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Updated May 24, 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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    • 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. "Super boîte!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trainer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Trainer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Super ambiance, beaucoup d'autonomie, personnel sur-doué, mission d'entreprise formidable. On ne s'ennuie pas! Entreprise en très forte croissance. Excellent équilibre travail/vie privée (beaucoup de flexibilité).

    Cons

    Pas facile d'avoir un poste permanent. Illumina emploient environ 30% de son personnel en CDD. Pas beaucoup d'inconvénients sinon d'être entouré de personnes toutes plus brillantes les uns aux autres!


  3. "Great mission, challenging work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    The mission is exciting and all your co-workers are intelligent, motivated, and hardworking. There is never a slow day and you always feel like you're making a difference.

    Cons

    The pace is intense- there's a lot of effort into releasing a product, and then you move on to the next one


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  5. "Okay for a new grads, not much room for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great company and benefits, they have a lot of events for their employees

    Cons

    The work itself is more manufacturing than any sort of research. Really all about knowing the right people if you want to move up.


  6. "Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast growing and expanding company

    Cons

    not too much to say


  7. "Extremely Fast Paced, Respectable Company"

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    • 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.


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    "Great company, but maybe not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Planner III in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Planner III in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and work life balance in most departments, the company is willing to make the investment in hiring to keep it that way. Very innovative and not likely to do mass layoffs any time soon.

    Cons

    Some bad managers as in every company, but they're generally OK. Operations is always trying to keep up with the products technology fast pace. Tools to accomplish your job in a sustainable way are not the best so fire fighting and improvisation come with the job, which is more serious than it sounds. So if you like a predictable and in-control job this company might not be for you.


  9. "Great working enviornment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Illumina consists of smart working employees and dedicated leaders. They move fast to address any issues and challenges. The work life balance reflects the trust toward employees. They have systems and processes in place to continually produce excellent products and publications. They have a good view of the market and have a solid strategy and outlook.

    Cons

    The projects move very quick, you'll need to take the extra time to become an expert in your ever evolving area. Priorities are always shifting, ensure the goals and objective don't get lost in the changes of your project.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic culture. Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    None None none none none


  11. "Great Technology"

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

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, cutting edge, lots to learn.

    Cons

    Management direction is not clear. Confuses employees. No career development.


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