Illumina Reviews

Updated 10 April 2015
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  1. Staff Scientist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good technology, improve human health, good people

    Cons

    not stable, too fast, too busy, underpaid

    Advice to Management

    invest existing employee, more focus on retention

  2. 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  3. Helpful (2)

    Great company producing great products

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    • 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

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

    Pros

    Very smart and driven employees. Great senior leadership

    Cons

    Long hours and poor work life balance

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  5. Helpful (1)

    good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (2)

    Not a company for ERP analysts/Consultants

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    Current Employee - Staff Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Except for brand name on CV, no big pros

    Cons

    Management bothers little about career development of their employees. you can survive only if you are good at politics. Employees are exploited and are never rewarded. Overall its not a healthy atmosphere for people in IT/ERP background to work. Discrimination exists at various levels.

    Advice to Management

    Please start recognizing employees and their hard work before its too late.

  7. Helpful (4)

    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

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

    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 Management

    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....

  8. Helpful (2)

    Wrong company to work for if you are from a ERP background.

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros except for brand name.

    Cons

    Egoistic bosses. Employees are not valued. They are looked down as just bodies who work for brand. Worst part is that switch from this company becomes impossible because of its location

    Advice to Management

    Value employees. People dont stick to company just for brand name

  9. Helpful (4)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    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 Management

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

  10. On the rise!

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

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    Pros

    30% Growth Year over Year

    Cons

    Growing corporate-like culture at Illumina

  11. Helpful (4)

    Fast paced, not for the weak

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    I have been working at Illumina

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

    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 Management

    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.

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