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"Located in the heart of San Diego Biotech center."

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Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
Former Contractor - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Pay rates are very competitive.
Near UCSD and many other Biotech companies.
Currently the leader in gene sequencing.
Good experience for Biochemists.

Cons

Company is growing too fast for management to mature.
Cheaper technologies threaten dominance in gene sequencing.
Not a good place to work if you do not have an advanced degree in biochemistry.
High churn rate. Best employees ping-pong with Life Technologies (competitor).

Advice to Management

None.

Other Employee Reviews for Illumina

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced and making a difference"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing. Incredibly supportive and brilliant. One of the reasons I enjoy my work so much is because I really enjoy the group of people I interact with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Many of the projects appear very under resourced. It appears that it is very hard to advance within the company. Illumina hires outsiders instead of promoting within.


  2. "Ever-changing constantly, some cool people, thriving, but needs a little more organization & stability."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Planning in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Planning in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good thing they have money to keep expanding. The VP is pretty cool. Endless Summer Concerts with free lunches on some Fridays are nice.

    Cons

    They seem to struggle a bit with stabilizing processes. Why not hire the experts who really know how to set up infrastructure? Maybe there are experts, but people keep finding bugs. Can't seem to get things done right and some of the people who seem great are really not that great. They cling onto job security, are passive-aggressive, but management doesn't even know or let's it continue.

    Advice to Management

    Change for the better is a good thing, but things change so often that it's hard to keep up at times. Also, don't just believe that the core team is that great. Sometimes they are the problem. If someone needs people skills, just push them to take management class or ding them on their performance review.

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