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Dysfunctional and Proud of It!!

Senior Research Associate (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

ProsNice campus, iCafe, company parties are fun, stock is going up, some nice people

ConsIf you love working then this is the place for you because you'll be here morning, noon, and night. La Jolla in the dark will become a very familiar sight. It's not just the aggressive schedules that will keep you at work. A good part of the work will be created by the overall lack of planning of the projects that you'll work on. This is kind of amazing since Illumina is filled to rafters with middle managers. I guess they spend so much time falling over each other that they don't have time to manage anything.

The cherry on top of all of this is that your hard work is unlikely to be rewarded. Illumina makes no bones about the fact that it will not give internal candidates preference in hiring for open positions. It's quite frustrating to see external job postings for positions that you (and likely many of your colleagues) are qualified for. The best strategy for advancement at Illumina is to do good work, leave for a few years, and then come back at a higher level.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Not great

    Technical Applications Scientist (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years


    Pros: Cafeteria, RSU (stock), company is doing very well Cons: Schedules are unrealistic, work/life balance suffers greatly, bloated middle management that slows everything down, lots of silos,… Advice to Senior Management: Illumina should be one of the best places in San… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work, few promotional/developmental opportunities unfortunately

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than a year


    Pros: Great culture, employee centric, good benefits, great facilities. Cons: Few opportunities for advancement beyond leaving. Advice to Senior Management: Few opportunities for advancement beyond leaving. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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