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A challenging but rewarding place to work

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • 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

Pros

Great co-workers
Fast-paced environment to keep you from getting bored
Great technology
What we do is helping change the world

Cons

The fast-paced growth over the last decade has caused many gaps in business processes. So, we are trying to build our infrastructure while using small scale processes.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look for and ask for the gaps and invest in ways to build the sustainable business practices.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Competitive place to work

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

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    - new projects left and right so there's always a lot to work on.
    - constantly working on new technologies, legacy products do no stick around for too long.
    - young and vibrant co-workers. lots of sports going on
    - decent cafeteria

    Cons

    - shifting focus can cause projects to start and end abruptly
    - the motto to "hire the best" can cause quite a competitive landscape that's difficult for junior positions to be adequately recognized.
    - portfolio expansion outpaces resourcing which leads to multi-tasking and project inefficiencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to a few core products and do them well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience I will never let happen in my career again

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

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - nice facilities
    - many capable colleagues throughout the years

    Cons

    - Career advancement is non-existent unless you play ridiculous games and are a political backstabber. Actual work performance and quality get you nowhere at this company
    - Chaotic and disorganized as a company, and they are proud of it
    - Over-rewarded executive and sales teams to the point of lewd extravagance, while all other departments struggle and are treated harshly
    - Very arrogant attitude and overall corporate culture. They act as if you are lucky to be with them, hence they get to treat you like a thing
    - World renowned terrible middle management. By terrible I mean how they treat people, their competence levels, political acuity, and overall professionalism. To say they are a joke is an understatement
    - Terrible upper management that perpetuates a horrible environment to suite their (mostly financial) needs, and not the needs of the company or employees as a whole. Working for them is a career stopper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your work force resents you and the terrible decisions you have made. The gross misallocation of incentives and advancement is apparent. You need to seriously mind your employees who have worked their tails off to give you a seven figure salary and reach the $1billion+ mark. You have not done this, and as a result, you have lost the vast majority of your top talent in 2011. Suites you right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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