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Updated April 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, if you put in the effort to make it so (in 36 reviews)

  • fast paced environment where you can learn a lot (in 59 reviews)

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

  • Dynamic fast paced environment is sometimes hectic (in 37 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Great people, great mission"

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    • Culture & Values
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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. "Strong leadership...a mission to believe in"

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Great reminders of the important work we all do at the company through several channels to keep us all motivated. CEO holds MONTHLY (not quarterly) all-hands meetings to share the great news around the company. Interesting work with lots of latitude to make an impact in a meaningful way. My direct manager and beyond are top notch. I'm very pleased I joined recently and the recent stock bump is just icing on the cake!

    Cons

    None that I can think of...oh maybe, it's nearly impossible to get on the softball team...and there's 20 teams! There's always next year.

  3. "Purpose-driven career"

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Illumina has amazing people who are very collaborative and committed to the company's mission. It's never boring, you can make an impact and there is minimal politics.

    Cons

    The pace is very intense and demanding, not for the faint of heart.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on making the employee experience great and balancing priorities so as not to burn people out.


  4. "Great Company Benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and culture. I love the company events and facilities here.

    Cons

    Internal origination is sometimes a challenge to navigate.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Fast-paced, exciting place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with really smart people in a truly innovative environment where every employee is strongly encouraged to do great things

    Cons

    Can be overwhelming if you're not the kind of person who excels in this kind of environment; can become all-consuming if you let it

    Advice to Management

    Our company culture and focus on our values set us apart as a great place to work - don't lose sight of that as the company continues to grow


  6. "Great First Impression"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina part-time

    Pros

    Very professional environment. People seem motivated and well informed on what goes on around the company.

    Cons

    Hiring process took about 2 months from start to first day of work.


  7. "Great company in an exciting field"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    -Great products
    -Transparent leadership
    -Progressive company
    -Industry leader in society changing field

    Cons

    -Need to write five words here

  8. "Great Company with Amazing 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 a year)

    Pros

    Everyday you get to show up to work with people who are extremely passionate about improving human health.
    State of the art facilities that promote healthy life styles (i.e. gym, intramurals, iCafe, ability to work freely on campus)

    Cons

    Sometimes we move to fast to appreciate work that has been accomplished.


  9. "Innovative Company growing at a fast pace"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovation, career growth, gain experience in areas beyond expertise, benefits

    Cons

    growing at a fast pace making it hard to keep up with up-to-date technology innovation

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!


  10. "One of the best places to work in San Diego"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great compensation, awesome benefits, beautiful HQ, and the ability to work with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

    Cons

    Ultra fast paced environment, high stress during critical release dates


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