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Affymetrix Santa Clara Reviews

Updated September 27, 2016
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Pros
  • Awesome team and great work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Nice place to work, good environment, nice peers, good benefits and flexible hours (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • keep in mind this was back when Affy wasn't doing great) (in 7 reviews)

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

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

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    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.


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

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    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.


  3. "Great company to work for, even when the company was going through it's growing pains."

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    Former Contractor - Library Technical Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Contractor - Library Technical Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are always ways to proof yourself. Individual Managers are great in parsing out workloads.

    Cons

    Like any other company, have to make the most of a roller-coaster economy, which means being lean and mean.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more, they do make a difference.

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 31, 2014 – Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Here at Affy we feel that it's very valuable to be able to hear from our employees. It's nice to see that employees are able to voice their opinions here on Glassdoor. This will allow us to better ... More


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time

    Pros

    Work with great minds and very goal driven individuals

    Cons

    competitive workplace and difficulty moving up

    Affymetrix Response

    Jun 25, 2015 – Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition and HRBP

    Thank you for your review!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Global reach - local feel"

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

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility: My department understands there's more to life than what happens inside this building. I am a proven producer, and have a lot of autonomy. My manager is comfortable with my judgment about taking a few hours for a Dr's appointment, leaving early to volunteer at my kids' schools, or flexing my start/end times around to fit with other commitments in my life

    Cons

    For a while, IT Helpdesk support was flaky or slow to respond. That seems to have gotten better over the last few months.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the team together! With changes in the business world, relying on the horses what brung ya will keep us going strong.

    Affymetrix Response

    Jan 15, 2016 – Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition and HRBP

    Thank you for your commitment to Affymetrix!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "workday HcM Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Workday HCM Consultant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Workday HCM Consultant in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Affymetrix (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its awesome company to work

    Cons

    Not much locations ,no more comments

    Affymetrix Response

    Feb 8, 2016 – Sr. Manager, Talent Acquisition and HRBP

    I appreciate you taking the time to write a review; thanks for your feedback!


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and trying to be a great company."

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    Former Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Systems Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Leading edge technology and R&D projects. If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be. Exciting and challenging projects. Great support on publishing papers in leading journals and in generating patents. Numerous internal seminars and presentations about new applications and technologies. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    If you are a scientist or researcher, this is one of the places to be - if you are not, you sometimes get treated like a second class employee. Company structure is top heavy. There are a few groups who have 90% VPs, Directors and Managers. There are people who think or act as though Affymetrix is an 'Ivory Tower'.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the petty politics and kingdom building. Focus on the fact that Affymetrix is a 'for profit' corporation. Remember that scientists are great for generating new ideas but usually poor decision makers for management or business.


  10. "software developer"

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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

    1. nice people
    2. good management
    3. vacation 4 weeks per yr

    Cons

    1. salary no increase for three yrs
    2. no 401k
    3. no sick day

    Advice to Management

    too many VP


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

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    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'



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