Affymetrix

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Affymetrix Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
58 Reviews
3.7
58 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Improving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    A great history - a future in question

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Hinders personal and professional growth - USB

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time

    Pros

    Health benefits are free for those that are single. Good vacation time as well.

    Cons

    Management is the definition of unprofessional and underqualified. Lack understanding that our generation doesn't just take hand outs, we want to work for promotions and have a sense of accomplishment. Transparent management, high turnover rate, little resources for training, zero follow through on commission and bonus payouts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Life at Affy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for impacting business
    Sr. leadership is looking for new ideas and willing to listen

    Cons

    Infrastructure is prohibitive to getting things done fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Affymetrix needs help

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, people, location, and interesting work.

    Cons

    Down sizing, management still can't get it right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad Senior Management

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

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

    Pros

    Very Smart Employees
    Good Work Environment

    Cons

    Bad and ineffective Senior Management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to change their entire senior management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    An excellent place to work with talented, bright people striving to make the world a better place.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Dedicated to employee growth and a good work-life balance. Great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    A pioneer in the industry has struggled against its own demons over the last couple years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    A satisfying place to work where balancing personal and professional was easy.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, and culture.

    Cons

    Upper management needed a refresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of talk about process at a high level, but not much in place to make sure processes are followed or understood at a low level.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Too many vps, turn around too slow

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

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Technology and field are wonderful.
    Old Gaurd at company are creative and a joy to work with.
    Launching products is fun.

    Cons

    Company gets in the way of its own success.
    Terrible growth opportunities.
    Poor reputation in industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a fundamental lack of understanding on basic economic drivers at the company. If they understood the economics of their business, they would be able to lower cogs, allocate resources better and be more competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Frantic Work Pace

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

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Good products and interesting work environment. Very bright people. Great benefits and good salaries. Good sized company (1100 employees world-wide) and ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Very much a "hurry up and wait" culture with tinges of bullying throughout the organization, especially in Human Resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please pay attention to employee surveys and follow-up on feedback immediately if inappropriate behavior and bullying is reported in any area.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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