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Illumina Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Innovative and fast paced environment (in 48 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is always a concern (in 51 reviews)

  • Illumina is fast-paced and there are many days with long hours (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Reseach Associate 2"

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    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. "Illumina has an extremely fast paced culture that puts a strong emphasis on the creation of quality innovative products."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies, friendly yet helpful colleagues, and an employee centric culture make Illumina a great company to work for.

    Cons

    If you cannot work in a fast paced environment that supports a technology that is making science fiction a reality, then you should look to a different company for work.

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, so should the push to nurture growth from within the company.

  3. "One of the best companies to work for in San Diego"

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

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

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology in a field that has huge growth potential and the company is the market leader. Work on something that will actually impact human health and understanding.

    The senior management has a proven record of guiding the company through many strategic decisions and is still positioned really well in the market.

    Campus is amazing, possibly the best in San Diego (beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, gym, amphitheater, koi ponds, cafe, Starbucks) and is being expanded with even more amenities.

    Software is becoming a key part of the overall strategy and there are tons of interesting projects and opportunities. Great place for talented software engineers. Lots of interesting "Big Data" problems that don't involve 140 character messages...

    Cons

    As most companies that have such extreme growth there are plenty of growing pains, but there are also plenty of opportunities. Departments that are cost centers don't get enough support, but this is not unusual.

    Layoff late in 2011 probably sparked more negative reviews than the company deserves. I've personally never been approached for weekend work, again this could be different in other departments, but this is 1600+ person company.

    Internal systems are sub-par and under-staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Re-invest in your employees and internal systems for the next 10 years...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "This industry leader in Next-Gen Sequencing provides fast-paced, high impact, career challenges"

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    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture of innovation
    Open communication channels
    Industry leading products
    Products being used to improve human health
    Strong R&D pipeline

    Cons

    Pace of change and rapid introduction of new products can make "keeping up" quite challenging

    Advice to Management

    Do less hiring from outside and more internal promotions


  5. "DNA Research"

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

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

    Pros

    Great Pay, Friendly stuff, Beautiful work environment

    Cons

    Nothing yt is has been a great experience


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fast paced and making a difference"

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing. Incredibly supportive and brilliant. One of the reasons I enjoy my work so much is because I really enjoy the group of people I interact with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Many of the projects appear very under resourced. It appears that it is very hard to advance within the company. Illumina hires outsiders instead of promoting within.


  7. "Innovative Technologies"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    can grow fast, plenty of opportunities to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Hayward facility is not good compare to San Diego

    Advice to Management

    excellent work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great, Till I was laid off"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good money, poor management

    Cons

    Long days and short nights

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


  9. Helpful (13)

    "One of the best companies to work for in San Diego"

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    Current Employee - Staff Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of time off. There are two company shut downs annually (summer / winter) where you get at least a week off that doesn't count against the regular paid company holidays or your regularly accrued vacation time.

    The facilities are amazing. The buildings are beautiful with a lot of amenities. The gym is great and has a lot of equipment and is very open. The locker rooms and shower areas are first class. The convenience of the iCafe for fresh meals, salads and everything else you could want. The coffee shops, and the free coffee pods in all the breakrooms keeps you going!

    The pay is very competitive, especially if you are granted stock. Between bonuses, salary, equity, benefits, 401K match, employee stock purchases, the total compensation package is very good.

    It's an innovative company that is exciting to work for. The speakers and seminars are current and interesting and it's exciting to understand what other parts of the business are doing to contribute.

    Cons

    As the company grows, it's becoming more bureaucratic because of the new global business processes and committees you need to get approval from before working on projects. The ability to innovate and move quickly is hampered.

    Advice to Management

    Manage the ERP implementation more carefully. This change alone has the ability to paralyze the company. Don't get rid of best in class applications like SalesForce in an effort to bring everything under one SAP solution. SAP is a kludgy system comprised of acquired systems and isn't a single architecture. It is cumbersome and requires highly paid consultants to make changes and fix breaks. The future is cloud-based, multi-tenant SAAS solutions. It would be great if Illumina had a dedicated CIO.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Company that is changing the world and lets you keep your personal life"

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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

    - Very open environment, upper management is approachable and friendly
    - Lots of opportunities to stay physically and mentally fit while at work (pickup soccer games at lunch, mindfulness class, organization sports tournaments)
    - Great pay and stock options are very lucrative as the company continues to grow
    - Company is making a major difference in how healthcare will evolve over the next decade, it feels great to be a part of a company that is truly changing the world

    Cons

    - Many business process are still in start up mode and need to mature (this is being addressed by an internal program, but progress is slow)
    - Some expectation of constant availability

    Advice to Management

    Have a larger vision of where we are taking our information systems and how we can utilize this amazing data we have


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