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Illumina Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
231 Reviews

3.9
231 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 11 reviews)

  • cutting-edge research organisation, very nice work culture with decent socialising events for employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The worst middle management I've ever had in my professional career, the work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of Collaboration

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Working with new technology and a few interesting people.
    Good personal time off system.
    Holiday events and happy hours are fantastic.

    Cons

    Recruitments, selections and promotions are based on internal political
    agenda, for example hiring friends to guarantee personal loyalty at the expense of other
    highly performing and more-qualified employees.

    Managers believe that the more people they manage and the
    bigger the budget, the higher the chance that they will be promoted. This results in raging
    battles around budgets, strategies and operations.

    There are many management layers in the organization, thus,
    hindering communication and resulting in slower execution.

    Muted level of commitment and enthusiasm teams. Even
    successful results cannot be shared and celebrated due to animosity and internal negative
    competition.

    There is a high rate of absenteeism and a high employee
    turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To quote Gandhi: "Be the change you want to see.” The most powerful leaders are almost
    always the role models for the change they seek. If the CEO practices bad politics, no
    amount of training or coaching will change the management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Joke

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    One consistent thing I have read in these reviews that is very true is that this place is very fast paced. This forces you to prioritize and will prepare you very well for any other organization (as no one lasts long here, whether it be through their own free will or the company's)

    Cons

    No respect and no work life balance. Sacrifice of weekends and evenings is consistently not just expected, but required (yes you read that correctly). Poorest quality management I have seen in all my years as a working professional, as there is zero reward for excellent work, hard work, and effort. Only the most blatant of kissing up will get you anywhere here, and it is very sad to see this go on right in front of you. This is due to the very cutthroat and often immature politics that plague this organization.

    Very blame ridden environment, with lots of blame passed between departments and not very much inter-department collaboration.

    Company often times appears to refuse to get affairs in order, with everyone scrambling at the last minute due to poor execution and bad leadership, and very unclear direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let Roche come in and take over. It would be better for your employees, customers, and the scientific community in general

    You've exploited and ruined this company, and you should be held accountable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weird

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Get someone who knows how to run a business

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Applications Scientist  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Field Applications Scientist in San Diego, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire the support management. Theyve created a toxic environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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