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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. "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in West Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sustaining company, ample freedom at work, great colleague.

    Cons

    The company management simply don't have any direction.
    The company lose focus on the market needs and focus on what they think the market might needs.
    Too many VPs and management staff make it hard to steer to the right direction.
    The marketing guys are sleeping, where is the sales??
    No advancement opportunities in career or training.
    Terrible management staff.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the micro array product and find out what is the other products that our customer needs. Put all the strength, manpower, resources in it.
    Shift the company out of Singapore, they are not helping us in cost saving. Frank, the loading is not high now. So perhaps it's time we start small again here in US, our own country. Can you believe how many manager and director in Singapore site? Is there really a cost save??
    Marketing and sales staff really need to work harder, is anyone monitoring the situation??


  2. "An excellent place to work with talented, bright people striving to make the world a better place."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Dedicated to employee growth and a good work-life balance. Great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    A pioneer in the industry has struggled against its own demons over the last couple years.


  3. "A satisfying place to work where balancing personal and professional was easy."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, and culture.

    Cons

    Upper management needed a refresh.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of talk about process at a high level, but not much in place to make sure processes are followed or understood at a low level.


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  5. "Too many vps, turn around too slow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Technology and field are wonderful.
    Old Gaurd at company are creative and a joy to work with.
    Launching products is fun.

    Cons

    Company gets in the way of its own success.
    Terrible growth opportunities.
    Poor reputation in industry.

    Advice to Management

    There is a fundamental lack of understanding on basic economic drivers at the company. If they understood the economics of their business, they would be able to lower cogs, allocate resources better and be more competitive.


  6. "Frantic Work Pace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products and interesting work environment. Very bright people. Great benefits and good salaries. Good sized company (1100 employees world-wide) and ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Very much a "hurry up and wait" culture with tinges of bullying throughout the organization, especially in Human Resources.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to employee surveys and follow-up on feedback immediately if inappropriate behavior and bullying is reported in any area.


  7. "A great place to work with great people however company is struggling to gain market share"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, benefits, flexiblity, managers, exciting work, lunch program, work from home option

    Cons

    Stock price, lack of market share growth, pay could be a little better, too many opinions from mid-upper management can slow processes,

    Advice to Management

    Focus on inovation rather than continue to market struggling products. Make sure products come to market after comprehensive quality control.


  8. "One of the best time of my working years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - QC Lab Analyst in West Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, promote from within, family atmosphere, market leadership, cutting edge technology, diversity, supportive upper management, generous tuition fee reimbursement program and prestige.

    Cons

    Management prone to make misstep, get out of focus and tend to be high flying leading to losing market dominance and leadership.

    Advice to Management

    They should have kept the West Sacramento, Ca manufacturing facility because it is the only property that Affymetrix, Inc. owned and practically new and immaculate when it was shut down and move operation to Singapore.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, but needs improvement!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Good benefits for a mid-size company.
    -Hard working and talented people, culturally diverse.
    -Fair spot bonus/ recognition program.
    -Great seminar program.
    -Provides a fair work-life balance.
    -Nice in house lunch program.

    Cons

    -Great technology that needs updating.
    -Aggressive time lines in product development.
    -Need rigorous in house product testing before introducing to customers.
    -Too many managers.

    Advice to Management

    -Unbalanced structure- too many managers for the number of people who work hands on.
    -Insecurity about future is making many good people leave, management needs to be more honest about company's direction.


  10. "A great place to make a difference in a growing scientific field"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products and some very dedicated people

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on 'face time'


  11. "Being Stable Attitude"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very unique technology and ample applications
    Skillful, Talented and Experienced resources/employees
    Good and friendly working environment
    Comparative salaries and facilities (considering Mid size company)

    Cons

    Beside having a talented resources not able to coverage in growth of business.
    Unbalanced organization infrastructure, Too many managers and upper level executives

    Advice to Management

    Too much focus on the Product development and lacking far behind in other functional area. Need DNA attitude (Daring, Passionate and Platinum) in other area for balancing/optimizing things.
    Need fresh/new resources who can think out side the box..


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