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Updated Oct 15, 2019

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Illumina CEO Francis deSouza
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369 Ratings
Pros
  • "It is an exciting, fast paced company where things are always evolving(in 80 reviews)

  • "care to employees welfare; work-life balance(in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance, growing faster than our resources(in 65 reviews)

  • "Fast paced: A lot of things change very rapidly internally, so you'd better catch up(in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Inclusive, exciting environment where you know you make the world better"

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    Current Employee - Talent Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hardworking, dedicated, passionate people who are driven to make an impact. Friendly colleagues always willing to help or provide input. Innovative culture focused on being cutting edge and always improving. Awesome campus and great employee benefits. You know the work you do here matters and makes a positive impact on the world.

    Cons

    Location of HQ is in the middle of SD traffic

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    Illumina2019-10-15
  2. "Great place to work in San Diego!"

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome company culture, great benefits, a lot of career growth opportunities

    Cons

    Typical corporate politics. There is always something changing.

    Illumina2019-10-15
  3. "Truly a great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The amount you can learn and grow in your career at Illumina is tremendous! There are tons of resources and opportunities to learn and gain new skills as well as get involved in the Illumina community. On top of that, the people are so supportive, passionate, and intelligent and really want to see you succeed. Great work-life balance and independence allowing you to get your work done successfully without being micro-managed. Huge element of trust and personal responsibility. Very collaborative & open environment and perfect combination of work & fun.

    Cons

    We move fast and embrace change so you have to be willing to adapt and go with the flow and not be phased/stressed by changes.

    Illumina2019-10-15
  4. "Overall, a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, innovation and market leader.

    Cons

    A pro and also a con, the pace is constant. Not for everyone, but great if you enjoy a dynamic environment.

    Illumina2019-10-14
  5. Helpful (5)

    "it used to be great..."

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    Current Employee - Scientist 
    Doesn't Recommend
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    if you have a good manager, it’s family friendly. if you get assigned to a good project, the work can be quite interesting

    Cons

    there have been a lot of reorgs and the job situation has become more and more unpredictable and unstable. the best people are leaving. Upper management announced a reorg in August and told people that some will become redundant (to be announced in November) in said reorg. this is not a great work atmosphere anymore.

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    Illumina2019-10-10
  6. Helpful (13)

    "Excellent product but risk losing its edge"

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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The product is excellent and the impact on human health is superb. It is an excellent place for bio and chemistry folks to work at the cutting edge. Similarly as optics and nanofabrication engineers, you will be working at cutting edge. The new HR VP has implemented several good changes except the flexible time off policy. Overall she is doing a good job. Stock grant is good but does not scale up more than 10k with promotion. The campus is beautiful. Engineers and co workers are generally top of the line in the development group and the biology and chemistry team. Same goes for the supply chain team overall. Work life balance is great in most groups. The company has good prospect. Overall this is a great place to work but may not be suitable for your career unless you are in the right group with the right manager. CEO is however doing a great job. Women engineers are being promoted to technical leadership role which is a big plus.

    Cons

    1. Base pay is very low compared to other companies like Qualcomm or ASMl. And I am not considering the SW companies. Performance is not reflected in yearly raise or bonus.You get the same pitiful 2 to 3 percent raise irrespective of your performance. 2. The biologist and scientists are paid less than engineers who are probably paid lower than the marketing folks. So priorities are messed up here. 3. You will not be paid bonus and end up with 0 pay because commercial could not make the right forecast. Even if the company makes profit you might end up with zero bonus. Happened twice in last four years. Assuming 2019 will be the same. Glad I left before that. 3. If you are a SW engineer you will be doing extremely low end and low pay job and be led by folks with no programming skills and background. Exit before you are burnt out. Much better salary elsewhere. 4. The quality team here is a joke. People are doing document control and do not get exposure in any real quality engineering work. For your own self respect do not join quality group at Illumina. Same goes for validation group. To be promoted all you need to do is carry a bag and jump from one meeting to another to make development team’s life easier. 5.The SD consumable and the instrument LCM team is mismanaged by the middle management to an unbelievable extent. The consumable managers have no clue on what they are doing and should be fired enmasse. Look at the current project and talk to engineers to gather feedback. The instrument LCM team on the other hand is not sure of its existence. The need of this group and the reporting structure and promotion and stock sharing plan needs to be investigated at highest level. The Hayward and Singapore LCM team is a competent manufacturing team. 6. Flexible time off is not really flexible time off. Different groups are interpreting it differently. 7. Power of i, career development plan and idp are all a big joke in most groups. Power of i is not actually anonymous and you can be hurt if you are very forthcoming. Be careful of what you write. However giving too positive feedback will just result in your manager getting promoted when he has no real impact. 8. Promotion in development and R&D teams is very slow compared to manufacturing and LCM team. 9. System integration team is overworked and are underpaid for the work that team is putting in. It is unfortunate that they are paid the lowest. Also you develop a lot of tribal knowledge than transferable skill set there.

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    Illumina2019-09-07
  7. "Fast Pace Organization"

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    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Great employee's benefits, plenty of learning opportunities and fast pace working environment with good employees and leadership

    Cons

    Work flow and business processes are getting more and more complicated as the company scales upwards. Workload can be overwhelming at times due to demand and fast change

    Illumina2019-10-10
  8. "A company that trusts their employees and actually incorporates its values."

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture, the environment, and the mission. Seems like a place that strongly leverages on internal talent.

    Cons

    Less ethnic and backgeound diversity among the leadership level.

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    Illumina2019-09-25
  9. "Great Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting industry, really making an impact in the world. Great work life balance, flexible work schedule, career development/growth

    Cons

    For a tech company, the maternity leave is TERRIBLE. Company only offers 6 weeks of paid time off while other companies in similar industry offer 16 weeks

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    Illumina2019-09-25
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Brilliant Company / Amazing Mission"

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    Current Employee - Director 
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Smartest company I've ever worked for. One of the few companies out there truly focused on changing the world. Very inspiring to be part of such a mission centric organization. Very progressive internally and externally. Senior leaders truly care about doing what's right. Compensation and benefits are mostly really strong and very progressive.

    Cons

    Some longer tenured leaders really struggle to adapt and change and can stagnate progress (and they are tolerated for too long). We have critical processes and tech infrastructure that can still be immature/outdated and are in need of fresh thinking. Things tend to be SD centric, but that is slowly improving as we bring in more global, dynamic, mature senior leaders. We are a constantly changing company in a dynamic market (which is great), but there are pockets of employees who really struggle with this level of change.

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    Illumina2019-09-20
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