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Updated February 18, 2018
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Pros
  • Work-Life balance is guaranteed (in 28 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 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is always a concern (in 54 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 (3)

    "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. "Great company to work for, possibly the best in San Diego"

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    Current Employee - Staff User Experience Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff User Experience Designer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, understanding management, transparent, cutting edge, futuristic industry, great mission, accessible leadership

    Cons

    Intense project schedules, growing at a fast pace creates some uncertainty and change, hard to predict future

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the customers that we build for and less on the "way we've always done it"

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to start out"

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

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Spent my first job ever at Ilumina; decent place to learn C#. This is a completely windows shop as far the devices go.

    Cons

    Not much in terms of raises or bonuses.


  4. "Research Manufacturing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy communication and great co-workers

    Cons

    worked the night shift difficult to get converted to full time

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina part-time

    Pros

    Amazing future ahead, very competitive

    Cons

    Getting larger and larger, not a start up anymore

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Overall satisfactory experience so far"

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    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

    Good campus
    Good, smart.. very smart people
    Good benefits
    Two weeks of additional vacation in addition to the generous PTO

    Cons

    Work can be very demanding.
    Sometimes Company changes directions too frequently and can be too secretive. That causes additional challenges (sometimes distress) for lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate the long term strategy and expectations to the employees better. Otherwise it creates unnecessary anxiety and is counter productive in the longer run.


  7. "Fix SAP and draconian QA."

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    Former Employee - Engineer, Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer, Manager in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Smart, collaborative innovative people. Always a "can do" attitude

    Cons

    SAP implementation was a disaster. Admit it and fix it. QA and regulatory people need to get a clue.

    Advice to Management

    Admit to what everyone in the rank and file already know; SAP was and continues to be an albatross around the neck of every employee who has to interact with it. Get some QA people who are consistent with their message, not the arbitrary and capricious "opinion du jour".

  8. Helpful (2)

    ""make it your own" opportunity"

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

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

    Pros

    Great teams
    Awesome and knowledgeable individuals
    Impressive culture
    Growth opportunities
    Fun atmosphere
    Benefits
    Pay

    Cons

    Lack of any significant training as you on-board
    Weak support systems
    Teams are small with significant workload

    Advice to Management

    Provide support to the key business entities
    Focus on hiring right people, over-qualification is not always a benefit
    Managers should focus on managing
    Dedicated support teams should focus on support, and then prioritize initiatives


  9. Helpful (1)

    "The people are what make ILMN great!"

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

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

    Pros

    - The people! I worked with some of the most inspiring people in my career
    - Campus sites vary but most offer similar amenities (gym, cafeteria, etc)
    - Benefits

    Cons

    - Work-life balance - to an extent an individual needs to manage this on their own but when you have an organization of type A personalities, people are going to want to push through and can result in burnout. Management tends to rewards the "hero's" and more is asked of those who continually deliver without assessing bandwidth.
    - Opportunity for growth can be limited and isn't as transparent
    - Greater need for development of managers - training classes get filled quickly and there aren't a lot of openings to begin with

    Advice to Management

    Breakdown silo's between organizations. There is a multitude of systems, processes, etc that each department is building without a coordinated effort. The company needs increased focus on what type of company do you want to be , and than act from there. Hold Senior Leadership accountable for adding "pet projects" or commitments that take up additional resources and put constraints on the business.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good pay and benefits but limited room for growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people you can work with.

    Cons

    Culture is suffering as company size increase but guess that is to be expected.


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