Illumina Reviews

Updated July 10, 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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    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. Helpful (1)

    Opportunities available

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move around within the company

    Cons

    hiring a lot of middle managers


  3. Aspirational Company

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

    Great working for an innovative company at its relative infancy. Huge growth opportunities. Scientific history in the making.

    Cons

    Growth comes at a cost, work life balance, relentlessly driven.

    Advice to Management

    Drive the improvements that will allow for scalable growth. HR needs an overhaul.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mostly OK, few serious issues

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People in R&D are genuinely excited about the company and its products. The silo complaints that seem so prevalent here is, in my experience, a non-issue. The has NEVER been an instance where I have not gotten the information or help I needed from another group or department.

    Cons

    HR needs to gets its act together. Hiring practices are a mess, the equity curve appears non-existent. People with similar backgrounds and vastly different levels of experience are hired at similar, sometimes inverted levels. The promo rates vary widely group to group, even in similar functions. There appear to be few checks and balances in the annual review process to ensure consistency across groups and departments. And yes, the business systems are a mess and the GBP process is, so far, a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring, firing, and promotions are core management functions. Define and enforce consistent policies and standards, get HR to do its job because it currently is not. Develop a bench around Jay because now he is surrounded by yes men and women and makes all the decisions.


  6. Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Bright people. Innovative technology. Unlike some bigger companies there doesn't seem to be a lot of dead weight. Most people you interact with are very good at what they do.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Management changes strategy often without notice. Decisions often made at the top without involvement from others. That can leave others out of convo.

    Advice to Management

    Empower mid level leaders


  7. Great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced, innovative, medical impact and fun

    Cons

    Growing company with evolving processes

    Advice to Management

    Increase level of mentorship to younger leaders


  8. Positive Future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - California 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

    Working with amazing people and effective collaboration. Flexible schedules are great for work life balance.

    Cons

    Growth of company impacts the roles and responsibilities of many departments and teams. Hiring should be thought through in more detail to prevent groups working in silo'd fashions.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management should offer peer-to-peer evaluations to keep quality of employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    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.


  10. 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


  11. Good career, have to work for it.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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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