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Illumina Reviews

Updated June 21, 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 46 reviews)

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

  • Can be too fast paced, things are not always done the best way (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing"

    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Deeply held mission, amazing products, bright people, great customers. Have had some recent turnover of sr. Executives who had stayed beyond their expiration date, so that's a good thing. Love former and current CEO.

    Cons

    Run too lean for employees to performe at their best. Not enough women in leadership positions. Upward mobility only for those with the right relationships. Personal workspace size shrinking to much for productivity to thrive.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the people we need. Please don't continue to shrink the workspaces. Help to educate sr. Execs of their blind spots. Give more employees true career development opportunities.

    Illumina Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for sharing your experience here at Illumina, and we’re glad that you feel connected to our mission! We’ve hired hundreds of people this year and currently have nearly 400 openings. As ... More


  2. "Production Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Up and coming company with great products and good people

    Cons

    Company moving to fast. Sr. management could listen and get involved more with the everyday workers.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Service and Support in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Service and Support in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am so proud to work for this company. The mission we have to improve human health is the belief of every individual in this company. Great team, great people, sense of pride of every year being named amongst the 10 top innovative companies.

    Cons

    Getting too big which has a downfall of losing our culture. We are hiring lots of Executives from outside and there is always the fear of whose culture will the company take illumina or all the people coming from outside.

    Advice to Management

    Keep our culture alive and listen to you employees closer to your customers.

    Illumina Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for investing the time to post your feedback, and sharing what it's like to work at Illumina! - The Illumina HR team


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Culture"

    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

    Compensation & Benefits
    Culture
    Satisfying Work
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Not enough professional development growth/opportunities
    Matrixed organization - must leverage relationships to accomplish things (who you know is important)
    Few women in leadership positions


  5. "Illumina"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, friendly young environment, flexible work environment, and great starting PTO/company holidays

    Cons

    Less competitive salary and many people work a lot of over time without extra benefits


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Hyper political workplace."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good PTO system.
    good benefits package.
    stock is great of you have a lot of it.

    Cons

    Promotions based on friendship's and work place politics. Very volatile and toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    None, because it's the problem.


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Great Technology but......"

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology. They are the self proclaimed leader in NGS technology.
    Incredibly Smart People
    The SD headquarters campus is world class. Awesome amenities

    Cons

    Toxic environment and very politically charged
    A Cabal of elitists. Some really smart , humble people here-then you have people who just think they're smarter than everyone else, so don't even think about asking a stupid question. I've had people laugh at me for asking questions outside of my knowledge-base. Yeah, don't do that. Don't be lazy-just do your own research. Don't dare ask anyone.
    Main focus is to push products out the door-forget about Quality!!!!
    If you don't do the following things, you won't likely be successful here:
    -walk around with your chest out
    -Be everyone's friend. Play the political angle
    -Speak up in meetings, even if you don't have anything to add-just agree or something...say something and say it confidently

    Advice to Management

    Don't know-all the ones I know all left....

    Illumina Response

    Feb 27, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your honest feedback, and we’re sorry that your Illumina experience is so inconsistent with our culture and values. Our employees and our culture is what ... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Scaling up to compete with the big guns"

    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

    Amazing sense of purpose and mission to serve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Incredible people with very strong levels of pride in the work they do. A great culture of collaboration and innovation to do good in this world. Good compensation and benefits. Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance.

    Cons

    The pace my not be for everyone, although I personally enjoy the level of engagement it brings. We are still a company that is growing and evolving at a rapid pace with some organizational and leadership growth pain still ahead. However, the future is bright for Illumina!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to strengthen our leaders and the effectiveness of the teams they manage. Continue to listen and respond to the feedback of our employees to make this a great place to work. Continue to obsess about our customers, end users and the patients we serve.

    Illumina Response

    Feb 27, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for sharing the positive experience you’re having here at Illumina! We’re glad to hear that you can see the values in action, especially when it comes to innovation, collaboration, and the ... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Nice Campus - Immature Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus with outdoor activities available
    Gym with amenities

    Cons

    Fast paced environment with constant changing of directions on priorities
    Immature Leadership at the line manager level; immature leaders placed in high leadership roles with no training.
    Political and silo'd organization - people will turn on you in an instance
    Low pay for demanding workload

    Advice to Management

    You are now a medium sized company start acting like one and train your leaders on people management. Don't put people in leadership roles managing managers with no experience which sets us all up to fail.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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