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Current Employee - Director
Current Employee - Director

I have been working at Illumina

Pros

Empowerment
Fast-paced, can-do attitude prevails
Supportive management
Authority and accountability pushed down to low levels
Beautiful facilities
Respect for all employees

Cons

Work-life balance favors work, difficult to take a vacation
No offices, even the CEO is in a cube. Management privacy is difficult

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in stronger IT systems and IT staff to support general operations. Infrastructure is too frail to support growth. Staff too junior to develop robust solutions

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be startup but getting more structured.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    If you like these things then this company is for you.
    Fast paced
    Need to adapt quickly
    Embrace constant change
    Good benefits
    Great co-workers

    In my experience:
    Managers provide guidance
    Senior Managers provide updates regarding company strategy

    Cons

    Yearly raises not up to par with workload
    Sales are rewarded more then any other branch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people are working hard all year, please allow all branches to have one meeting for 2-3 days to build relationships.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Overall very bad experience, but with good colleagues

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    Former Employee - Operations in Eindhoven (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Operations in Eindhoven (Netherlands)

    I worked at Illumina

    Pros

    - Very dedicated workforce. Have worked with some excellent colleagues from headquarters and have made professional and personal friendships for life here.
    - The technology and services that this company offers truly are state of the art. Regardless of how the company functions, Illumina is providing valuable tools and services to the scientific community.
    - Very nice perks for U.S. employees, offer more than other tech companies I have been at.

    Cons

    where to start? Very disorganized with no structure, no respect for overall workforce from management, and extremely unfair and unethical treatment of employees. Company is very top heavy with blatant favoritism being common practice amongst upper to senior management. No regard for one's personal life, as that is seen as nothing more than an obstacle that doesn't allow you to perform as best you could. Global operations are nothing short of a joke, as there is zero global cohesion with managers running amuck and treating those under them as unethical and bad as they want since no one is looking. Suffice it to say, overall treatment of employees is something that needs work here.

    It is possible to get ahead in this company, but at a high cost. If you pander to management, play their ridiculous games, and kiss up to the right people, you may make it. Can be a long road depending on how much your willing to throw people under the bus and backstab, which are examples of very common tactics here that most legitimate good employees grew tired of (and therefore walked). Hard work and effort put in may get you an occasional compliment, but will get you nowhere in terms of your career.

    Company is run like a start up, but has been around for 10+ years. You often hear people boasting about the "lack of process due to crazy growth." May have worked for the first few years, but really it is time that this place grew up. Also, not having structure is nothing to boast about, it's just saying that you are proud of being disorganized (and yes, it behooves some people to have this place stay disorganized, as disorganization can make a good cover for incompetence).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company used to be a place that one was proud of to work for. it is not a coincidence that you have been losing your top talent these last few months. You are failing your employees, and your customer base as well (check scientific community boards that talk about Illumina's "arrogant attitude" and really bad sales/negotiation style if you don't believe this). You need to trim much of the fat from up top, actually hire managers that are qualified to run international business rather than just promote from within to save money.

    Many of the mid level managers have created a toxic environment, and are not familiar with the industry or business on a global scale. a revamp here is needed.

    Also, please, please, PLEASE for the sake of the few good souls who remain there work on an appropriate work life balance policy. You cannot possibly demand this much from your workforce for so long and expect them to not burn out and resent you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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