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Updated January 18, 2018
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Pros
  • worked on an interesting product, work-life balance was decent (in 26 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 53 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is always a concern (in 53 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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    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. "Bioinformatic Scientist 1"

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

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Smart and Talented Peers
    Excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Slow progression and difficult to break into new areas/roles

  3. Helpful (2)

    "product manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    very diverse and intelligent work environment and always forward thinking. they have an on-site gym and sports programs at lunch but good luck finding time to do those things.

    Cons

    takes a long period of time to make decisions and get programs implemented, there's very little direction from management and excellence will not further your career

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with management experience, stop promoting people who shouldn't be managers


  4. "Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Growing fast and might not attract people looking for a start-up environement


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Software Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    worked on an interesting product, work-life balance was decent

    Cons

    product management often acquiesced to upper management's timeline/requests without hearing concerns of technical staff


  6. "great company"

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

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

    Pros

    the company has awesome benefits

    Cons

    entry level managers for non-core products are out of tune


  7. "Illumina"

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Open culture, innovative organisation, very technology driven.

    Cons

    Becoming more bureaucratic, under utilization of talent

    Advice to Management

    Push decision making to the lower levels of the organisation

  8. "It's fun to work here!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and work environment

    Cons

    Project planning needs some improvement


  9. "Clinical Trials Assistant"

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, benefits are awesome, and management really cares you and your growth in the company.

    Cons

    Processes for systems/workflows can be inadequate.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "HR Needs to Get Its Act Together!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    The company and its mission is just simply amazing! I worked with some of the most brilliant minds that I have experienced in my career. I loved the fast paced environment and the ability to innovate. The work itself is really inspiring.

    Cons

    HR needs to take a dose of their own medicine when it comes to its people. The HR department has been experiencing a lot of turnover and losing great talent over the last year. The HR leadership is really out of touch with the morale and the pulse of the department. The HR talent exodus has crippled the department's credibility and ability to positively impact the business.

    Advice to Management

    Allow Aimee Hoyt the freedom and opportunity to dig deep in HR and begin the re-building process. Please learn from the mistake of having HR report into a CAO and not the CEO as well as leaving the department within a leader for so long.


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