Affymetrix Reviews

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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney
Frank Whitney
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Pros
  • Affy provides good work life balance and the people are great to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • I get to work with a lot of smart people, they provide good benefits and the salary is competitive (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Bad and ineffective Senior Management (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management needed a refresh (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Exciting time to see the company re-generate itself and come to life-- a great opportunity to make a difference!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Considerate, extremely dedicated, down-to-Earth and brilliant co-workers

    Cons

    Sometimes it feels like Affymetrix doesn't get the recognition it deserves... but we're getting there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you've been doing the past 1-2 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Join only if you are really in need of job

    Current Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    medical benefits not too bad
    flexible working hours

    Cons

    layoffs every few months
    Hardly any bonus
    hostile superior and work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    After 14 years they laid me off.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Good work life family balance.

    Cons

    BAD management no other excuse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real, stop trying to do everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    nice group of people to work with

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good group of people to work with, very smart and outgoing people.

    Cons

    when I was there every 6 months we had a layoff, management like to hire friends and form clicks that just runs the company down. We build factories just to demolish soon after, spend millions on new technology and never apply them or make a profit from them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so greedy, stop laying people off and hiring friends that are nice but don't know how to grow the business. it's killing the company. Develop a plan for the future and go for it, and put people in charge that are accountable. Managers need to stop cutting teams to the bone then hire some back because the cut too deep. It kills morale and impact productivity. Make managers accountable for the team's failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Affymetrix could be better

    Former Employee - Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and nice people

    Cons

    low salary, slow promotion, bad manager quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Annual review should be more stringent to higher level managers

  7. Great company to work for, even when the company was going through it's growing pains.

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    Former Contractor - Library Technical Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Library Technical Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are always ways to proof yourself. Individual Managers are great in parsing out workloads.

    Cons

    Like any other company, have to make the most of a roller-coaster economy, which means being lean and mean.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more, they do make a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 31, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Here at Affy we feel that it's very valuable to be able to hear from our employees. It's nice to see that employees are able to voice their opinions here on Glassdoor. This will allow us to better ... More

  8. Company is okay - some growth in maturity required.

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    Former Employee - Sales Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management

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

    Pros

    Good technology. Leadership wants to regain the company's proper place in the market. Compensation is fair - probably the industry average. Weak areas identified and efforts are appropriately placed.

    Cons

    While the top leadership is capable, some of the middle level management engages in distracting politics and silo fights. If they got behind one another and supported other groups' efforts, it would be a much better place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time in attention to employees. Keep them happy and they will deliver on the loads of work you've burdened them with.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Nov 4, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Your opinion matters to us. Thank you for your review.

  9. Company is on recovery route, but can be even better!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is always thinking of ways to recognize and take good care of employees. Though our salary and benefits are not world class, we are happy here.

    Cons

    Too many cooks spoil the soup. We are too overly careful with our processes, need to go to many people to get approval before things can be changed. This will slow down our progress, make people frustrated and waste more money and resources. This will also make us lesser competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more daring ! Do not look at small items to cut cost or make marginal improvements. Please look at the bigger picture so that we can make quantum leap growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Nov 4, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Employee recognition is very important to us. I'm glad that is was noted as a "pro". Affy is always open to improving ourselves. Thank you for your contribution to our profile page.

  10. Very rewarding!

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    Current Employee - Administration
    Current Employee - Administration

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In my opinion, the employees and the leaders.

    Cons

    Nothing, everything seems to be very fair.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 29, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    We would not be where we are today without the help of our dedicated employees. Thanks for taking the time to post a comment on our profile page.

  11. Great place to work, and help make a better world!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    I've been an Affy employee for 4 years, and am happy to be part of a company that is making a difference in the world in so many ways. I enjoy being with my friendly, down-to-earth, hard-working and very smart co-workers. Our CEO, Frank Witney, has done an amazing job of turning around the company; and he's also a genuine, caring, and extremely conscientious leader. There is a lot of opportunity ahead for Affymetrix, and for employees who are willing to make the extra effort.

    Cons

    Affymetrix went through some hard times, and is making huge progress. Sometimes, employees need just a little more patience, and realize that we still have to keep watching the bottom line. Like every company I've ever worked in, we need to keep focusing on simplifying processes, and finding ways to keep the workload manageable while getting the best productivity we can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating openly -- even if there is unpleasant news. Keep caring -- it shows that you are now better aligned and working together to help the company succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 9, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear that you are having a positive experience here at Affymetrix.

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