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Illumina Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Innovative and fast paced environment (in 44 reviews)

  • Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is always a concern (in 50 reviews)

  • Fast-paced means goals/priorities change very quickly--it's not for everyone (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

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    "Driving Change in Human Health"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Director in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Leading-edge technology
    Great values and mission

    Cons

    Systems and processes are still catching up with the rapid growth of the company


  2. "Shaping the future of genomics"

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

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

    Pros

    This company is in a position to change the way disease is studied and diagnosed more than any other.
    -Fantastic technology for DNA sequencing, headed for the $100 genome
    -People are smart and helpful
    -New management hires are really great

    Cons

    -It's run as the biggest little start-up in the world. A bit of tension between the old timers who don't want anything to change and the new hires coming in with new ideas and the need to scale
    -Engineering hardware driven. So other functions that contribute to product success (marketing, software, ops) sometimes feel like things are thrown over the fence to them
    -Management doesn't prioritize so sometimes there is overload

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to make decisions about priorities.


  3. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor, Laboratory in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Supervisor, Laboratory in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Managers are open, available, and willing to enact change.

    Cons

    Very fast paced. Strap in and hussle up!

    Advice to Management

    Stress balance.


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  5. "Sr Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    great growing company lots of smart and great people to work with never a boring moment

    Cons

    company growing to fast salary base is set due to growth


  6. "Illumina"

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology and amazing employees.

    Cons

    Dynamic fast paced environment is sometimes hectic.


  7. "Fast Paced, Rewarding, Awesome Group of People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are definitely the best part of the company. We're working on new, interesting, and impactful technologies. Campus is beautiful, city is beautiful.

    Cons

    Incredibly fast paced. If you can't keep up, you're likely to struggle.
    Some workplace politics can get tiresome.
    Work-life balance is much better than it has been in the past, but is a continuing struggle.


  8. "time for some to shape up or ship out!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, people are dedicated to getting them out on time. Work life balance, very flexible hours, great benefits and PTO. Lots of loyalty and longevity.

    Cons

    They've made some status changes and got some growing-up to do in Hayward. Yert they're holidng on to archaic systems and software.
    Some folks are working their tails off to reach goals and deadlines and foster change while others seem to get paid just for showing up and socializing all day. They've been getting away with it for years so why change?

    Advice to Management

    Why keep these ineffective people around? They manage only to distract and disrupt others that WANT to get their work done. They've proven they can't or won't adapt to new requirements. They're making the job harder for others.
    Invest in some current process/operating software and some people who know what they're doing and are not afraid to enforce new programs.

    Illumina Response

    Apr 17, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We’re glad that you feel a connection to our products, and that you’ve found a good level of work-life balance! This feedback, while ... More


  9. "Reseach Associate 2"

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is incredibly friendly, smart, and approachable
    Co-workers and managers really care about your well-being
    Managers care about your career aspirations and recognize company goals is to create new innovative technology so they encourage new ideas and increased responsibility
    Hard work is recognized (within teams and company wide)
    It's clear CEO and Board members value their employees between programs offered, policies implemented, as well as interviews they give
    Company values are not just posted on the walls they are talked about on a daily basis and kept in mind with every project
    Lots of opportunities to branch out and meet other people in the company with other departments
    Lots of amenities
    Fast paced and meaningful work

    Cons

    Deadlines come quickly and priorities are constantly changing- not for someone who does not like change


  10. "Massive growth with subsequent learning curve"

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

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

    Pros

    No worries about layoffs. My current management team is awesome - they listen, take actions as they can, and don't micromanage.

    Cons

    Getting a new building up and running shows how inexperienced or naïve our decision makers were 2-3 years ago. The choice of contractors and architects obviously didn't bring their A game as the manufacturing areas are designed as an office, rather than as a 3 shift production facility.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink the totally open office plan and maybe have departmental-dedicated and supervisor meeting spaces, instead of a rolling file cabinet with a padded top.


  11. "Nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative work ongoing at all times

    Cons

    No flex work in the research side.
    Growth is a little difficult



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