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An intense ride that will keep you on your toes during your tenure,

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Former Employee - Prefer Not to Disclose  in  La Jolla, CA
Former Employee - Prefer Not to Disclose in La Jolla, CA

I worked at Illumina

Pros

Although the benefits and perks at Illumina are amazing it's the the employees at Illumina that keeps the company strong. The yoga/gym/recreation on site and the monthly happy hours / half yearly sponsored corporate parties allow us to network with so many individuals from various pars of the company. Illumina does know how to care of its own. The salary is pretty competitive with stock options, bonus, raise, etc.

You learn a lot of valuable skills at Illumina in such a small amount of time. They expect you to hit the ground running. 1 or 2 years at Illumina is the equivalent of 3-5 years at a regular company.

Cons

When I came on board with Illumina, I was hired specifically more certain skill sets. I have seen myself and others included have their positions radically evolve into something completely different. Regardless of whether or not you are satisfied with the change. Projects and priorities could shift instantly, leaving things a bit chaotic at the office.

Illumina's core values don't seem to align with your personal goals and end of year review, which tends to lower your raise/bonus. Whether this is on purpose or not I leave that to the employee.
There seemed to be a disconnect in communication and goals between upper/middle management and rest of the teams.

Advancement and movement across the organization was difficult and hard get approval of for some employees. No structure was in place to show you a path to becoming a senior person on the team or move into a manager or assistant director role.

Although Illumina does hire outstanding employees, there seemed to be a lack of basic MS skill sets or analytics for some of the employe thereby having no understanding of their data the to create presentations critical for senior management on how their business line is doing.

Turnover is quite high. The burnout and level that you are running at Illumina can be exciting but also stressful.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Structured and concise path for growing and advancing to the next level at our position.
Find a way to keep top talented employees from turning over after several years. Turnover is quite high.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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
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