Affymetrix Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
55 Reviews
3.4
55 Reviews
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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good place

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

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

    Pros

    The people and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company needs to consistently deliver on financial goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Outdated technology

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Need to find out if there is any I am sure it will take years to find out

    Cons

    Outdated product lines with zero or no investment on new products and R&D. Management is not smart enough to draw vision and roadmap for company. More on experimental mode, trying to survive in market. Growth numbers are created by cutting the resources and layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Introduce new products and don't just dependent on old technology.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Executive Administrative Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing people, forward thinking company, great product.

    Cons

    When I was employed at Affy there were some mind bending politics going on with Sr. staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Making moves in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with at Affymetrix. I have seen very little in fighting/politics. This makes it a very pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the company. Lots of good talent isn't retained and has left because of lack of career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to grow your younger talent in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK to work at.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Affymetrix facilitates employee work environment by being flexible, providing breakfast, lunch and fitness contribution.

    Cons

    Strong leadership with clear direction, low new product pipeline and employee growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not good

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time

    Pros

    Close to home and OK working schedule

    Cons

    Manager depent on employees too much, they have no scientific knowledges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management level from manager to Senior Director

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    it is ok

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    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst
    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good first job from college

    Cons

    Multiple missteps by the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fantastic while it lasted, the best experience of my career.....

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Great products, great work environment, top compensation, (used to be) a true "techie" company in the style of the glory days of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Cares more about profits than keeping jobs in the USA. Shame on Affy!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move your engineering back to the USA from China and quit outsourcing engineering. You had the one of the best engineering teams in Bedford MA that has ever been assembled on this planet - and you threw it away to get into bed with the Chinese. Obviously you didn't know/appreciate what you had, therefore I guess you don't deserve to have it. Reassemble the old best-of-the-best world-class engineering team from Bedford and I'll come back in a heartbeat, because Affy was probably the best company that I ever worked for in my 1/3 of a century career.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Improving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits, nice co-workers, change in direction and new product focus is encouraging. Flexible hours and work life balance are excellent

    Cons

    Advancement from junior to senior science positions is tough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great history - a future in question

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    Current Employee - Science
    Current Employee - Science

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are extremely good for a company of its size.
    Technology has historically been cutting edge and interesting
    Flexible working hours
    Independence and hands-off supervision by line managers

    Cons

    Emergence of competitive technologies put downward pressure on stock
    Advancement from junior to senior science positions is difficult or impossible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent changes to course of product development - focusing on doing fewer things, but doing them better - was a positive and welcome change. Please be very careful about selecting instrumentation vendors for manufacturing branded equipment; we suffer for their bad decisions or poor workmanship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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