Illumina Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
232 Reviews

3.9
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality of the products are dropping

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people and fun work

    Cons

    It has changed from a start up to bean counter central

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the number of projects. Effort is too scattered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fast pace and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork, poor management leadership and guidance, does not promote work-life balance, and a CYA environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either develop or hire personnel in middle management

  3.  

    Illumina Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay is good; nice building; great technology; CEO approachable

    Cons

    Some ineffective execs including VP HR, SVP GM Life Sciences (not to be trusted) and horrendous work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    sell to Roche

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fascinating company, very poor management and leadership. Work life balance is very bad.

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

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Some amazingly dedicated and smart people work at illumina. Could not ask for better coworkers.
    The core business is interesting. ( i.e. High throughput DNA sequencing )
    The field is very dynamic and fascinating.

    Cons

    Management is very poor. Slow to make decisions, make bad decisions, they backtrack, communication is bad and when they make decisions they want it ASAP because they thought of it last minute.
    Constantly operate in fire-fighting mode, not enough resources.
    Work life balance is a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are 'leadership' you should really provide some leadership - Your not doing that now. You really need to re-inspire your employees or your top talent will leave. When you push employees very hard to work long hours and demotivate them you will not get the same results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good products, poor leadership, stressful environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina

    Pros

    Working at the cutting edge

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, unless you like drinking water from a fire hose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electro Mechanical Assembler  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electro Mechanical Assembler in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    There are some smart people and advanced technology. If you are so inclined, you can really learn a lot working here.

    Cons

    It seems like incompetance is rewarded here. There are a couple very incompetant and stupid people here in high positions that just hang around and make life difficult for everyone else. Contract employees are extremely underpaid and undertitled. Many contract employees have degrees from UCSD and other schools of equal quality, who are titled Electro-Mechanical Assembler 1 and are paid $16 per hour - ridiculous!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moving your operations to Singapore is not going to save you any money when can you get college graduates in San Diego to work for $16 per hour.

    Approves of CEO

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