Illumina
3.0 of 5 114 reviews
www.illumina.com San Diego, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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If the company had any respect for my profession, I'd love to work there

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I worked at Illumina as a contractor for less than a year

ProsInteresting technology, great business "space" to be in
Lots of smart people as worker-bees
Awesome campus
good place for someone who in the scientific part of the biz

ConsMy comments mirror many of the others....this company spends its money on the people who are developing the technology - the chemical, genetic end of the house is difficult to staff, and Illumiina works hard to find and attract talent to that area
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the rest of the business suffers as a result. Business process infrastructure and systems are old; documentation is bloated, poorly managed, delivery of information is neither nimble nor scaleable. Current systems - like SalesForce - are so poorly implemented their use is avoided. Software is old and cobbled. There is little project managment (ya know, a schedule, critical path, risks, a goal..?), and I was a little amazed at the arrogance of some people who insist on ignoring best practices..

Advice to Senior ManagementThis place needs a PMO office yesterday. Perhaps its acquistion by Roche will help push it into reality. My other advice would be to reconsider the grandfathered position bestowed on staff. The place uses a lot of contract workers. Good contract talent seems to be sacraficed and less productive staff remains. Bad for long-term health of the org. (See: teacher's union; tenure).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The company gives out a strong "holier than thou" vibe but could use a reality check.

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I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years


Pros: Hot technology, hands down leader in the market right now. Plenty of opportunity to learn new things. Revenue and cash flow have been good,… Cons: 1. You really need to be ready to drink the proverbial Cool Aid here and show maximum enthusiasm for whatever that gets put forward as… Advice to Senior Management: Come down from the clouds More

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cutting edge technology with a meaningful impact on society

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I worked at Illumina full-time


Pros: great location in San Diego. Brand new campus with good… Cons: Not much vertical movement within the company. Often times people are… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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