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Illumina Reviews

Updated December 9, 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Great place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dynamic culture. Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    None None none none none


  2. "Great Technology"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 (4)

    "Fast paced, no work life balance unless you're smart"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Cafe, starbucks, free coffee, food trucks, peet's coffee, some of the people, courtyards, has both a small company feel with large company benefits

    Cons

    -Unreasonable expectations set by managers
    -Not enough research or testing done before changes are made
    -Way too much condescension and humiliation used to "motivate" employees
    -Managers act stressed, work over weekends to guilt their employees to work more and slam them with more work
    -No reasonable expectations of work life balance, you have to be strong and confident to resist all the tactics they play to get you to work more
    -Poor communication and lack of structure on pay increases
    -The company and management are constantly coming up with new ways to measure if you are working but that takes time away from work
    -Management doesn't acknowledge enough of the work you have done but constantly looking for something yet to do. Makes tou feel unappreciated and that one could burn out. You have to remind them of all the great things you have done. They emphasize too much of the negative and not build enough on your strengths
    -Some managers hover too much, watch employees rather than work

    Advice to Management

    -Intelligent people need autonomy, time to think, and good feedback
    -Test and do more research before changing direction so quickly on process or applications


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

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

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

    Pros

    Managers are open, available, and willing to enact change.

    Cons

    Very fast paced. Strap in and hussle up!

    Advice to Management

    Stress balance.


  6. "Financial Analyst"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Salary is good pretty good

    Cons

    Work Life is bad very bad

    Advice to Management

    Make Illumina Illuminate again


  7. "Sr Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    great growing company lots of smart and great people to work with never a boring moment

    Cons

    company growing to fast salary base is set due to growth

  8. "Illumina"

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

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

    Pros

    Great technology and amazing employees.

    Cons

    Dynamic fast paced environment is sometimes hectic.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "time for some to shape up or ship out!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great product, people are dedicated to getting them out on time. Work life balance, very flexible hours, great benefits and PTO. Lots of loyalty and longevity.

    Cons

    They've made some status changes and got some growing-up to do in Hayward. Yert they're holidng on to archaic systems and software.
    Some folks are working their tails off to reach goals and deadlines and foster change while others seem to get paid just for showing up and socializing all day. They've been getting away with it for years so why change?

    Advice to Management

    Why keep these ineffective people around? They manage only to distract and disrupt others that WANT to get their work done. They've proven they can't or won't adapt to new requirements. They're making the job harder for others.
    Invest in some current process/operating software and some people who know what they're doing and are not afraid to enforce new programs.

    Illumina Response

    Apr 17, 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We’re glad that you feel a connection to our products, and that you’ve found a good level of work-life balance! Regarding your concerns... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Highly collaborative"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment and highly collaborative. Smart people.

    Cons

    Rapid growth has strained physical infrastructure - like parking - at HQ.

    Advice to Management

    Keep expanding into new markets.


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