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Illumina Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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Pros
  • Pretty good flexibility in our work helps with work life balance (in 24 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 52 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. "Clinical Laboratory Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits; minimal supervision;

    Cons

    Hard work can go unnoticed

    Advice to Management

    Periodic review to assess employee knowledge relevant to their position


  2. "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.

  3. "great place to start your career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, have gym, nice buildings

    Cons

    long hours, surround traffic is bad


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    People are very intelligent and passionate about their jobs; there is a lot of room to learn .

    Cons

    Lots of work to be done, long hours, stressful deadlines.


  5. "Nice place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative work ongoing at all times

    Cons

    No flex work in the research side.
    Growth is a little difficult


  6. Helpful (3)

    "We are expanding really quickly"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Web Developer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a software developer, we continuously try to be on the cutting edge. I don't deal with a lot of legacy software since our company is still fairly new. Culture is nice. Lots of intramural sports, clubs, and happy hours. It's great socializing with everyone. The campus is beautiful - Love that there is a gym and an amphitheater! Some departments are more relaxed than others; mine lets me work from home from time to time, and work around my busy schedule.

    Cons

    We are expanding really quickly and direct management as well as upper management is still trying to figure this out. It's also harder to meet people now that we are so large, so culture definitely still has a lot of figuring out to do. There are a lot of meetings at my department, which can hold you back from doing your work.

    Advice to Management

    I know that we are growing, but don't forget about us!

    Illumina Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for sharing your feedback about your Illumina experience. We’re glad that you’ve been enjoying the campus and taking advantage of the gym and engaging with the Illumina community. We strive... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing"

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    • 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

  8. "Production Manager"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Director"

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    • 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


  10. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Illumina is a great company to work for

    Cons

    Illumina is fast-paced and there are many days with long hours


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