Affymetrix Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
65 Reviews
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65 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    software developer

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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

    1. nice people
    2. good management
    3. vacation 4 weeks per yr

    Cons

    1. salary no increase for three yrs
    2. no 401k
    3. no sick day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    too many VP

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and trying to be a great company.

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    Former Employee - Staff Systems Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Leading edge technology and R&D projects. If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be. Exciting and challenging projects. Great support on publishing papers in leading journals and in generating patents. Numerous internal seminars and presentations about new applications and technologies. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be - if you are not, you sometimes get treated like a second class employee. Company structure is top heavy. There are a few groups who have 90% VPs, Directors and Managers. There are people who think or act as though Affymetrix is an 'Ivory Tower'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce the petty politics and kingdom building. Focus on the fact that Affymetrix is a 'for profit' corporation. Remember that scientists are great for generating new ideas but usually poor decision makers for management or business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best of times and the worst of times

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    Former Employee - Program Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Affy really has a fantastic technology, and some of the people developing it are the best and brightest people with whom you will ever work.

    Cons

    The management at Affy always felt that profitability was a side effect of doing the most cutting edge science. As a result, strategy was driven by a small customer pool of leading edge scientists, instead of understanding the complete market.

    Additionally, the strength of the IP, led the company to assume a serious competitor would not emerge. Though it's MBA 101 that if you create a lucrative market, others will invade the space. It was only a matter of time before some company (Illumina) figured out a technology that could meet the same customer needs as the GeneChip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's about the profitability!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology, poor leadership.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  West Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in West Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Great technology. Do something good for the world. Many of the people are fun and driven individuals. Company has potential for turning around. Diagnostic market is exciting and could bring long term prosperity.

    Cons

    Poor management decision making. Infighting between departments. Politicized atmosphere. Promotions more a matter of who you know, not what you bring to the table.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out middle managers who are hurting the company. Put more emphasis on product development, marketing, and manufacturing operations. Subcontracting/outsourcing manufacturing does not work for low volume, high complexity, and regulated environments. Stop promoting finance specialists to lead operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    This company seriously need help

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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 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
  8.  

    Biggest joke in the whole biotechnology industry

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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 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
  9.  

    Worst company to work for in Singapore

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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 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
  10.  

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

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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 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
  11.  

    Low pay + bad management = destined to fail big time

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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 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

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