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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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work, but needs improvement!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

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

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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

    Great products and some very dedicated people

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on 'face time'

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Being Stable Attitude

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Coasting on Affy core technology & consuming your competition

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology, poor leadership.

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    • Senior Management
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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

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