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Illumina Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Innovative and fast paced environment (in 44 reviews)

  • Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance (in 20 reviews)

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

  • Fast-paced means goals/priorities change very quickly--it's not for everyone (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "ILLUMINA INC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electro-Mechanical Assembler in Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Electro-Mechanical Assembler in Menlo Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is not super stressful and there are a lot of opportunity to grow within the company.

    Cons

    The supervisors can get lost in their own work and lack a relationship with their individual employees.


  2. "Fast Pace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Young workforce, upside potential, good salary and benefits

    Cons

    no work-life balance, long hours never let up, management all type A personalities.

    Advice to Management

    appreciate those who work 40 hours per week.


  3. "Great Place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Free Illumina swag.
    - Coworkers were willing to answer questions if need be. Noticed that coworkers who were unapproachable were let go.
    - Turnover rate not that high.

    Cons

    - Free swag because raises and bonuses were barely given out.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "So much talent and potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission, hands down. Great campus in San Diego, smart people to work with each day, and plenty of challenges to tackle.

    Cons

    Management is always in meetings and making decisions prior to getting input and participation from the front line employees who deliver day in and day out. Communication can certainly be approved upon, and prioritizing initiatives and projects better, verses continuing to add more and more work without reprioritizing and eliminating low impact work.

    Advice to Management

    With newly promoted CEO and President, recommend he be more visible and approachable. This was one of many strengths Jay Flatley brought to the table, and it helped gain so much loyalty from the employees. Hire a strong HR leader that truly gets the People Business. Hold management accountable to retaining top talent and creating a culture where their employees are included, and feel pride and ownership to the work they produce.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Nice company to work with"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Intelligent and hard-working people. Fast pace and positive influence.

    Cons

    not very good work/life balance, not enough training for new hires


  7. Helpful (10)

    "It depends on the team - amazing to huge disappointment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing resources, opportunity for job growth, and majority of employees are extremely hard working and intelligent.

    Excellent location.

    Best job I have every had. Universally respected company. Somewhat overrated but to the advantage of employees.

    Cons

    In general: too many meetings and "bosses" (especially for RA's). Low salary in very expensive area. Requires commuting in traffic.

    First year impression: Empirically-driven, brute force approach to product development. Much more reactive than proactive. Lots of resistance to non-functional testing and fundamental understanding.

    In certain teams (small fraction so far, but direct experience): decisions regularly made without data and justified with circular logic or opinion stated as fact. Interdisciplinary technology makes it difficult for management to assess talent of new hires/promotions in areas outside personal expertise - compounded by associating company success with personal talent/intelligence. Interdisciplinary technology also forces management to lead in areas outside there expertise, leaving management very vulnerable to bias - without understanding, decision-making is decided by who is speaking and how they are speaking rather than what they are saying.

    Still to be seen: A fair, merit-based bonus

    Advice to Management

    Raise standards for teamwork and ethical behavior.


  8. "Overall good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of very interesting work.

    Cons

    Changing directions too often; trying to be everything to everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  9. "Good company to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Bioinformatics Scientist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fast-growing company. Quite exciting. Friendly environment. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Sometimes the management is not efficient. Priority is not clear.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Driving in the fast lane all the time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible teams are all around, and you'll get to work with some of the smartest, most driven people you've ever met

    Cons

    Be prepared for lots of work, expect to need to work from home, check email from your phone. It's not for everyone, and be prepared to have conversations with your significant other / spouse about how much you're working

    Advice to Management

    The company is continuing to grow and transition into one of the biggest players in the industry while breaking into new markets. In the midst of all that growth, Illumina is at risk of losing the culture that makes it special and turning into just another industry giant


  11. "Lots of horizontal movement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very intellectual people here, and most of them are not the stereotypical science geek. They have a lot of creative and unique ideas that make things really interesting.

    Cons

    Moving up to the next 'tier' is nearly impossible without a PhD. If you want to work here in science, you'll need a Ph.D or try to move into engineering (a master's is recommended).

    Advice to Management

    Work on a better contract policy. Not guaranteeing a job in the future is not cool. Let the worker know that a job will be contract to hire or not, instead of playing the "let's just wait until the next year" game.



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