Affymetrix Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. A good, but too-short experience

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    Former Contractor - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good money for a contract gig, good people to work with, lots of freedom to improve things, within limits. I'd recommend it.

    Cons

    The usual corporate nonsense, unrealistic deadlines, lousy content, no respect for worker bees on the part of senior management, no money to make things actually good, just "good enough," which was almost never good.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the skin-flintyness, spend the money to keep people from extreme burnout, be realistic, abandon the agile/scrum development concept.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for your comments and taking the time to write this review. The leadership team will find your comments helpful to better improve Affy.


  2. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Less of work-life balance, worked weekends when deadlines due

    Advice to Management

    Keep being supportive

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for being supportive as well.


  3. Good place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Innovate


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  5. OK to work at.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  6. Making moves in the right direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be sure to grow your younger talent in the company.


  7. Not good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Change management level from manager to Senior Director


  8. Life at Affy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (More than a 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 Management

    Promote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees


  9. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, and culture.

    Cons

    Upper management needed a refresh.

    Advice to Management

    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.


  11. Too many vps, turn around too slow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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