Illumina Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
232 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 11 reviews)

  • cutting-edge research organisation, very nice work culture with decent socialising events for employees (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • The worst middle management I've ever had in my professional career, the work life balance (in 18 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    hell in genomic paradise

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    Former Employee - R&D  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - R&D in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a great place if you want to make a contribution in the development of genomic technologies that will have a real impact in society

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company suffers poor management. There is lack of recognition, you have to work long hours, the culture and values only exist in paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start considering employees humany suffer beings

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    A waste of time if you are a mid-level+ employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great. This is an ideal company for someone that is fresh out of college that still needs to gain skills and be micro-managed.

    Cons

    The worst middle management I've ever had in my professional career, the work life balance. A lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please work on your middle management issues, and realize that seasoned employees that have several years experience don't need to be micor-managed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced, positive environment. Everyone is excited bc the co. is #1 and no competitor is close in the market

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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 as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fast, innovative, rewarding, positive, and advanced environment

    Cons

    That the new gym and amphitheater are not built yet ;)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This industry leader in Next-Gen Sequencing provides fast-paced, high impact, career challenges

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Culture of innovation
    Open communication channels
    Industry leading products
    Products being used to improve human health
    Strong R&D pipeline

    Cons

    Pace of change and rapid introduction of new products can make "keeping up" quite challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do less hiring from outside and more internal promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great company to start out at

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    Former Employee - Consumables Development  in  Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Consumables Development in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of freedom when working on a project. Had little difficulty getting resources needed, and lots of freedom on choosing how to approach a problem.

    Cons

    If you need a lot of direction, not the place for you. After you finish a project, expect to have to find your next one. Several times I would volunteer for a project, and be told to find something else to do. certain aspects of company culture are very elitist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need younger people in the company. Also need better direction from managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Welcoming

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The people here are super helpful. As a younger employee the everyone wanted to teach me somthing new.

    Cons

    There is nothing bad I can say

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fading Into Mediocrity

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    Former Employee - Various  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Various in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Illumina is a fast-paced and exciting place to work with bleeding edge product development. There are a lot of great people still working there which can help make it a fun environment.

    Cons

    Illumina has lost quite a bit of what made it special in their growth from a little start up to a dominant genomics company. They hire very good people, but then management doesn't trust them to make their own decisions. Top level management is still trying to tightly control everything.
    The transition to a diagnostics company, while important, is not really going anywhere. It likely won't until they make a radical move (ie, buying a diagnostics company or getting bought by a diagnostics company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people you've hired. Establish a path for career development and give the middle managers more authority to go along with their responsibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality of the products are dropping

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

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

    Pros

    Great people and fun work

    Cons

    It has changed from a start up to bean counter central

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the number of projects. Effort is too scattered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Finance/Accounting in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, very relaxed and transparent. The company has a lot of potential and has grown exponentially within the past few years.

    Cons

    Since the company is still growing, there are processes and procedures continuously changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good opportunity to make your mark

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    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Web Developer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Illumina has a very entrepreneurial spirit. The company has the resources to support it's employees and does so. Work environment is great. You will work some of the smartest people around.

    Cons

    Illumina is having some growing pains. The company is eager to transform into a large company, but at what cost. Not a ton of opportunity for career enhancing moves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek out and encourage the managers/directors that are finding the right balance of process infrastructure and aggressive, entrepreneurial spirit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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