field that has huge growth potential and the company is the market leader. Work on something that will actually impact human health and understanding.

The senior management has a proven record of guiding the company through many strategic decisions and is still positioned really well in the market.

Campus is amazing, possibly the best in San Diego (beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, gym, amphitheater, koi ponds, cafe, Starbucks) and is being expanded with even more amenities.

Software is becoming a key part of the overall strategy and there are tons of interesting projects and opportunities. Great place for talented software engineers. Lots of interesting "Big Data" problems that don't involve 140 character messages...

ConsAs most companies that have such extreme growth there are plenty of growing pains, but there are also plenty of opportunities. Departments that are cost centers don't get enough support, but this is not unusual.

Layoff late in 2011 probably sparked more negative reviews than the company deserves. I've personally never been approached for weekend work, again this could be different in other departments, but this is 1600+ person company.

Internal systems are sub-par and under-staffed.

Advice to Senior ManagementRe-invest in your employees and internal systems for the next 10 years...

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

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Illumina has an extremely fast paced culture that puts a strong emphasis on the creation of quality innovative products.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina

ProsCutting edge technologies, friendly yet helpful colleagues, and an employee centric culture make Illumina a great company to work for.

ConsIf you cannot work in a fast paced environment that supports a technology that is making science fiction a reality, then you should look to a different company for work.

Advice to Senior ManagementAs the company grows, so should the push to nurture growth from within the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Cutting edge and exciting!!!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Illumina

Pros-Latest, greatest and coolest technology.
-Flat level hierarchy – your voice is heard.
-Great perks and facilities.

ConsGrowing pains and lack of structure as the company grows.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep allowing your employees to speak up and have their voice heard to grow and strengthen the company.

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

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