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Not a great company to start out at

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Former Employee - Consumables Development in Hayward, CA
Former Employee - Consumables Development in Hayward, CA

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

Pros

Lots of freedom when working on a project. Had little difficulty getting resources needed, and lots of freedom on choosing how to approach a problem.

Cons

If you need a lot of direction, not the place for you. After you finish a project, expect to have to find your next one. Several times I would volunteer for a project, and be told to find something else to do. certain aspects of company culture are very elitist.

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Need younger people in the company. Also need better direction from managers.

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    Welcoming

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in La Jolla, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people here are super helpful. As a younger employee the everyone wanted to teach me somthing new.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad I can say

    Recommends
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    Fading Into Mediocrity

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

    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Illumina is a fast-paced and exciting place to work with bleeding edge product development. There are a lot of great people still working there which can help make it a fun environment.

    Cons

    Illumina has lost quite a bit of what made it special in their growth from a little start up to a dominant genomics company. They hire very good people, but then management doesn't trust them to make their own decisions. Top level management is still trying to tightly control everything.
    The transition to a diagnostics company, while important, is not really going anywhere. It likely won't until they make a radical move (ie, buying a diagnostics company or getting bought by a diagnostics company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you've hired. Establish a path for career development and give the middle managers more authority to go along with their responsibility.

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