Illumina Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley
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Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 15 reviews)

  • Illumina hires very highly educated smart people, nowhere in one place I have seen so many Phds people working together at the same time (in 14 reviews)

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

  • 72 hours a week or so and no work life balance is requested of you as standard operating procedure (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Research Associate - 2

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate-2 in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate-2 in La Jolla, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    this is a growing company

    Cons

    work life balance is not that great


  2. Not as good as it used to be

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Prestige of being associated with a very successful, groundbreaking company.

    Cons

    Too many silos.
    Poor middle management.


  3. Good career, have to work for it.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Great recognition, with good benefits and beautiful company.

    Cons

    Definitely had to work hard, long hours to get this.


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  5. Hologic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Good work life balance, ok benefits, good people to work with

    Cons

    Too many leadership changes, poor long term planning, salary not that high


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great people and benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Web Designer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

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

    Pros

    Great culture with smart, easy-going people. Company has incredible potential with lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    main campus is getting tight.

    Advice to Management

    We need more cafeteria room


  7. The Next Phase

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The environment is pretty, the facade is attractive, the products hold promise, the revenues prove customer buy-in, company potential and mission statement are compelling.

    Cons

    The workload can be excessive, and no help considered or capable from management. Operations trying to scale, but playing catch up, grasping at straws. Most important, the gaping hole in the quality control process desperately needs to be remedied and Quality department to be empowered. Think of the stars that shine brightly, only to burn out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct internal audits, hire 3rd party auditors. Focus on product quality to retain customers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    fast paced environment

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's a lot of great people you can learn from here.

    Cons

    You need to learn work life balance or you will be burnt out.!


  9. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Advanced Research Group Pros:
    Cutting edge next generation sequencing research
    Work environment is relaxed relative to company
    Fantastic People & Talent
    Motivated and visionary director

    Cons

    Advanced Research group Cons:
    Underpaid employees relative to the company standard
    Too many contract employees for too long
    Don't see many women in senior positions
    No positive reinforcement
    Employee Retention is poor


  10. Senior Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Work and good colleagues, Career path is limitied but once you go external you are able to find other companies that see the value in our skills and expereince.

    Cons

    The Recruiting team is terrible and don't have an active pipleine to support hiring needs of the Organization. I have interviewed many candidates and they subtley provided that candidate experienc is not good.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the Talent Acquisition Department and start over.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Job culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company , very busy, good benefits.

    Cons

    No work,life balance all .good place if you don't mind working 14 hour plus days.



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