Illumina Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley
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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. Helpful (4)

    Great place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment Cool products Amazing people Entrepreneurial organization Very smart and collaborative employees The company is growing very quickly

    Cons

    Fast paced work environment Lack of work-life balance Compensation could be better Pace of growth might cause a loss of core culture

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that the days of employees motivated by share prices doubling every year are behind us. That means better compensation is needed, or more employees to balance the work loads.


  2. Illumina is a great Culture and environment to work in.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture, great products, market driven

    Cons

    The company is increasing in size and thus bureaucracy and red tape.

    Advice to Management

    Illumina has effective leadership that is able to keep ahead of it's competitors,


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company from hurt by key people leaving

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology Great people Many interesting projects

    Cons

    Challenging time now Uncertainty in strategy

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better Involve more employees in decision making processes


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Constantly aiming towards a moving target

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Im proud to have Illumina on my resume. This is a fast paced, do or die, sink or swim, you better keep up type of company. To be the leader in anything- you have to fight hard to make sure you remain on top so understand that there are a lot of high expectations. The people who work here are intelligent and very friendly. The dress code is business casual- which is awesome. The campus is beautiful.

    Cons

    Did I mention it's fast paced with high expectations? You're going to have a large workload with the expectations to get it done- you're working 40 hours a week? Then youre not working enough and trust me, sooner or later it will show. We tend to come up with great ideas to solve the severe lack of structure- but we can never seem to sustain. We work in silos too much just trying to get our jobs done and keep up with the high demands. You want to take time off? Psh! Vacation means just stopping your work, letting the mountain grow only to come back to a bigger mess. If you're not consistently being proactive- vacations aren't worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Do not forget where you came from on Towne Center and before- you need every single individual that is working for you. Remember that open, "we're all on the same team" moral? You're slowly losing it- be careful not to turn into just another corporate company. Keep alive one of the biggest reasons we all wanted to be here.... But I do like your new executive wing!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Competitive place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Systems Analyst 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

    - new projects left and right so there's always a lot to work on. - constantly working on new technologies, legacy products do no stick around for too long. - young and vibrant co-workers. lots of sports going on - decent cafeteria

    Cons

    - shifting focus can cause projects to start and end abruptly - the motto to "hire the best" can cause quite a competitive landscape that's difficult for junior positions to be adequately recognized. - portfolio expansion outpaces resourcing which leads to multi-tasking and project inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to a few core products and do them well.


  7. Helpful (2)

    A challenging but rewarding place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 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 co-workers Fast-paced environment to keep you from getting bored Great technology What we do is helping change the world

    Cons

    The fast-paced growth over the last decade has caused many gaps in business processes. So, we are trying to build our infrastructure while using small scale processes.

    Advice to Management

    Look for and ask for the gaps and invest in ways to build the sustainable business practices.


  8. great place to learn lots quickly

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - developers are used to make new software, not maintenance of existing systems - lots of interesting projects in the bio-tech industry - fun place to work. - get to work with the latest software technologies

    Cons

    - not a software company. It's a hardware company first. - they don't have enough testers, or designers

    Advice to Management

    - hire more testers and designers


  9. High tech, high speed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Contractor - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Illumina is doing very interesting leading edge work in gene sequencing. Some very smart people here, doing very cool work. Pace is very fast, change is rapid in many areas. The folks I worked with were looking for better ways to do things. On-site cafeteria is pretty good too.

    Cons

    There are some political battles and defense of territories. It was clear some struggles had been going on for quite some time and had become entrenched. It's a big company, with all the big company overhead and the burden of hide-bound procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to get people's eyes on the task at hand, rather than on the political territory. Not all teams are on the same page regarding changes to methodology... better buy-in and more clarity about "here's where we're going" would help.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Excellent learning experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Finance/Accounting in San Diego, CA
    Current Intern - Finance/Accounting in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, very relaxed and transparent. The company has a lot of potential and has grown exponentially within the past few years.

    Cons

    Since the company is still growing, there are processes and procedures continuously changing.


  11. Good opportunity to make your mark

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Illumina has a very entrepreneurial spirit. The company has the resources to support it's employees and does so. Work environment is great. You will work some of the smartest people around.

    Cons

    Illumina is having some growing pains. The company is eager to transform into a large company, but at what cost. Not a ton of opportunity for career enhancing moves.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out and encourage the managers/directors that are finding the right balance of process infrastructure and aggressive, entrepreneurial spirit.



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