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Updated May 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Innovative and fast paced environment (in 45 reviews)

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

  • Fast paced environment with constant changing of directions on priorities (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Reseach Associate 2"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  2. "Extremely Fast Paced, Respectable Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    expect to receive very close deadlines. Efficient time management is a must.
    Managers expect a lot out of you but are also concerned with your growth.
    Company keeps managers in check by doing multiple surveys for employees to voice their opinions.

    Cons

    Have to get used to last minute notices.
    Company direction seems to be faltering at times.

    Advice to Management

    Illumina started off strong with a precise goal. The company seems to be diversifying too much these days.
    Great managerial relations though.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Shaping the future of genomics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


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  5. "Excellent Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  6. "Illumina"

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    • 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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    • 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. "Massive growth with subsequent learning curve"

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    • 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.


  9. "Exciting Place to Be"

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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

    - Incredibly meaningful mission and work
    - Fast-paced, but good work-life balance, for the most part
    - Lots of growth means lots of opportunity, though this seems to vary by department
    - Great amenities, at least for San Diego headquarters
    - Opportunity to work in a global, and growing company. There's lots of learning going on at Illumina!

    Cons

    - Growing very quickly, which can lead to some chaos and pain points
    - Still need to iron out some parts of how we operate, there are definitely plenty of inefficiencies that can be tackled
    - Sometimes can feel a bit political, though my group is pretty good about not being political
    - Need more investment in people, tools, and resources to continue to scale to the next level

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to dig in to understand what pain points your employees are experiencing
    - Ensure that the values are echoed throughout the company
    - Make sure we continue to pay attention and support our regional counterparts, we need them to succeed!
    - Keep pushing on us to innovate and grow

    Illumina Response

    Apr 17, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for sharing your Illumina experience on Glassdoor! We’re glad to hear that you’ve found the fast pace, change, and opportunity exciting, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company depending on the team"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 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 very smart people
    - Great work life balance. This is also hugely dependent on the team though.
    - Campus is nice

    Cons

    - Not using the latest and greatest technologies

    Advice to Management

    Let your teams play around a bit with newer technologies

    Illumina Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – HR

    Thank you sharing your feedback and Illumina experience! - The Illumina HR team


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Compensation & Benefits
    Culture
    Satisfying Work
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not enough professional development growth/opportunities
    Matrixed organization - must leverage relationships to accomplish things (who you know is important)
    Few women in leadership positions


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