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Illumina Reviews

Updated December 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • You get to work in an a very fast paced ecosystem where everyone is completely dedicated to the same values and the overall goal of the company (in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is always a concern (in 53 reviews)

  • Extremely fast paced environment with lot of quick changes in direction -- not for everyone (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great people, great mission"

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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 full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart, dedicated people who live the values of openness, collaboration and moving fast. The executive team values employees and takes tangible actions to continuously improve the facilities, systems and environment.

    Cons

    Company has historically underinvested in systems and processes, and while Illumina is catching up, it is still somewhat difficult to get things done. Additionally, decision making is not a core competency, with many constituents pulling in different directions and delaying decision making.


  2. "Good overall company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment and people. Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Priorities change without much thought. Management is not consistent with the direction of the company. Lots of changes in personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer vision and stick with long term priorities

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Mission"

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's great to work at a company that's making a real impact towards improving human health. Illumina combines a lot of disciplines to unlock answers from DNA. It's exciting to come to work and think about how we can find new information from DNA and how we can use it to improve human health.

    Smart, driven, friendly people. Cube-farm layout means I can stand up and peak over to see if a coworker is available to help.

    Lots of PTO! 3 weeks PTO plus holidays and a few free days off for Xmas week and 1 week paid off for July 4 if the company is doing well, and holidays.

    Campus is beautiful. Includes sports courts, gym. Fitness center organizes sports leagues for Illumina employees during lunch.

    Cons

    Direction of company / teams could be a little more well-defined

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for all your hard work!


  4. "Research Associate 2"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Decent place to work, would recommend

    Cons

    Feels like going to school for a few more years


  5. "Field Service Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

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

    Pros

    hommization, tech directive company, great benefits

    Cons

    more and more localization, less and less freedom


  6. "I've enjoyed working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits. Enjoy the work.

    Cons

    Takes real work to move up, but there's some opportunity.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great people let down by poor senior management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great technology and very smart people who really care about their mission

    Cons

    Lack of accountability at senior managenent level leads to paralysis by analysis and little decision making. This leads to confusion about what our priorities are.

    Poor business processes and tools leads to daily frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Please listen to power of I results. We need to focus and we need tools that are fit for purpose (SAP is crippling us)

    Please make decisions and stick to them.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Technology and Operations"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Operations in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Operations in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working enviroment; beautiful facility
    Decent benefits and employee perks
    Advancing research to find cures for various type of cancers

    Cons

    Immature systemic and business processes
    Immature leadership and management in many business units
    Operates as a start-up
    No work life balance
    Work hard not smart
    Human Resources does not have real performance management plans in place
    Employees create their own goals and retrospectively update goals to meet deadline

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees with REAL development and career plans
    Develop succession plans
    Eliminate favoritism and nepitism
    Provide clarity vs. ambiguity


  9. "Amazing Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Facilities
    Current Employee - Facilities
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Focus on collaboration at all levels.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment.
    Work-life balance.


  10. "Sales Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology in a growing genetics market with many opportunities to advance. Many job titles to choose from in-house as well as in the field.

    Cons

    I have no cons to report


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