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Competitive place to work

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Current Employee - Software Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Software Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Illumina full-time

Pros

- new projects left and right so there's always a lot to work on.
- constantly working on new technologies, legacy products do no stick around for too long.
- young and vibrant co-workers. lots of sports going on
- decent cafeteria

Cons

- shifting focus can cause projects to start and end abruptly
- the motto to "hire the best" can cause quite a competitive landscape that's difficult for junior positions to be adequately recognized.
- portfolio expansion outpaces resourcing which leads to multi-tasking and project inefficiencies.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stick to a few core products and do them well.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience I will never let happen in my career again

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Ops in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Ops in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - nice facilities
    - many capable colleagues throughout the years

    Cons

    - Career advancement is non-existent unless you play ridiculous games and are a political backstabber. Actual work performance and quality get you nowhere at this company
    - Chaotic and disorganized as a company, and they are proud of it
    - Over-rewarded executive and sales teams to the point of lewd extravagance, while all other departments struggle and are treated harshly
    - Very arrogant attitude and overall corporate culture. They act as if you are lucky to be with them, hence they get to treat you like a thing
    - World renowned terrible middle management. By terrible I mean how they treat people, their competence levels, political acuity, and overall professionalism. To say they are a joke is an understatement
    - Terrible upper management that perpetuates a horrible environment to suite their (mostly financial) needs, and not the needs of the company or employees as a whole. Working for them is a career stopper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your work force resents you and the terrible decisions you have made. The gross misallocation of incentives and advancement is apparent. You need to seriously mind your employees who have worked their tails off to give you a seven figure salary and reach the $1billion+ mark. You have not done this, and as a result, you have lost the vast majority of your top talent in 2011. Suites you right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unlike any company I've ever worked for

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

    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The technology is awesome but even that is being tarnished by the poor quality in recent years. Initially you will be very excited and impressed with the "energy" of the company, but slowly you will realize that the energy is really chaos. You will question how you are able to work in such a crazy, disfunctional environment. It's not just a challenge to work at Illumina, it's a work triathalon that will end up breaking you down mentally and physically. This in turn will more than prepare you for any future job challenges.

    Cons

    I will never forget my time at Illumina because I have never worked for such a horrible company in my life. It was all about the bottom line and anything else such as quality, process improvements, treating folks with respect and encouraging a healthy work life balance took a back seat. I noticed that during this recession the mid and upper management that were a part of the "good ole boys and gals club" often received promotions, and executives paychecks seemed to grow an a very inflated rate while the common workers barely got a cost of living increase and saw their restricted stock plummet in value. I am only mentioning this because if the company bottom line is not doing well (there was a layoff recently), why are the executives getting a fatter paycheck and why are you building newer facilities?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The technology needs to be taken to the next level and you need mid-managers that know what they are doing and will treat your everyday worker with respect. Probably best that you merge with another company that can help you get the technology into the healthcare setting because you certainly won't be able to do it with your current management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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