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"You can make a difference"

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Director
Current Employee - Director
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

Empowerment
Fast-paced, can-do attitude prevails
Supportive management
Authority and accountability pushed down to low levels
Beautiful facilities
Respect for all employees

Cons

Work-life balance favors work, difficult to take a vacation
No offices, even the CEO is in a cube. Management privacy is difficult

Advice to Management

Invest in stronger IT systems and IT staff to support general operations. Infrastructure is too frail to support growth. Staff too junior to develop robust solutions

Other Employee Reviews for Illumina

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be startup but getting more structured."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like these things then this company is for you.
    Fast paced
    Need to adapt quickly
    Embrace constant change
    Good benefits
    Great co-workers

    In my experience:
    Managers provide guidance
    Senior Managers provide updates regarding company strategy

    Cons

    Yearly raises not up to par with workload
    Sales are rewarded more then any other branch.

    Advice to Management

    If people are working hard all year, please allow all branches to have one meeting for 2-3 days to build relationships.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Fast-paced environment with many great co-workers but terrible upper management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly capable co-workers that strive to meet extremely aggressive project goals and deadlines.
    Before Oct 25, 2011 there was a solid cooperative environment with many people doing everything they can to help each other. There was a fair amount of in-fighting between groups over responsibilities, but it was getting better.

    Cons

    Terrible morale, which simply gets worse every week. Since Oct. 25, 2011, much of the development team has no incentive to do more than the bare minimum. Many former employees who have been recently forced to leave due to no desire to re-locate, have since found jobs elsewhere. This is encouraging those still working for the company to seek opportunities elsewhere.
    There is a large rift between the bulk of employees and senior management. Senior management seems oblivious to the problem or is simply too inept to address and improve it.
    Major favoritism with respect to promotions. Some groups see its team members promoted annually; others see team members go 3 years without a promotion.
    People resources are a hot commodity. A workforce that was lean before the RIF in October is now starving for resources on projects that are making the company money or will be doing so within the next year.
    Company seems to never provide enough instruments to its own departments to enable proper development and timelines.

    Advice to Management

    Fire some VP's and your chief medical officer. It should be obvious that when you fire 10% of your workforce that you should fire some of your most highly paid and under-performing upper management! Try setting aside enough money for next year to meet VCP funding for your employees. It may go a long way to reducing employee turnover.

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