Illumina Reviews

Updated August 26, 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. Sst2

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Support Technician II in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Service Support Technician II in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, coworkers are always willing to help out, management provides opportunities to continuously improve. Looking forward to finding out more

    Cons

    There aren't any cons that I have come across so far. Must be able to learn the instruments fast but those are the kind of people they look for

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, I love working for this company and hope to make it up to this level in the future.


  2. Company culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Illumina allows reasonably flexible work hours depending on the manager. It is a young, vibrant workforce with a strong social and networking aspect.

    Cons

    Aggressive project delivery timelines and under-resourcing does not allow for good management.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure project teams are well-staffed.


  3. Planner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most people were great to work with and talented. Great product and nice facility. Good benefits and stock options.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Manager didn't know how to motive employees and had favorites that got special treatment. Still acted like a start up even though they are too big to continue to succeed that way.


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  5. Annonymous

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, smart, driven and passionate people who are genuinely willing to help and collaborate. Great campus and fabulous CEO. Great stock performance. Always something new and exciting. Fun employee activities (dodge ball tournament, gym classes, happy hours, clubs etc)

    Cons

    The workload is insane. The expectations are so high that even the most talented people get frustrated. You really need to understand that before coming to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Really think through priorities and resource


  6. Field Service Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    dynamic company with plenty of advancement opportunities; the Field personnel are outstanding and very welcoming; the technology is always advancing so little chance of getting bored.

    Cons

    its become a large company but still has a small company attitude which results in general inefficiency and frustration.


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    Business Analyst Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - A great iAspire Intern program with a bunch of exciting and intriguing events - Lot of exposure to different business teams and provide an impact to the company’s success - Hands-on experience on the latest technologies being used by the company - Opportunity to interact with senior leaders and get advices on career growth - Open-minded people who always welcome your ideas and act upon it Overall, a great company to get a jumpstart on your career and climb the ladder quickly.

    Cons

    Too short period to comment on the cons


  8. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, great culture, growing so lots of opportunities, great activities to get coworkers together (dodgeball, softball, concerts, happy hours, etc)

    Cons

    Can't really think of any. Growing fast, so in need of talented people looking to grow their career

    Advice to Management

    Can't think of anything at the moment, will have to get back to this one. Good company to work at


  9. Best Place for an intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The internship is a rich experience, providing all kinds of resources to learn new things with great exposure. The level of transparency is great, giving an access to understand the work culture and operations in all levels of a department. It is a great place to start a career. the mentors and the co workers are encouraging and open to new ideas. On the whole a rewarding experience.

    Cons

    No Cons observed during my internship period


  10. Great Pay Long Hours

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They treat their employess well with lots of benefits

    Cons

    The expect the best and long hours to complete projects


  11. Senior Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Open environment. Creative and interesting problems. Illumina creates technology that is having a revolutionary impact on medicine.

    Cons

    Many very smart people compete for a limited number of advancement opportunities. As a result, you could stand out and advance quicker elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to hire so many hard working and talented people, give them titles and salaries that are competitive with other companies.



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