Affymetrix Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
65 Reviews
2.1
65 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney
Frank Whitney
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is heavily encouraged and promoted through PTO and Affy holidays (in 5 reviews)

  • Work environment with colleagues in same business group is great (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad and ineffective Senior Management (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management needed a refresh (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    This company seriously need help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leaving this company and never look back

    Cons

    The HR in Singapore received complaints from MOM before for unethical employee treatment. Singapore site only hire their own people mostly are from AB group and all are incapable of finding jobs elsewhere. Most directors and managers are inexperienced and speak/write poor english. Even those from china speak/write better than.This is expecially true from materials supply planning function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider changing the singapore management as they are leeching company resourcing and not contributing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Contract for life...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor

    Pros

    Good pay nice people overall

    Cons

    Not flexible schedules, will be a contractor for a long time.

  3.  

    Biggest joke in the whole biotechnology industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company not open to changes that is the only good thing and bad thing depending on indidvual

    Cons

    A bioTECHNOLOGY company however and ironically the company technology sux. Their HR apprasial system is so complicated and non user friendly. These company still issue paper payslip to their employee in this era. Their quality documentation system is the worse...not validated properly and still can carry on using with bugs and errors not fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do not disgrace the tech company and move out of sillicon valley.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Worst company to work for in Singapore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I can't find any reason to be working for Affymetrix Singapore

    Cons

    The so called 'Directors' are just some managers with inflated title. Most of them can't find a job elsewhere and are all inexperienced despite being in the company for so many years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider closing down your singapore site

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of Learning, flexible management, no nonsense place

    Cons

    Usual Management politics
    Need to come up with new products

  7.  

    A good, but too-short experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Publisher  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good money for a contract gig, good people to work with, lots of freedom to improve things, within limits. I'd recommend it.

    Cons

    The usual corporate nonsense, unrealistic deadlines, lousy content, no respect for worker bees on the part of senior management, no money to make things actually good, just "good enough," which was almost never good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the skin-flintyness, spend the money to keep people from extreme burnout, be realistic, abandon the agile/scrum development concept.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    No grievance procedures...u get bullied that is your problem

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    I woudlnt find any resons to be working here

    Cons

    No grievance procedures..u get bullied...HR doesn't do anything...u highlight to your boss...he/she tells you to either suck up to it or find another job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Documentation Project Contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Documentation Specialist  in  Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Documentation Specialist in Emeryville, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Working on the genomics research cutting edge. I was a vital contributing member of the GUI development team for the Exon Array Computational Tool (ExACT) for analysis project-enhancement by a specific audience of Ph.D. genetics and bioinformatics research biologists. The hourly rate paid as a contractor was however a career zenith for me. Employees paid $3 for $8-12 because lunches of the very shady Oakland border location (I was warned to not allow my vehicle to remain in the employee lot after dark.)

    Cons

    I worked for an acquired company satellite division in Emeryville underpowered from the Santa Clara headquarters where preapprovals were required before proceeding, and where Scientific Technical Writers and other personnel were uncooperative. Affymetrix has a strict policy of an undergraduate microbiology degree at least to become a Scientific Technical Writer so despite my Master's degree in another area & 20+ years of experience promises to the contrary of being brought on permanently went unfulfilled.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Narrow the pyramid of Directors, VPs, and upper management in general.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate I  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Less of work-life balance, worked weekends when deadlines due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being supportive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Low pay + bad management = destined to fail big time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I am out of here and same to those already out of this place

    Cons

    Cannot even match the market increment or bonus and yet expect their employee to do more than what they are supposed to be doing. High turnover rate and full of management who think too highly of themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Worked for Affymetrix? Contribute to the Community!

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