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Illumina Reviews

Updated July 12, 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. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Free arrive and leave time, as long as you work 8 hours

    Cons

    The Food there is not that good.

    Advice to Management

    Try to communicate more between different groups.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company that does not spend enough on staff."

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    Former Employee - Staff Cloud Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Cloud Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big data challenges. Collegial feel. Smart employees. Some of the most interesting technical challenges I have faced. Cool place to work because you don't often help cure diseases as a technical person.

    Cons

    Operations constantly under staffed. No work-life balance at current staffing levels. Growing so fast that lack of parking is a persistent problem.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Listen to your senior employees.

    Illumina Response

    Feb 27, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We’re happy that you found the work challenging, exciting, and for a great purpose. We certainly feel your pain on the staffing levels, and we... More

  3. Helpful (8)

    "A Sinking Submarine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty good technology, not the highest end nor lowest, and best support structure(Internal Resources, Documentation, Inventory, Training) I've ever seen from a company. Has the California take care of its people feel, but this seems to be changing. Lots of opportunity to grow. It's nearly impossible to fail at the job unless you are completely unqualified. Illumina is going to be an industry player for awhile but is running into headwinds. Wouldn't be surprised if a buyout happens. If you are on the right team than this would be a great experience.

    Cons

    The biggest con is Illumina's own success unfortunately; integrity has been outpaced by growth/greed. Very top heavy management structure in place so politics permeates everything. Mid/low level managers seem to be out for themselves and that culture trickles down to the field. Performance takes a backseat to who will advocate for you so people focus on playing the game(the official term used is "visibility"). People will literally lie and spread rumors if they feel it will advance their standing, if that means stepping on another's neck in the process than its OK, hence the integrity/professionalism issues.

    Advice to Management

    Time to cut the fat and create a culture of integrity. Mid/low level managers need a reboot and reality check on actual work, still unsure what they do aside from pulling metrics and playing politics rather than encouraging professional behaviors amongst their teams. Illumina has a near monopoly in the sequencing market, customers aren't going anywhere, just a reminder.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Company in Transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Mission driven company
    Technological leadership
    Smart and committed employees

    Cons

    Top heavy
    Lack strong vision for the future
    Culture in flux, employee engagement suffering

    Advice to Management

    Focus on improving culture and employee engagement
    Hire great leaders to replace the ones that have left


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just Okay"

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

    Pros

    Nice People to work with

    Cons

    All Contracted, few full time employees

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people full time and less contractors.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Zero work-life balance! Billions to be made if you are an executive!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The smartest and the best of the best scientist are there. Everyone wants to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Too many high priority projects, timelines are too aggressive and no work and life balance.
    Very top heavy
    Billions of dollars in revenue are made but goes to executives.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to set more realistic timelines and realize that Research Use Only products are very different than products that will be used for Diagnostics requiring FDA approval.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Applications Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leading technology. Nice office.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility. Meeting centric culture.

  8. "Slow growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Work toward launch great products

    Cons

    Low pay, uneven growth opportunity across departments

    Advice to Management

    Work on retaining current employees


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Top Heavy, Heavier, Heaviest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Like others have said, there's a bunch of brilliant and nice people at Illumina. The nice one's get over run by the sharks, though.
    The company makes a great product and has a strong pipeline in an amazing market space.

    Cons

    Very political. Organization changes several times a year, causing a lot of chaos and lost productivity. Just when things settle down, there's another org change to accommodate the new directors/ vice presidents they keep hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within and share all those bonuses and stock options with masses instead of all the top heavy management team.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Improve working conditions"

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

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

    Pros

    A concrete product with bright future. Many good engineers you can learn from.

    Cons

    Awful working confitins. On your first work day here prepare for a shocker. People are stuffed in very limited space like pickles in a jar. Most are very conscieos of the surroundings but if your neighbours engage in hours long chat about nothing good luck trying to concentrate.
    Benefits are well below average and tend to get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of people who work for you


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