Illumina - A really cool place to work with ridiculously smart people. | Glassdoor
  1. "A really cool place to work with ridiculously smart people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    You are working with some of the brightest and most motivated people on the planet. I have worked for big names such as Tesla, and this place is a nerd paradise. It is fast paced and you will never be bored. Also, the work/life balance is pretty decent considering the high level at which we operate. Finally, this is easily a career company, which really takes a proactive interest in growing it's employees.

    Cons

    It's funny that this is a required section. I can't think of any really. However, I will say that you must have work ethic and a team mentality to thrive here. All good stuff :)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Everyone from front line managers to the CEO are committed to our mission. Thanks for choosing to hire me!

    Illumina2018-08-28
  1. "Culture at Illumina"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in Foster City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Collaborative environment with a great purpose

    Cons

    Large company and sometimes difficult to navigate and find information

    Illumina2019-08-17
  2. Helpful (9)

    "No Accountability and No Loyalty to Employees"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Illumina's overall mission is great, to unlock the power of the genome. The applications are wide and the impact is huge. Estimated 90% of all genomic data has been sequenced by an Illumina instrument. Base pay is average, but total compensation is competitive. Restricted Stock/Bonuses make up the difference to make total compensation. Benefits are competitive and company culture is pretty fun. Plenty of extracurricular...

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    Cons

    The company stock recently dropped almost 20% due to lowering guidance. This is actually the second time in 4 years this has occurred due to failures within the commercial organization to project and execute sales. The first time this occurred caused the entire company to be denied their bonuses that year and led to some layoffs. After the stock plunge our CEO announced that there would not be any company wide layoffs....

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    Advice to Management

    Hold poor performing organizations accountable for failures that impact the entire organization, does't even need to be real, just a perception of accountability will do. Promote a safe culture for the employees, don't just let it be legal jargon on a piece of paper. Push for more diversity in hiring and leadership, particularly minorities/women.

    Illumina2019-08-21

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