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"High tech, high speed"

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Former Contractor - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
Former Contractor - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
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Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Illumina as a contractor (Less than a year)

Pros

Illumina is doing very interesting leading edge work in gene sequencing. Some very smart people here, doing very cool work. Pace is very fast, change is rapid in many areas. The folks I worked with were looking for better ways to do things. On-site cafeteria is pretty good too.

Cons

There are some political battles and defense of territories. It was clear some struggles had been going on for quite some time and had become entrenched. It's a big company, with all the big company overhead and the burden of hide-bound procedures.

Advice to Management

Look for ways to get people's eyes on the task at hand, rather than on the political territory. Not all teams are on the same page regarding changes to methodology... better buy-in and more clarity about "here's where we're going" would help.

Other Employee Reviews for Illumina

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Disappointed"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast pace and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork, poor management leadership and guidance, does not promote work-life balance, and a CYA environment

    Advice to Management

    Either develop or hire personnel in middle management


  2. "One of the best companies to work for in San Diego"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Development Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology in a field that has huge growth potential and the company is the market leader. Work on something that will actually impact human health and understanding.

    The senior management has a proven record of guiding the company through many strategic decisions and is still positioned really well in the market.

    Campus is amazing, possibly the best in San Diego (beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, gym, amphitheater, koi ponds, cafe, Starbucks) and is being expanded with even more amenities.

    Software is becoming a key part of the overall strategy and there are tons of interesting projects and opportunities. Great place for talented software engineers. Lots of interesting "Big Data" problems that don't involve 140 character messages...

    Cons

    As most companies that have such extreme growth there are plenty of growing pains, but there are also plenty of opportunities. Departments that are cost centers don't get enough support, but this is not unusual.

    Layoff late in 2011 probably sparked more negative reviews than the company deserves. I've personally never been approached for weekend work, again this could be different in other departments, but this is 1600+ person company.

    Internal systems are sub-par and under-staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Re-invest in your employees and internal systems for the next 10 years...

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