Illumina Reviews

Updated February 8, 2016
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Illumina CEO Jay Flatley
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Pros
  • Fast-paced, market leader in sequencing leading the way in revolutionizing healthcare (in 32 reviews)

  • Flexible schedules are great for work life balance (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is out of whack (in 33 reviews)

  • No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "We're Going to Help Cure Cancer and I Wouldn't Work Anywhere Else"

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

    Pros

    Mission driven company with amazingly smart, talented and dedicated employees. Great environment with "A" players. It's always fast paced and exciting. Expect to do great work. Expect to be challenged.

    Cons

    There are so many opportunities - don't expect a lot of "down time."


  2. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous stock compensation, great leadership, fast growing

    Cons

    Slow promotion, bad commute, low base salary, small dining area


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Need some improvement in employee time off benefits"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful campus and amazing energy. Bright future and lots of opportunity. Exciting products and purpose. Good coffee always available. Great gym.

    Cons

    PTO is minimal; especially if you are new you have zero sick time accumulated so good luck if you get sick. Health insurance is pricey especially for those with families. 401k can improve; matching needs to be improved. Cafeteria offers terrible food. Some teams are so overworked that they end up not being efficient. Too much of the blame game. 20 days off including sick and personal time off leaves people at the mercy of their manager's discretion taking away the employee's right as to when to take time off. It's scary to know very few employees have been there for long. A health clinic on campus would be amazing.


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  5. "Sr Director"

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

    I have been working at Illumina (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, market leader in sequencing leading the way in revolutionizing healthcare. Fun, if at times chaotic, company that has the potential for significant growth in the years to come.

    Cons

    Fast-paced and maturing company means immature processeses. Illumina has the normal challenges that go with a company that is relatively young.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to push decision-making lower in the organization. Empower and entrust your lower level leaders to help drive the growth in front of us.


  6. "Amazing company"

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Super talented people -- I've never worked anywhere with this caliber of people. Interesting and challenging problems motivate people to work hard (complex engineering, biochemistry, SW/Informatics). Company is growing and making good profits leading to lots of opportunities. Company on the leading edge of revolution in medicine and diagnostics.

    Cons

    Extremely fast paced environment with lot of quick changes in direction -- not for everyone. As noted in many other reviews, the company is run more like a start-up so work/life balance can suffer (just like a start-up). Company is in transition and many processes and infrastructure is going through growing pains (again, just like a start-up).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you've been doing -- managing short term growth with a broad strategic outlook.


  7. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at Illumina (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people and a very good company

    Cons

    Nothing negative to add. Illumina is a very good company.

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. "Internal Audit Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Intern in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Internal Audit Intern in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture, motivation to contribute to the big cause, inclusion

    Cons

    There is no such con


  9. "Doesn't value their employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I think the products of this company are cutting edge, meaningful and life changing. Their mission is great and noble.

    Cons

    The company doesn't value their employees, has one of the worse severance packages (almost nothing) when laying off employees. Their HR had trouble delivering even the little that was promised. Also no maternity leave benefits except what is given to the mother by the state of California.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people better. Don't be too stingy with the severance package, especially when the company is doing great.


  10. "One of the better companies to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Strong values and good corporate atmosphere. Less power clashes and more about empowerment to get done what needs getting done. Rewards you for attaining new skills. Listens to employees opinions and values constructive criticism. Excellent benefits program and profit sharing.

    Cons

    Shrinking economy left a tightening effect on available benefits however less so than I've witnessed at comparable companies. Still worth it.

    Advice to Management

    You are obviously doing something right, so keep doing what you are doing. Work hard and play harder.


  11. "Growing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer II in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a great line of products and is rapidly growing. Do not expect to be bored at illumina as everyone has a heavy workload. The company is in a transition period to become more diagnostic based so there is lots of places for work and opportunity. The areas of medicine that illumina is contributing too (NIPT, Cancer, Agriculture, other diseases) through their technologies helps to provide a self worth to all those who work for the company.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very difficult to maintain at illumina. The expectations is that everyone works 50-60 hours and takes work home with them at night and on the weekend. The company does a poor job of resourcing projects and will often burn people out and set them up for failure. The company touts "embracing change" but change at illumina can be like pulling teeth. The company has a poor system of performance compensation that does not rewards most people for performance but rather for time accrued at the company. Vertical growth within an organization is often limited, moving up the chain usually involves switching groups. The companies human resources group is not willing to listen or initiate change on behalf of the employees. They promised to look into affordable child care options for employees and to also look into changing maternity benefits but neither of these things has occurred in over three years. As a company that is trying to break into the NIPT market, illumina's benefits are actually very anti-family.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees based off performance. Don't be afraid to promote within your own group instead of bring new people from the outside into leadership positions.



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