Illumina Reviews

140 Reviews
3.9
140 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Illumina CEO Jay Flatley
Jay Flatley
104 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

18 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, but needs improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    You will work with energetic, friendly and very, very smart people. You will market products that are advancing scientific research in amazing ways. You will be empowered and supported should you wish to learn more about your trade.

    Cons

    Very hectic work atmosphere where working long hours are necessary, with not a lot of down time in between projects. Not a lot of opportunity for upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear paths for the smart people you hire to advance in their career. Hire more staff to support the workload so the dedicated workers you hire do not get burned out.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    It depends on where you work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    At Illumina, you will work with and be one of many smart people advancing science and medicine. At the end of the day, that feels great.

    Cons

    As with any environment, office politics can be tough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible -- consider telecommuting, flextime, and other work/life balance programs.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If the company had any respect for my profession, I'd love to work there

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology, great business "space" to be in
    Lots of smart people as worker-bees
    Awesome campus
    good place for someone who in the scientific part of the biz

    Cons

    My comments mirror many of the others....this company spends its money on the people who are developing the technology - the chemical, genetic end of the house is difficult to staff, and Illumiina works hard to find and attract talent to that area
    BUT
    the rest of the business suffers as a result. Business process infrastructure and systems are old; documentation is bloated, poorly managed, delivery of information is neither nimble nor scaleable. Current systems - like SalesForce - are so poorly implemented their use is avoided. Software is old and cobbled. There is little project managment (ya know, a schedule, critical path, risks, a goal..?), and I was a little amazed at the arrogance of some people who insist on ignoring best practices..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place needs a PMO office yesterday. Perhaps its acquistion by Roche will help push it into reality. My other advice would be to reconsider the grandfathered position bestowed on staff. The place uses a lot of contract workers. Good contract talent seems to be sacraficed and less productive staff remains. Bad for long-term health of the org. (See: teacher's union; tenure).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    cutting edge technology with a meaningful impact on society

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    great location in San Diego. Brand new campus with good facilities. Comfortable working hours and good company culture.

    Cons

    Not much vertical movement within the company. Often times people are brought in from the outside instead of promoting people from inside.

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

    none

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina

    Pros

    Great team to work with.

    Cons

    Closed down great team without good reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    pleasant -

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    promotes work life balance, open communication

    Cons

    HR can be less impartial and listen to what the ground wants - don't just focus on management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    During performance review of the managers, should also seek comments from the subordinates. Some managers are seriously slack - they are lucky they have good staff to cover their rears!

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loosing talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Great to work for number one in the Next Gen space

    Cons

    Recent layoffs combined with rapid stock decline has affected all aspects of the company. Moral is at bottom and many people are leaving and or contemplating doing so (outside those layed off). The direction of the company is very uncertain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck getting moral back. Illumina will never be the same.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Illumina Cutting Edge BioScience, but average pay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Illumina is Cutting Edge Bioscience. There is no competition - probably a bad thing for the customer.

    Cons

    Executive management does poor job of communicating direction and vision. Illumina has lost that start-up feeling and is becoming like every other big company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for Jay to move on. Replace executive management

    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for Illumina? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.