Illumina Reviews

Updated May 16, 2022

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year
    Featured Review

    Illumina's Dynamic Culture of Innovation and Inclusion

    Aug 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    My expectations have been exceeded in my first 6 months here at Illumina HQ! The culture invites innovation and diversity as though it's ingrained into the Illumina DNA. The foundation here is built on a solid commitment to excellence, inclusivity, innovation and a drive to push forward the boundaries of science in health care.

    Cons

    A challenge as an Illumina employee, is staying focused on your path forward as you move through a dynamic workplace environment with lots of exciting events occurring around every corner.

    5 people found this review helpful
  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Company

    May 14, 2022 - Desktop Support Technician Level III 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Cant think of anything negative to say

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  3. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Company - Fast Paced

    May 2, 2022 - Business Systems Analyst 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    As long as you're willing to be adaptive and take on new responsibilities, this is a very rewarding place to work. You will be given opportunities to develop your skills, learn and grow. They offer competitive benefits, including tuition reimbursement, which can be put towards certifications and other continued education. The environment if very collaborative, and people are generally willing to lend a helping hand wherever needed.

    Cons

    As with any organization, you deal with many personality types. Occasionally, there may be personnel who do not exhibit Illumina's core values. This is unavoidable, and does not represent Illumina as a whole. There are not many full time remote jobs available, so you must stay local to San Diego. Flex/onsite assigned scheduling where you come into the office 2-4 days a week is the most common practice.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  4. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Burn/Churn Culture on full display

    Mar 30, 2022 - Marketing 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Intelligent, motivated people Amazing mission and life changing products Future growth Benefits are good

    Cons

    It pains me to write this review but I felt I had to after being at the company >1 yr. My experience is more in the Oncology space but I’ve witnessed/experienced burnout like I’ve never felt before. The expectations for being “on” and connected are ridiculous. I’ve worked 50-80+ hour weeks consistently, working early mornings, late nights, always Sunday’s and recently while out of office. There are serious under staffing problems in some groups more than others, but overall, no one wants to speak out and speak up or if they are they are not being taken seriously. The vibe I get from higher ups/ leadership is that they’re working just as hard so you should too. I’ve never met more people who apparently don’t care about their own personal lives and freedom? It boggles my mind. The workloads are not sustainable and expectations sky high. There’s also no celebrating! Illumina does not embrace work hard play hard, compared to what I’ve experienced elsewhere. The people are wonderful but the culture needs some serious introspection if they want to avoid turnover like they’ve experienced over the last few years.

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    14 people found this review helpful

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    Your comments are concerning because they are inconsistent with Illumina’s policies and practices. We are committed to maintaining a culture that is open, inclusive, and fair. It would be helpful to better understand your experiences. If you are willing to discuss your comments, please contact an HR representative at HumanResources@illumina.com

  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Changing the World

    May 13, 2022 - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Everywhere you turn there is an example of the good this company does in the world. Working here is an adventure and it is truly what you make of it. Benefits are great including access to the Galleri cancer test!

    Cons

    It can be a bit bumpy with the high growth in the short term but so worth it!

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great place to work and grow

    May 3, 2022 - Sr Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, benefits, career path opportunities, the campus is really nice and very recently their no minimum requirement to work on site for PMO Department.

    Cons

    Very limited remote possibilities, resource tracking software (P) is a pain, onboarding training could have been better, PLM software (TC) is such pain to use

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    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great company

    May 12, 2022 - Customer Care Specialist II 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Unlimited flexible time off Work load is set per your district. You work your own pace as long as work is done.

    Cons

    At times limited staff so more work load ontop of yours. Inventory constraint not really company fault but hard for us to do our job. When there are fun company event our department gets forgotten. We still have to work while everyone has fun.

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Average

    Feb 21, 2022 - Dev Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good campus, Food trucks, generally good coworkers, many vacation days , FTO is more cost savings than pro employees though, impacting human health

    Cons

    Previous reviewers have covered the poor pay. Will cover some deltas. Engr 1 at San Diego pays 85 k Illumina pays 65k Eng 2 is 100k illumina pays 85k Sr engineer is 120k at competitors Illumina is at 100k Staff is 160k at competitors Illumina pays 130k Sr staff is 180k at dexcom Illumina pays 155k Illumina bonus is not paid every year even if company makes record profit. It is only 10 percent at sr staff level. Other companies are in 15 to 20 percent. Illumina stock grant is better than pharma company but laughably low compared to tech and semiconductor companies. Illumina has said they will do salary adjustment from below median to median..which means people who are at median and underpaid will have to find jobs elsewhere. This is reflected in huge attrition with everyone looking for exit and the morale is down. Normal raise is 3 percent. Promotion is around 5 percent if ur median and 15 percent if you are underpaid already. You will still be underpaid.

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    19 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great company to work for!!

    May 9, 2022 - Research Associate II in Madison, WI
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Illumina offers great work life balance. Salary employees get unlimited FTO in addition to two weeks during the year (week of Christmas-New Years and 4th of July week) were the company shuts down. Workload is very manageable and the work environment is very stress-free for the most part.

    Cons

    Training is a bit unstructured, but the amount of time given and good coworkers still allows it to be an effective learning experience.

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great culture, mediocre pay

    May 9, 2022 - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    While work life balance depends on your team and manager, overall its an amazing culture. Great place to learn and grow. Very collaborative and always open to fresh ideas.

    Cons

    Pay and talent retention not great.

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Illumina has an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5, based on over 1,699 reviews left anonymously by employees. 81% of employees would recommend working at Illumina to a friend and 84% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 3% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Illumina employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.0 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Illumina. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

81% of Illumina employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Illumina 3.8 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.2 for culture and values and 3.9 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Illumina to be career development, culture, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, compensation, management.

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