Illumina
3.0 of 5 114 reviews
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Illumina Reviews

Updated Apr 07, 2014
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3.0 114 reviews

                             

65% Approve of the CEO

Illumina CEO Jay Flatley

Jay Flatley

(82 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Fast pace and cutting edge technology"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Illumina is a fast-paced and exciting place to work with bleeding edge product development"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "The worst middle management I've ever had in my professional career, the work life balance"
    in 17 reviews
  • "72 hours a week or so and no work life balance is requested of you as standard operating procedure"
    in 5 reviews
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Dysfunctional and Proud of It!!

Senior Research Associate (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

ProsNice campus, iCafe, company parties are fun, stock is going up, some nice people

ConsIf you love working then this is the place for you because you'll be here morning, noon, and night. La Jolla in the dark will become a very familiar sight. It's not just the aggressive schedules that will keep you at work. A good part of the work will be created by the overall lack of planning of the projects that you'll work on. This is kind of amazing since Illumina is filled to rafters with middle managers. I guess they spend so much time falling over each other that they don't have time to manage anything.

The cherry on top of all of this is that your hard work is unlikely to be rewarded. Illumina makes no bones about the fact that it will not give internal candidates preference in hiring for open positions. It's quite frustrating to see external job postings for positions that you (and likely many of your colleagues) are qualified for. The best strategy for advancement at Illumina is to do good work, leave for a few years, and then come back at a higher level.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not great

Technical Applications Scientist (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCafeteria, RSU (stock), company is doing very well

ConsSchedules are unrealistic, work/life balance suffers greatly, bloated middle management that slows everything down, lots of silos, and a growing number of people who don't seem to have a clear function in the organization

Advice to Senior ManagementIllumina should be one of the best places in San Diego to work. It's not.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Veterans perspective.

Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsNice facility.
Some good perks all around.
Fair PTO system.
Good benefits package.

ConsAfter serving over 12 years in the US Military I landed a position with Illumina at first all seemed good the facility is very large and the benefits were great for a family person like me. I was glad to be a part of such a large organization because typically that’s good for career growth from within.
Later as a prior service member who was in a leadership position I noticed that at almost every level they have no leadership per say, they rule by committee & political alliances. If you find yourself inside certain circles you will be fine; but if you’re out of the circles you may as well start looking for a new job.
I felt certain mid-level managers saw me as a threat to their positions due in part to my experience in leadership and my technical ability and went after me. They kept it legal and the HR was of no help at all this stopping this harassment so I gave my notice, in my exit interview HR did not want to hear me and just kept repeating “prerogative” like a parrot.
I cannot and will not recommend anyone working at this place especially mid-level career people because they will suffer the most while a person fresh out of college may be able to stand it.
*This Company if not illegal certainly is an unethical company.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone- but one day this behavior will bite you in the end.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No Work Life Balance

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsLocation of company
Campus environment
Facilities
On-site gym with multiple cafes
Equipment provided to employees for their use

ConsAll work, all the time, all day, night, weekend long
No career development from what i can see, just a lot of smoke and mirrors
Incredibly elitist and arrogant attitudes by most of management
Management acts as though its a privilege for anyone to work there
Micro management all the time

Advice to Senior ManagementWe have a life outside of Illumina
There are other companies just as good
Stop your self-centered focus on your equity
Trust employees
Recognize technically sharp managers are not the greatest of people leaders

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work, few promotional/developmental opportunities unfortunately

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat culture, employee centric, good benefits, great facilities.

ConsFew opportunities for advancement beyond leaving.

Advice to Senior ManagementFew opportunities for advancement beyond leaving.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Development Engineer (Current Employee)
Hayward, CA (US)

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFast paced & hectic at times.

ConsLot's of politics and favoritism. A company in decline technologically.

Advice to Senior ManagementRemember the days when the people that brought you innovation were held in high regard? What happened?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Market leader in Life Science Technology.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat company culture to in a fast changing industry

ConsGrowing pains from growing from a smaller company to a larger organization

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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DNA Research

Genotherapy (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsGreat Pay, Friendly stuff, Beautiful work environment

ConsNothing yt is has been a great experience

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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10 Years going to Illumina to work.

Manufacturing Technician III (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStock given to me.
PTO is good system.
good benefits.
steady job for ten years with increases first ~8 years.
Good I cafe.

Cons24/7 work non stop manufacturing.
Very stress filled & mad people on your back.
very political environment after 8 years as Illumina grew.
no system of promotion to next level, all political or friendship based.
HR provides no balance for employee grievances.

Advice to Senior Managementwaste of time as long as the stock is great they could care less.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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hell in genomic paradise

R&D (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

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

ProsIt is a great place if you want to make a contribution in the development of genomic technologies that will have a real impact in society

ConsUnfortunately, the company suffers poor management. There is lack of recognition, you have to work long hours, the culture and values only exist in paper.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart considering employees humany suffer beings

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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