Illumina Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 15 reviews)

  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people (in 19 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic (in 6 reviews)

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  1. keep up or drop out

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate I in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Research Associate I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly fast paced company, which is to be expected of a new world leader in a specific field. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. People here are extremely friendly though and love to cross train.

    Cons

    Expect a lot of you... Sometimes too much out of you. You're going to work your butt off and your manager will think it's normal.

    Advice to Management

    Notice how hard work is for the lower level employees. Don't just throw a weeks work in our face and expect results tomorrow.

  2. Great company!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome team. The products are doing really well in the market.

    Cons

    Pathetic senior management, Hayward doesn't get its due!!

    Advice to Management

    The company is doing so well - there's no reason to make employee's life miserable by creating so much stress (stretch targets)

  3. Fast Paced, great Culture!

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The team is young and energetic, open culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work hours can be long

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great innovative company with fast-paced culture and lots of growth potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting company vision that benefits human health. Illumina's solutions might be instrumental in curing cancer and other diseases. Dynamic culture with intelligent and high-energy workforce. Challenging assignments and career opportunities. Lots of growth potential. Strong financial rewards (e.g., RSUs). Stock is up 100% in past year. 2014 annual bonus paid at 150% of target.

    Cons

    Building this company into a great organization - and sustaining that growth - is hard work and it requires long hours and personal sacrifices, but the benefits are there for those who commit. Unfortunately, some people view this place as just another job rather than perhaps the most meaningful work they will ever do professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Drive operational decision-making down further in the organization. Still too much is centrally controlled by a small group of execs. This makes sense for strategy but not as much for operations.

  6. competitive salary and nice environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very competitive salary and benefit since the stock is coming up so quickly.

    Cons

    frequent reorganization make it hard to get to the next level

  7. Helpful (2)

    Hope to retire here

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    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting, impactful, interesting, challenging, rewarding, growth

    Cons

    Stressful, bureaucratic, political, growth, overwhelming

  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing technology and potential to change the world of healthcare

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company in an expanding market, right place, right technology, right time

    Cons

    Growing pains and empire building

    Advice to Management

    Develop from within, less use of consultants

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great mission and people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues around the world... some of the most talented and smartest people I've ever worked with, but also humble at the same time. Everyone is just driven by doing the right thing and our mission. It's inspiring to see.

    Cons

    Really high (almost too high sometimes) expectations of how much a single person can do. It's the norm to have teams of people working till midnight or beyond for extended periods of time or just on the regular. It's a highway to burnout.

    Advice to Management

    Really try to understand what's going on further down into the organization. What their view is may not be consistent with what employees experience. Spend more time with employees to understand their pain points.

  10. Staff Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good technology, improve human health, good people

    Cons

    not stable, too fast, too busy, underpaid

    Advice to Management

    invest existing employee, more focus on retention

  11. An invigorating, fast-paced and challenging place to work. Things change quickly here so you have to embrace that!

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very bright and motivational people to work with. There's always new opportunities to gain new experiences.

    Cons

    Things change quickly and this can be frustrating when you're in an area that is under-resourced or unorganized. You have to keep focused on the higher level mission that causes lower level discomfort.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with investing in the Operations. Marketing/Sales may be driving faster than we can keep up with.

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