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Illumina Reviews

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
164 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company producing great products

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    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Very smart and driven employees. Great senior leadership

    Cons

    Long hours and poor work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great mission and people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing colleagues around the world... some of the most talented and smartest people I've ever worked with, but also humble at the same time. Everyone is just driven by doing the right thing and our mission. It's inspiring to see.

    Cons

    Really high (almost too high sometimes) expectations of how much a single person can do. It's the norm to have teams of people working till midnight or beyond for extended periods of time or just on the regular. It's a highway to burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really try to understand what's going on further down into the organization. What their view is may not be consistent with what employees experience. Spend more time with employees to understand their pain points.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    An invigorating, fast-paced and challenging place to work. Things change quickly here so you have to embrace that!

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very bright and motivational people to work with. There's always new opportunities to gain new experiences.

    Cons

    Things change quickly and this can be frustrating when you're in an area that is under-resourced or unorganized. You have to keep focused on the higher level mission that causes lower level discomfort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with investing in the Operations. Marketing/Sales may be driving faster than we can keep up with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good company to work for

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great co-workers, exciting technologies, great culture

    Cons

    controlling management, few decision-making opportunities at middle management level, decision making limited to top 10-15 people in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to CEO: you are great and people admire you, but your senior leadership team are just looking out for themselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fix it before its too late

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Cutting edge, great products, niche market

    Cons

    too much politics, seems everyone is conspiring or watching out to get the bite of the big meat...the office culture is degrading...managers are looking out for themselves and not their teams..finger pointing, scheming.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please fix the culture before its too late. Senior Management...Director and above to need to get 360 degree review of the managers from the subordinates....good workers are leaving or feel oppressed....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company, excellent co-workers meet low wages and very limited upward mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Company is on top of it's field with exciting projects where there is much to learn and it's rewarding to apply yourself. Modern workplace and good benefits. Smart people in different areas of expertise.
    When the company makes a lot of money, employees are sometimes rewarded with extended time off. Although there is a lot of work, the work/life balance is fine.

    Cons

    For non-managers, wages are kept low. There is very limited promotion within the ranks due to large number of people occupying all areas of work and continuous hiring at the Senior level. It takes YEARS to move up just a step. While management claims that there is opportunity to grow, it's not the case.
    For those that are promoted, very often it's just in title (and salary) without real changes to responsibilities. People can be stuck doing the same work for YEARS.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to promote within the ranks and allow employees to grow. This will become a serious problem in the next couple of years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced, not for the weak

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    You are working on cutting edge technology, advancing human knowledge and improving our lives.
    The managers expect a lot from you, because they can afford to. You get to meet interesting people in lots of influential positions.

    Cons

    Super fast paced. Keep up or move on. This company has their pick of employees and can easily replace you.
    We are now moving in the medical field, 24 hour support is coming, so expect to work weekends and long nights on occasion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You used to keep us fully manned, with plenty of people to support the products. Now you are starting to really pinch pennies and looking very hard at utilization/mean time to repair/ etc. and much less at customer satisfaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic high growth company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Illumina is experiencing tremendous growth. Coworkers are very supportive and flexible. There is a sincere interest to change the world of medicine. The campus is beautiful and there is a lot of energy around the campus.

    Cons

    No issues or challenges to report. The company is solid overall. They just need watch after their culture and retain talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward and as you grow resist the desire to become a slow large machine. Maintain the great culture and values you have. Remain independent and invest in innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    On the rise!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    30% Growth Year over Year

    Cons

    Growing corporate-like culture at Illumina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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