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Affymetrix Santa Clara Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Witney
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  • Manager depent on employees too much, they have no scientific knowledges (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Affymetrix Finance"

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    Former Intern - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Finance in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to understand "big picture" at all levels of the company and management.

    Cons

    Due to size of Finance organization, not a lot of different opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you!


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, awesome team.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement

  3. "IT is (was) a mess"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of, Human Resources supported and defended discrimination, not the rights and benefit of employees.

    Cons

    Although employees outside of IT seemed satisfied with their jobs, IT department was the worst job I've ever had. Management, all the way up to CIO, was the most incompetent, dishonest group of people I have ever worked for. If you're looking for a job where you're micro-managed, unappreciated, and treated differently based on your race, this is (was) the place for you. Hope it's changed.

    Advice to Management

    Watch your management, interview existing employees to (anonymously) audit the activities of dishonest managers and terminate them. Investigate kickbacks from consulting firms.


  4. "One of the best company to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work Life balance
    Working Environment
    Supporting team
    Company culture
    Supporting Management and HR

    Cons

    For me Nothing as of now


  5. "Sr. Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - S Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - S Project Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, good environment, nice peers, good benefits and flexible hours.

    Cons

    No reward for the long term commitment.


  6. "Hardworking and Rewarding"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hardworking environment for a great mission.

    Cons

    Competition is intense in part of the business. Culture after acquisition by Thermo Fisher may have changed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bright people, lots of positive change

    Cons

    Easy to caught up in the change process and work long hours, uncommon though

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving! The buyout has changed management, of course

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience, but progress is stifled by a lack of advancement opportunity."

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    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility with regard to hours worked.
    Health benefit cost is low.
    Fairly good lunch program, $5 per day.
    Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    Comparably very low wages.
    Lack of opportunity for advancement.
    Heavy workload.
    Management not transparent.
    Poor communication from management.
    "What have you done for us lately" attitude from management.
    Promotions and pay increases are tight to a very bureaucratic and red taped HR system.
    Pay increases are only given once per year and are very limited.
    Outdated equipment and machinery.
    Almost non existent R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more because the cost of living in Santa Clara is extremely high. Replace lost talent instead of expecting others to pick up work load permanently. Promote based on merit and not director favoritism.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and team oriented with customer focus.

    Cons

    Work load is a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork your team for risk of burnout.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great work environment and people"

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

    Pros

    The company culture and people is what makes Affy a great place to work. Mutual respect and collaboration is usually the norm at the company. The company does appear to really value the employees that work there.

    Cons

    There is a lot of initiatives going on at the company and it would be great if the company can really decide what to focus on and plan a strategy from top down to bottom up on achieving a smaller yet impactful set of goals.


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