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Updated 19 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, if you put in the effort to make it so" (in 43 reviews)

  • "fast paced environment where you can learn a lot" (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is good but more telecommuting options would help" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Ultra fast paced environment, high stress during critical release dates" (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "Sr Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Culture (dynamic and open), Growth, Exposure

    Cons

    Lack of structure and accountability at various levels


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Sequencing Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sequencing Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sequencing Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An awesome company with great products and which that takes care of its employees. Upper management very young and very diverse.

    Cons

    There were several questionable changes over the past year involving many layoffs, including several good people who had been with the company for many years, people with unique knowledge of niche markets and with important customer relationships.

    In Q2 2108, Illumina introduced "unlimited vacation time", which of course is a scam that only benefits the company by reducing its liability and inevitably creating a culture where employees start taking fewer and fewer vacation days. Employees still need to register their vacation time, so we know Illumina is counting how many vacation days each employee take. Is there any doubt that when choosing who to fire in the future, one of the criteria employed by managers will be which employee takes the most vacation days?

    Advice to Management

    Communication between regions is non-existent, there are no efforts to share best practices across teams. As a result, too much effort is wasted re-inventing the wheel, too many good opportunities are lost.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Sputtering on clinical market"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stock valuation
    smart people
    Lucky company
    Great technology

    Cons

    Lack of direction
    Work life balance is not part of the culture
    Does not understand clinical market

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about the stock market and focus on building a resilient And diverse business base. Optics is everything for management. Who is your customer? How do you serve the clinical customer ? Seems to be a puzzle for this management that seems more suited for Facebook.


  4. "Facilities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proud to work at a company, with growth potentials, friendly people to work with, not always knowledgeable.

    Cons

    Management can be clueless somtimes.


  5. "Good company, mostly good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Inspiring mission
    - Very good technology
    - Fast paced & challenging
    - Most people are decent
    - New building in 2019 for Cambridge employees
    - Fun events
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Some individuals are highly toxic, including "managers" who show no support to direct reports, but instead choose to hinder their progress in subtle ways
    - Some positions are looked down upon

    Advice to Management

    Choose the right people to lead teams


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cool science, smart people, good benefits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I applied for a tech job at Illumina being very up-front about the fact I learned quick but only had a little experience, got an offer, and have spent the last three+ years learning new things very quickly indeed and getting a lot out of it.

    They're good about paying for training & certification, and encouraging other kinds of professional development. Because the company's growing, I've been learning new things and jumping in the deep end of new projects the whole time I've been here.

    My team is telecommuting-friendly, and accommodates flexible working well, though I hear this varies across the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult working hours - the company HQ is in San Diego, and lots of the tech/development decision-making happens in that timezone.

    There's a tendency to take on more projects than we have people for, and not enough between departments/teams.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing employee surveys and listening to the results.

    We could stand to look in more varied efforts towards hiring gender/ethnic diversity for employees in technical roles seems like it's gotten worse in the three years I've been here.


  7. "Outstanding Organization and Work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Passion for the cause
    - Great teams - work together well with everyone!
    - Fast paced - lots of investment in growth and change
    - Pay and benefits - oustanding!
    - Workplace - fantastic location and offices

    Cons

    - So much going on - you need to be very good at setting boundaries or it will be easy to get sucked into poor work-life balance

  8. "Great company to work"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Buyer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture
    Great mission
    Amazing people

    Cons

    Some people are not keeping up with changes


  9. "Political"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some parts of the company are doing great things. The potential of genomics is tremendous.

    Cons

    Highly political. Not merit based. Execs are too busy buying wine on their iPads to realize what’s going on in front of their face.

    Advice to Management

    Change.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "From Contractor to FTE. Illumina is great!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    - Great culture
    - Great Benefits
    - Paid week off for "sumnmer break" during the week of 4th of July
    - Work Life Balance
    - Facilitates Growth
    - Great Events (Concerts, Food Trucks Event, Happy Hours, Free Beer)
    - Has a Cafeteria, Gym, Classes (Yoga, Meditation, Spinning), and beautiful landscaping
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    Cons

    - Parking can be bad if you come in anytime past 8:30 and want to be close to your main building.
    - 401k Matching could be better
    - Working remotely is still iffy and not really accepted although it's possible.

    Advice to Management

    CEO seems to truly care about the environment and our impact to the world.


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