Affymetrix
3.1 of 5 42 reviews
www.affymetrix.com Santa Clara, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Affymetrix Reviews

Updated Mar 5, 2014
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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney

Frank Whitney

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54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Being Stable Attitude

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Affymetrix

ProsVery unique technology and ample applications
Skillful, Talented and Experienced resources/employees
Good and friendly working environment
Comparative salaries and facilities (considering Mid size company)

ConsBeside having a talented resources not able to coverage in growth of business.
Unbalanced organization infrastructure, Too many managers and upper level executives

Advice to Senior ManagementToo much focus on the Product development and lacking far behind in other functional area. Need DNA attitude (Daring, Passionate and Platinum) in other area for balancing/optimizing things.
Need fresh/new resources who can think out side the box..

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Coasting on Affy core technology & consuming your competition

Product Development Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Affymetrix

Pros-cafeteria & breakrooms- is it a bonus to not eat a single meal at home? Maybe you work to much.
-a few, kind veterans colleagues...

Cons-entrench "cave-dwelling" fire-breathing dragons, oh my!
-if you never change your core technology you never have to learn, grow or accept new ideas or people(s).

Advice to Senior ManagementVP with Sr. directors must together take charge to work for change. This change is to better compete with existing & different market and make your new products successful from release. The cost-cutting strategy has been obtuse & harsh on the loyal, long-term temp "recycled" employees.

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Affymetrix

Pros1. nice people
2. good management
3. vacation 4 weeks per yr

Cons1. salary no increase for three yrs
2. no 401k
3. no sick day

Advice to Senior Managementtoo many VP

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work and trying to be a great company.

Staff Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Affymetrix

ProsLeading edge technology and R&D projects. If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be. Exciting and challenging projects. Great support on publishing papers in leading journals and in generating patents. Numerous internal seminars and presentations about new applications and technologies. Good compensation and benefits.

ConsIf you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be - if you are not, you sometimes get treated like a second class employee. Company structure is top heavy. There are a few groups who have 90% VPs, Directors and Managers. There are people who think or act as though Affymetrix is an 'Ivory Tower'.

Advice to Senior ManagementReduce the petty politics and kingdom building. Focus on the fact that Affymetrix is a 'for profit' corporation. Remember that scientists are great for generating new ideas but usually poor decision makers for management or business.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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The best of times and the worst of times

Program Manager (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Affymetrix

ProsAffy really has a fantastic technology, and some of the people developing it are the best and brightest people with whom you will ever work.

ConsThe management at Affy always felt that profitability was a side effect of doing the most cutting edge science. As a result, strategy was driven by a small customer pool of leading edge scientists, instead of understanding the complete market.

Additionally, the strength of the IP, led the company to assume a serious competitor would not emerge. Though it's MBA 101 that if you create a lucrative market, others will invade the space. It was only a matter of time before some company (Illumina) figured out a technology that could meet the same customer needs as the GeneChip.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's about the profitability!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great technology, poor leadership.

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)
West Sacramento, CA

I have been working at Affymetrix

ProsGreat technology. Do something good for the world. Many of the people are fun and driven individuals. Company has potential for turning around. Diagnostic market is exciting and could bring long term prosperity.

ConsPoor management decision making. Infighting between departments. Politicized atmosphere. Promotions more a matter of who you know, not what you bring to the table.

Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out middle managers who are hurting the company. Put more emphasis on product development, marketing, and manufacturing operations. Subcontracting/outsourcing manufacturing does not work for low volume, high complexity, and regulated environments. Stop promoting finance specialists to lead operations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Challenging, changing, progressive.

Uhmm (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExcellent people, great teaming, fun.

ConsNone that I can think of.

Advice to Senior ManagementStay focused, embrace change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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senior manuafacturing assistance

Manufacturing Assistance (Current Employee)
Tuas (Singapore)

I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than 3 years

Prosno have any best reasons

Consno salary increment by every years,just twice salary increment

Advice to Senior Managementso difficulty to advice to management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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learning opportunities but less rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Affymetrix

Prosbiotech space, established brand name

Conscompany struggling for growth, ships is sinking!

Advice to Senior Managementtalk to employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Affymetrix is in transition, does Sr. Mangement have the right strategy, if so it is a good place to work.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Affymetrix

ProsGood people, strong brand, new products are better quality then those launched in 2009 & 2010

ConsToo many priorities, products and directions

Advice to Senior ManagementPrioritize and focus on what will have the most impact

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