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30+ days ago

Software Developer (Biotechnology Applications)

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

As a Software Engineer, you will join a group focusing on applications of Illumina’s DNA sequencing technology, particularly for cancer and rare… Illumina


30+ days ago

Sr Bioinformatics Project Manager

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

Illumina are the global leaders in the development of Next Generation DNA Sequencing Technology (NGS). With over 90% of the world’s NGS data being… Illumina


30+ days ago

Field Service Engineer (Laboratory Automation)

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

As a Field Service Engineer I you will play a key role supporting Illumina’s customer base across the South East region, in particular the client… Illumina


27 days ago

Marketing Coordinator

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

The Marketing Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating and managing all aspects associated with tradeshows, events, sponsorships, promotions… Illumina


30+ days ago

Statistical Programmer / Data Scientist

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

This research driven role is focused around the analysis of NGS data. A successful candidate will work on projects focused around sequence alignment… Illumina


12 hrs ago

Staff QA Engineer/Specialist – IVD Development – new

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

lllumina has experienced phenomenal growth from $10 million in revenues in 2002 to over $1.4 billion in 2013. Forbes named Illumina #1 on the… Illumina


15 days ago

Sr Bioinformatics Scientist

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

Illumina reproductive and genomics solutions use next-generation sequencing (NGS) and advanced microarray technologies to produce fast, accurate… Illumina


8 days ago

Sys Admin

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for talented system administrators to join our team in Cambridge. You will be part of a company, and a team… Illumina


30+ days ago

Network Systems / Security Administrator

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

include but are not limited to: • Document, design, deploy and maintain security systems to protect company assets and information while being… Illumina


30+ days ago

Bioinformatics Scientist 1

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

Illumina reproductive and genomics solutions use next-generation sequencing (NGS) and advanced microarray technologies to produce fast, accurate… Illumina


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    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a progressive company which issue shares to tie you into your role. So you can see how much effort you put in to how the company grows. In this respect, it gives you a sense of achievement overall. It is also one of those "life time opportunity" to be within a technologically forefront company. When I left university, I aspired to be in such a company. I came into this company mid-way through my career. There was a semi-friendly culture, but it conflicts with one's loyalty as the organisational chart kept changing.

    Cons

    The turnover rate was quite high. As I joined after the merger, and there was a period of respect between all colleagues, until you start to see individuals being taken out of the running. Then some kind of culling occurred for some reason. I was also caught up in the political organisational changes, such that I felt very marginalised, and also disrespected. I also realised that my contribution within those long email chains, often advices or trialed and tested solutions that came from years of experience from my side, was then taken as some kind of new ideas or achievement on the US side. It often were from the sales team who were more aggressive and came across as running the company to be honest ! It really was about US HQ, and no actual understanding of contribution on the Europe side at all. People got more annoyed as their contributions were not acknowledged and skillsets were stripped away. Or rather, "copied" away. It is one thing if you made clear who was in a project and who was not. But when the boundaries are so undefined, then yes, it seems almost like setting up the employee to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like you to know that, you managed to take away some of the very well respected managers who grew the original small companies before the big merger. That was a very big mistake. You potentially had some of the very wise and solid professionals who stood strong in this industry and ensured the security of the company, and you let this be mismanaged away by some very disrespectful and arrogant, and untrained under mid-30s professionals. Some of approaches used were even unlawful !

    I was surprised to find out that another colleague also took out a loan to supplement actual business trips to sell the products, and we are still in debt due to this. The salary was unjustified. Looking back in hindsight on Glassdoor here allowed me to see how naive some of us were in reality. You did not even look after the basics right. Allowing employees the most basic tools, without impacting their own personal and financial statuses.

    Also, you overworked your operations staff such that, I saw one woman fainting because of meeting your quarterly goals. Please ask yourself whether you are a true ethical company or not. Because if you were, then the ethical aspect starts on the inside, and that also mean following the employment laws ! Working under a set number of hours and no more, and bringing in health and safety laws too without burning out your own employees. Instead of perfecting some of the needed basics to keep employee happy and healthy in a steady way, the emphasis were put on the bottomline.

    I would also check the ethics and the professionalism of some of your senior IT managers. As I understand that a few of them joined and migrated from another bio-tech company. Yet, I saw one male manager who was absolutely unprofessional and harassed a young intern verbally, such to a high extent that, he rechallenged him back with a knife ! This was during a company meal,on an off site support trip. What kind of people are you hiring ? This is not the kind of company that I want to work for. And yes, this same high level Director just saw Jay as a face of the company and no more. Well, at least I believed in science, and I believe in what Jay say ! There is a huge difference between those who are from science backgrounds and believe in the company to those who just want the prestige and the title or the money.

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