Illumina Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 15 reviews)

  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people (in 19 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Excellent colleagues, management, and employee work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology; market leadership

    Cons

    Work life balance and highly political

    Advice to Management

    Flexible work hours ; telecommute where appropriate

  2. Sales

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced company which is constantly changing and adapting

    Cons

    Collaboration between different business units needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Be aware that Europe is not the US.

  3. keep up or drop out

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate I in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Contractor - Research Associate I in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredibly fast paced company, which is to be expected of a new world leader in a specific field. This could be a good thing or a bad thing. People here are extremely friendly though and love to cross train.

    Cons

    Expect a lot of you... Sometimes too much out of you. You're going to work your butt off and your manager will think it's normal.

    Advice to Management

    Notice how hard work is for the lower level employees. Don't just throw a weeks work in our face and expect results tomorrow.

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  5. Great company!

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Hayward, CA (US)

    I worked at Illumina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Awesome team. The products are doing really well in the market.

    Cons

    Pathetic senior management, Hayward doesn't get its due!!

    Advice to Management

    The company is doing so well - there's no reason to make employee's life miserable by creating so much stress (stretch targets)

  6. Fast Paced, great Culture!

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The team is young and energetic, open culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work hours can be long

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great innovative company with fast-paced culture and lots of growth potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting company vision that benefits human health. Illumina's solutions might be instrumental in curing cancer and other diseases. Dynamic culture with intelligent and high-energy workforce. Challenging assignments and career opportunities. Lots of growth potential. Strong financial rewards (e.g., RSUs). Stock is up 100% in past year. 2014 annual bonus paid at 150% of target.

    Cons

    Building this company into a great organization - and sustaining that growth - is hard work and it requires long hours and personal sacrifices, but the benefits are there for those who commit. Unfortunately, some people view this place as just another job rather than perhaps the most meaningful work they will ever do professionally.

    Advice to Management

    Drive operational decision-making down further in the organization. Still too much is centrally controlled by a small group of execs. This makes sense for strategy but not as much for operations.

  8. Very open, enterprising and challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - H R in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - H R in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very successful organisation making strides to improve people's lives. Good group of international colleagues. everyone is willing to work together.

    Cons

    Lots of change means there is something of a feeling of chaos which isn't always good for the best quality work.

    Advice to Management

    Our colleagues in the US need to remember that we are a global company not a US company!

  9. Helpful (2)

    Hope to retire here

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - California in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Exciting, impactful, interesting, challenging, rewarding, growth

    Cons

    Stressful, bureaucratic, political, growth, overwhelming

  10. competitive salary and nice environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    very competitive salary and benefit since the stock is coming up so quickly.

    Cons

    frequent reorganization make it hard to get to the next level

  11. Helpful (1)

    Amazing technology and potential to change the world of healthcare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company in an expanding market, right place, right technology, right time

    Cons

    Growing pains and empire building

    Advice to Management

    Develop from within, less use of consultants

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