Illumina Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
143 Reviews
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143 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 13 reviews)

  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 12 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pioneered DNA sequencing and SNP detection related research.

    Cons

    Small size company and still growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with.
    Great campus.
    Products have impact on human health.

    Cons

    Very tight deadline,
    Lot is expected and not enough resources ( need more employees) to accomplish work.
    Too many projects with same deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the number of projects the company is working on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Strong sense of values and grasp of what it will take to keep growing. They have their eye on the prize for sure.

    Cons

    Confused culture. It's a young company entering its teenage years. They need to identify what it will take to really retain their talent...especially as they grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Project Managers beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Growing industry, hiring loads of employees, fabulous building and campus with cafeteria and gym, great benefits

    Cons

    Poor office politics with lots of gossip, very cliquish environment among employees who have worked there for years and do not accept new employees or new management processes. The Marketing dept actively rejects project management processes. I keep hearing the phrase "that's not how we do things here." It's a shame such an innovative company is so short-sided to corporate management processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote emotionally unstable people to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Technician III

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Technician III in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Technician III in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very great campus, with all amenities, great people. The work done here is remarkable. This place has all the room to move up into business. It will always be in business. Great staff of people and customers are very trained along with fabulous Customer Service.

    Cons

    Long wait for passwords, networks when your new employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say more "Company" days where the relaxation of coming in to work is felt on certain days. More company activity's to create bonding between departments along with departmental development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    At the cutting edge of DNA innovation; however, be careful not to trade quality for velocity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very responsive to employee surveys regarding concerns. Provides ongoing training & education. Promotes a fun, open and high expectation working environment for all employees. Numerous amenities offered to employees at San Diego headquarters.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, but does not have correct infrastructure and procedures to support that yet. Should focus more on Information Technology capability gaps in order to realize full potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive for innovation must also be balanced with maturity of that rapidly advancing technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Illumina treated me fairly, and in addition to learning a lot, I had many positive experiences with my colleagues.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager
    Current Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    Illumina is the leader in its industry, and is keenly aware of, and responds to, competitive threats.

    Cons

    Unless you are in the San Diego office, you are effectively a "second-class citizen". Communication to other offices is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't pay lip-service to developing the management skills of employees who are managers - actually do it, and take it very, very seriously. It would dramatically reduce turnover. While turnover is not great, it could be much lower.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and management is very accessible. Campus is very nice. Work is fast paced.

    Cons

    Too many meetings means you need to work long hours to get your work done (unless you are management because then meetings are work for you)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Small company, large aspirations, life changing potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Being involved in a revolution of genetic analysis & understanding. An industry on the cusp of a human revolution. A leader in the industry.

    Cons

    Work / Life balance can be challenging at times. Growing pains of a small company becoming an enterprise but well understood and being dealt with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good and Dynamic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots to learn
    Best place to start career

    Cons

    No Process and not effective since too much to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee more people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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