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Good people, questionable job satisfaction

Technician (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

ProsFlexible Hours (you can come in whenever you want as long as you get 40-50 hrs a week)
As many overtime hours as you can stand to do
Genuinely good hearted, down to earth people who work here
Diverse employee group (both racially and age-wise)
Good in-house cafe
Higher-ups with occasionally buy us lunch

Cons3/4 of the workforce are "temps," which allows the company to hire us for 40-50 hours a week without benefits, so no paid time off, no vacation, no sick days
Typical corporate culture (i.e. culture-less workplace)
Production process an environmental disaster (tons of trash with minimal recycling program)
Job involves starting at a computer screen about 90% of the time
Job nature is pretty boring - assembly line type atmosphere with 0 creativity involved
Mostly a solo job - you work in solitude most of the time
Poor gender ratio is bad for everyone! (10 to 1 guy to girl ratio in my department)

Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating your manufacturing floor employees like unimportant temp workers! We work our asses off to make the machines which make you millions of dollars, you could at least hire us on with benfits! The "economic downturn" is no excuse for unethical hiring and unfair compensation. Allow us to choose our own vacation time - don't ask us to work the weekend to "make the numbers," and then force us to take off a full week for christmas when we dont get paid for it! I dont even celebrate christmas!

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Okay but could be better - Could be just growing pains

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina


    Pros: Excellent technology, friendly employees, work environment is okay. I've seen worse and I've seen better. This company has grown by leaps and bounds in… Cons: Work life balance has not really improved. Even with all the new people that are hired. I think this has to do with the… Advice to Senior Management: Let's just say that you work so hard for several years and you love what the company stands for, but it is a thankless job.… More
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    2 people found this helpful  

    Non-work life takes a beating

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina


    Pros: Mostly smart, competent, and friendly people. Leading-edge technology. Cons: Depending on who your manager is, your work life can be a dream or a nightmare. Regardless, overtime is commonplace. You may think your initial… Advice to Senior Management: Implement anonymous peer reviews No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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