Illumina
3.0 of 5 125 reviews
www.illumina.com San Diego, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Illumina Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.0 125 reviews

                             

67% Approve of the CEO

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley

Jay Flatley

(91 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Illumina is a fast-paced and exciting place to work with bleeding edge product development"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Some amazingly dedicated and smart people work at illumina"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "The worst middle management I've ever had in my professional career, the work life balance"
    in 17 reviews
  • "No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic"
    in 5 reviews
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    Project Manager Intern

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat people and atmosphere. It is a huge company that is really at the forefront of groundbreaking technology. The position was fun with a lot of flexibility and responsibility. Great mentors.

    ConsDesk job so there was not a lot of interaction with other employees.

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    Profoundly Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsSome nice, positive people. Great campus and cafeteria. They are into supporting altruistic causes.

    ConsDisorganization, paranoia, and sabotage seem to rule the day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop treating employees, contractors with disrespect.

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

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    Don't let the great products fool you

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIllumina has cutting edge products and is #1 in every market that it competes in.

    ConsIllumina suffers from executives who have not grown with the scale of the company and therefore think they are better managers/leaders than they are. It is much different to manage 100 employees vs. thousands. Execs need to lead by example and inspire others for the demanding work they place on their employees desks. The company is a bit of a country club where the execs reward each other and are very demanding of their employees with little rewards other than the stock price continuing to go up. I remember asking an exec one time if we should benchmark against other companies and their response was "We don't need to benchmark, we're Illumina." Overall I would descrite the culture as stuffy, arrogant with a depressing work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDouble-down on process and leadership. Hold your executives accountable include getting feedback from their employees.

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    Average

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits. Great products. My direct coworkers were nice. Very consistent 9 to 5 kind of job.

    ConsDidn't see much growth. Hayward felt like the step-child of the company, always had to prove that we were worthy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Learning Experience with Good Pay

    Technical Applications Scientist (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsExcellent compensation
    Great growth opportunities
    Colleagues are very intelligent and motivated
    A great challenge
    On site gym including group classes
    Decent cafeteria
    Beautiful campus

    ConsCan feel like a small fish in a big pond
    focus on improving instrument quality
    Improve customer experience by tailoring products to how our customer use instruments and software. Sometimes it feels like these are not designed with customer in mind

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to improve customer focus

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

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    Innovative Technologies

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Proscan grow fast, plenty of opportunities to learn new technologies

    ConsHayward facility is not good compare to San Diego

    Advice to Senior Managementexcellent work

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Located in the heart of San Diego Biotech center.

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

    ConsCompany 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).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

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

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    A bit chaotic but worth a look

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    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.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on hiring the best of the best.

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

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    Fast paced and making a difference

    Scientist I (Current Employee)
    La Jolla, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsMany 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.

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

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    Ever-changing constantly, some cool people, thriving, but needs a little more organization & stability.

    Planning (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGood thing they have money to keep expanding. The VP is pretty cool. Endless Summer Concerts with free lunches on some Fridays are nice.

    ConsThey seem to struggle a bit with stabilizing processes. Why not hire the experts who really know how to set up infrastructure? Maybe there are experts, but people keep finding bugs. Can't seem to get things done right and some of the people who seem great are really not that great. They cling onto job security, are passive-aggressive, but management doesn't even know or let's it continue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementChange for the better is a good thing, but things change so often that it's hard to keep up at times. Also, don't just believe that the core team is that great. Sometimes they are the problem. If someone needs people skills, just push them to take management class or ding them on their performance review.

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

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