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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Market Lead, but Overvalued

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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

    Good job security as the company is intentionally understaffed to increase margins.
    Compensation still a bit above market, but weighted towards equity

    Cons

    Stock price has little upside
    Sequencing is becoming more commoditized and Illumina relies on high margins which will likely dwindle over time
    Poor work-life balance
    A tremendous lack of leadership below CEO level, still acts like a $100M revenue company

    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, questionable job satisfaction

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

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Flexible Hours (you can come in whenever you want as long as you get 40-50 hrs a week)
    As many overtime hours as you can stand to do
    Genuinely good hearted, down to earth people who work here
    Diverse employee group (both racially and age-wise)
    Good in-house cafe
    Higher-ups with occasionally buy us lunch

    Cons

    3/4 of the workforce are "temps," which allows the company to hire us for 40-50 hours a week without benefits, so no paid time off, no vacation, no sick days
    Typical corporate culture (i.e. culture-less workplace)
    Production process an environmental disaster (tons of trash with minimal recycling program)
    Job involves starting at a computer screen about 90% of the time
    Job nature is pretty boring - assembly line type atmosphere with 0 creativity involved
    Mostly a solo job - you work in solitude most of the time
    Poor gender ratio is bad for everyone! (10 to 1 guy to girl ratio in my department)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your manufacturing floor employees like unimportant temp workers! We work our asses off to make the machines which make you millions of dollars, you could at least hire us on with benfits! The "economic downturn" is no excuse for unethical hiring and unfair compensation. Allow us to choose our own vacation time - don't ask us to work the weekend to "make the numbers," and then force us to take off a full week for christmas when we dont get paid for it! I dont even celebrate christmas!

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    All decisions are made by the top management, the rest are robots trained to obey.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Hayward, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Work on cool bio tech equipment

    Cons

    Promotions based on favoritism. Idiot managers in high positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the controls.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work, but needs improvement

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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

    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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    It depends on where you work.

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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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor (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
  8.  

    cutting edge technology with a meaningful impact on society

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    • 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    none

    • Comp & Benefits
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    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    pleasant -

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loosing talent

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    • Senior Management
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    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

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