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Fascinating company, very poor management and leadership. Work life balance is very bad.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina

Pros

Some amazingly dedicated and smart people work at illumina. Could not ask for better coworkers.
The core business is interesting. ( i.e. High throughput DNA sequencing )
The field is very dynamic and fascinating.

Cons

Management is very poor. Slow to make decisions, make bad decisions, they backtrack, communication is bad and when they make decisions they want it ASAP because they thought of it last minute.
Constantly operate in fire-fighting mode, not enough resources.
Work life balance is a joke

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you are 'leadership' you should really provide some leadership - Your not doing that now. You really need to re-inspire your employees or your top talent will leave. When you push employees very hard to work long hours and demotivate them you will not get the same results.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work, however lack of communication between management and employees hurts.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Good People and work environment. Fast Paced and Challenging. The compensation seems right for the positions being held (if negotiated well)

    Cons

    Lack of communication between the management and employees about the exact direction of the company. Plenty of broad spectrum directional communication that isn't really clear. Plenty of lateral movement, very little upward movement. Very little recognition and very high demand on employees. Seem to be drawn into work even during "off" days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some major changes need to happen, especially in the mid/lower management. Sometimes you need to step back before going forward.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good products, poor leadership, stressful environment

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina

    Pros

    Working at the cutting edge

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, unless you like drinking water from a fire hose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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