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Updated September 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, if you put in the effort to make it so" (in 42 reviews)

  • "fast paced environment where you can learn a lot" (in 63 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is good but more telecommuting options would help" (in 58 reviews)

  • "Ultra fast paced environment, high stress during critical release dates" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (13)

    "Move Fast and Embrace Change"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a very fast moving company constantly innovating and changing. I know many companies say this in their values, but here you'll feel it every day. No two years are the same, no two months are the same. Everyone is collaborating towards the same end vision; to unlock the power of the genome, to transform healthcare and beyond. It's dynamic and very meaningful. I find it very motivating to know the work we're doing is improving thousands of lives today, and millions in the future!

    Cons

    The Pros can also be Cons if it's not a good fit culturally. Someone who needs a regular routine or struggles with the undefined would not align well at Illumina. Because the company is pushing the limits of what's possible, and doing things no one in history has done, there is a lot of undefined gray areas. This can be a pro if one likes charting their own course. If an employee is looking for a more defined and routine culture, this is not a good fit.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the improvement on prioritization. There can't be many number 1 priorities. Forced ranking could be a useful tool to hash out relative priorities. Great trend here already, but still more to do.


  2. "My friends and family are always asking if we are hiring"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Export Compliance Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Export Compliance Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company really cares about its employees. They offer so many amazing benefits and perks. Here are a few: great health/dental/vision plans, gym, ESPP, competitive PTO for new hires, cafeterias/restaurant, food trucks, meditation/wellness courses, sports teams, summer concerts, etc. One week in July and one week in December the company shuts down so everyone can take a well deserved break. On top of all of this they continue to look for ways to increase overall morale and productivity. It seems like every few months there is a new opportunity, event, or perk to enjoy! :)

    Cons

    Honestly, have not come across any yet.

  3. "Amazing Company, Inspiring Mission, Caring Leadership"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Defining an industry that is revolutionizing healthcare
    Super passionate, smart people who genuinely care about helping others and doing the right thing
    Caring leadership that do the right thing and care about their employees and keeping the culture unique

    Cons

    Struggle with prioritizing goals and resources, markets are opening so quickly we shift a lot
    Growing so quickly we need to be better about adding the right level of process for scalability (without killing speed to market)
    Can be very SD centric, need to be global

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about employees and pushing the envelope with progressive benefits. Keep making decisions about what’s ethically right as we build a new industry.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Industry leader in genetic sequencers, continuous change for the better

    Cons

    Constantly changing = hard to keep up with sometimes


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great outlook, poor management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company outlook is excellent. Competition is building, but will take few more years to catch up

    Cons

    Poor processes, arm chair management that focuses in presentation rather than doing.

    Advice to Management

    Role model going above and beyond. Recognize employees and give credit. Organize teams, assign clear roles, avoid swapping projects and assignments.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Going in circles"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leader
    People / individual contributors

    Cons

    Lot of meetings with no clear outcomes

    Advice to Management

    Delegate decision making effectively so we can be productive


  7. "A Culture of Haves and Have Nots"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great to be a part of science that is changing the world. The company is widely admired as a great place to work in San Diego. Your friends will be impressed when you tell them where you work.

    Cons

    Like your old high school, the "cool kids" run this show and if you're too busy doing your job to be part of that group, you won't last. I watched a number of individuals targeted and pushed out one way or another. I experienced a whole department dismantled by new management and outside consultants. Most challenging was the dissonance created between what I was experiencing and the constant corporate drumbeat telling employees how wonderful the company is by focusing on window dressing (FTO, landmark real estate, and other distractions).

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire professionals on a contract basis--it creates a two-tiered society of haves and have nots. Don't slot people so narrowly into their roles--you lose out on collaboration and encourage turf wars. Aim for real diversity--there's a wealth of experience, knowledge, and viewpoints out there. Don't mistake the jargon sold by consultants for meaningful work performed by loyal employees. Sometimes the emperor has no clothes...

  8. "Informatics Product Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director, Product Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director, Product Management
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company sets ambitious goals and is willing to take risks. There is a collection of extremely bright and talented people there; most people work hard and pull their own weight. Market dominance provides opportunities for partnerships and collaborations with key opinion leaders, research institutes, and healthcare systems that might otherwise be hard to establish. Compensation is good to great.

    Cons

    Constant shift in organizational structure makes it difficult to establish a strategy and stick to it. This is especially true if you are in informatics, as Illumina struggles to define what the long term strategy should be. In my five years at Illumina, I observed a noticeable decline in high-velocity decision making.


  9. "A really cool place to work with ridiculously smart people."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    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!


  10. "Facilities Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Facilities Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance is important
    The company is rapidly growing
    Collaboration is encouraged

    Cons

    Some micromanaging because of limited management experience
    Shifting priorities because of lack of leadership
    Turnover in the department because of lack of leadership

    Advice to Management

    Develop managers for facilities like those in production.


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