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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

Other Reviews for Affymetrix

  1. 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
  2. 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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