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A bit chaotic but worth a look

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Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

Pros

- Beautiful campus
- Many smart people
- Continuously trying to improve

Cons

- No free snacks!
- Fast growth has led to patchwork levels of maturity in business processes, policies, capabilities. You have to land in the right group.
- Fast growth has resulted in many people managing more than their skill set supports.

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Focus on hiring the best of the best.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Located in the heart of San Diego Biotech center.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay rates are very competitive.
    Near UCSD and many other Biotech companies.
    Currently the leader in gene sequencing.
    Good experience for Biochemists.

    Cons

    Company is growing too fast for management to mature.
    Cheaper technologies threaten dominance in gene sequencing.
    Not a good place to work if you do not have an advanced degree in biochemistry.
    High churn rate. Best employees ping-pong with Life Technologies (competitor).

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    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Fast paced and making a difference

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing. Incredibly supportive and brilliant. One of the reasons I enjoy my work so much is because I really enjoy the group of people I interact with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Many of the projects appear very under resourced. It appears that it is very hard to advance within the company. Illumina hires outsiders instead of promoting within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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