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Illumina Inc. Review

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Former Employee - Senior Manager, Diagnostics Instrument Manufacturing  in  San Diego, CA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Manager, Diagnostics Instrument Manufacturing in San Diego, CA (US)

I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Cutting edge technology, motivated and hard working employees, great people on a personal level

Cons

Same management team since early in the companys growth. Transitioning from start-up to small company to medium sized company with same management team has been challenging since they started as a Life Sciences company and are currently transitioning to add diagnostics and medical devices which are regulated by the FDA. Management often "doesn't know what they don't know". Without former experience with the FDA, sometimes management has overreacted to minor observations and not reacted enough to the need for more robust quality system needs. They are getting better but it has been more painful than it should have been.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to the people who have former experience with the FDA and other regulatory agencies. It may not seem needed initially, but will pay itself back ten fold if 483 observations are minimized and product recalls are prevented.

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    High tech, high speed

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Illumina is doing very interesting leading edge work in gene sequencing. Some very smart people here, doing very cool work. Pace is very fast, change is rapid in many areas. The folks I worked with were looking for better ways to do things. On-site cafeteria is pretty good too.

    Cons

    There are some political battles and defense of territories. It was clear some struggles had been going on for quite some time and had become entrenched. It's a big company, with all the big company overhead and the burden of hide-bound procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to get people's eyes on the task at hand, rather than on the political territory. Not all teams are on the same page regarding changes to methodology... better buy-in and more clarity about "here's where we're going" would help.

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    great place to learn lots quickly

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - developers are used to make new software, not maintenance of existing systems
    - lots of interesting projects in the bio-tech industry
    - fun place to work.
    - get to work with the latest software technologies

    Cons

    - not a software company. It's a hardware company first.
    - they don't have enough testers, or designers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - hire more testers and designers

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