Affymetrix Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
63 Reviews
2.0
63 Reviews
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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney
Frank Whitney
28 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)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    An excellent place to work with talented, bright people striving to make the world a better 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 for 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
  2.  

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

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    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
  3.  

    Too many vps, turn around too slow

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    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
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  5.  

    Frantic Work Pace

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    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
  6.  

    A great place to work with great people however company is struggling to gain market share

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    People, benefits, flexiblity, managers, exciting work, lunch program, work from home option

    Cons

    Stock price, lack of market share growth, pay could be a little better, too many opinions from mid-upper management can slow processes,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on inovation rather than continue to market struggling products. Make sure products come to market after comprehensive quality control.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best time of my working years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst in West Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Free food, promote from within, family atmosphere, market leadership, cutting edge technology, diversity, supportive upper management, generous tuition fee reimbursement program and prestige.

    Cons

    Management prone to make misstep, get out of focus and tend to be high flying leading to losing market dominance and leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should have kept the West Sacramento, Ca manufacturing facility because it is the only property that Affymetrix, Inc. owned and practically new and immaculate when it was shut down and move operation to Singapore.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but needs improvement!

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    -Good benefits for a mid-size company.
    -Hard working and talented people, culturally diverse.
    -Fair spot bonus/ recognition program.
    -Great seminar program.
    -Provides a fair work-life balance.
    -Nice in house lunch program.

    Cons

    -Great technology that needs updating.
    -Aggressive time lines in product development.
    -Need rigorous in house product testing before introducing to customers.
    -Too many managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Unbalanced structure- too many managers for the number of people who work hands on.
    -Insecurity about future is making many good people leave, management needs to be more honest about company's direction.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Being Stable Attitude

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too 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..

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A great place to make a difference in a growing scientific field

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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

    Pros

    Great products and some very dedicated people

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on 'face time'

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Coasting on Affy core technology & consuming your competition

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    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    VP 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.

    Approves of CEO

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