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Affymetrix Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  • Manager depent on employees too much, they have no scientific knowledges (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work, and help make a better world!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've been an Affy employee for 4 years, and am happy to be part of a company that is making a difference in the world in so many ways. I enjoy being with my friendly, down-to-earth, hard-working and very smart co-workers. Our CEO, Frank Witney, has done an amazing job of turning around the company; and he's also a genuine, caring, and extremely conscientious leader. There is a lot of opportunity ahead for Affymetrix, and for employees who are willing to make the extra effort.

    Cons

    Affymetrix went through some hard times, and is making huge progress. Sometimes, employees need just a little more patience, and realize that we still have to keep watching the bottom line. Like every company I've ever worked in, we need to keep focusing on simplifying processes, and finding ways to keep the workload manageable while getting the best productivity we can.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating openly -- even if there is unpleasant news. Keep caring -- it shows that you are now better aligned and working together to help the company succeed.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 9, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear that you are having a positive experience here at Affymetrix.


  2. "A Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Affy provides good work life balance and the people are great to work with. The company is helping employees better understand how we are making a difference in the world. Hence "Biology for a better world".

    Cons

    Not all of us are technical. So sometimes the presentations that are shown during the town hall are complex and hard to understand.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the presentations that you show. Not all of us are scientist, but we all are interested in what you have to say.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for your review and feedback. The leadership team is continuously working on ensuring that our message is understood across our employee base. As an alumni, it's great to see that you are ... More


  3. "I enjoy coming to work every day"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Affy allows us to understand what we do and why we do it. I get to work with a lot of smart people, they provide good benefits and the salary is competitive. The culture here is very collaborative and offers opportunities in all different areas of the company.

    Cons

    Processes can some time be too lengthy and there may be more meetings than what is really required.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to help employees understand how they are contributing to the big picture.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 9, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    I appreciate that you took the time to share your feedback. It's great to have your comments in mind as we continue to improve the experience for employees here at Affymetrix. Thank you!


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  5. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Less of work-life balance, worked weekends when deadlines due

    Advice to Management

    Keep being supportive

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 2, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for being supportive as well.


  6. "Good place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company needs to consistently deliver on financial goals.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate


  7. "Making moves in the right direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with at Affymetrix. I have seen very little in fighting/politics. This makes it a very pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the company. Lots of good talent isn't retained and has left because of lack of career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to grow your younger talent in the company.


  8. "OK to work at."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Affymetrix facilitates employee work environment by being flexible, providing breakfast, lunch and fitness contribution.

    Cons

    Strong leadership with clear direction, low new product pipeline and employee growth


  9. "Not good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time

    Pros

    Close to home and OK working schedule

    Cons

    Manager depent on employees too much, they have no scientific knowledges

    Advice to Management

    Change management level from manager to Senior Director


  10. "Fantastic while it lasted, the best experience of my career....."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great products, great work environment, top compensation, (used to be) a true "techie" company in the style of the glory days of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Cares more about profits than keeping jobs in the USA. Shame on Affy!

    Advice to Management

    Move your engineering back to the USA from China and quit outsourcing engineering. You had the one of the best engineering teams in Bedford MA that has ever been assembled on this planet - and you threw it away to get into bed with the Chinese. Obviously you didn't know/appreciate what you had, therefore I guess you don't deserve to have it. Reassemble the old best-of-the-best world-class engineering team from Bedford and I'll come back in a heartbeat, because Affy was probably the best company that I ever worked for in my 1/3 of a century career.


  11. "Life at Affy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for impacting business
    Sr. leadership is looking for new ideas and willing to listen

    Cons

    Infrastructure is prohibitive to getting things done fast

    Advice to Management

    Promote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees


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