Illumina Reviews

Updated 20 Sep 2020

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3.9
76%
Recommend to a Friend
91%
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Illumina President & CEO Francis deSouza
Francis deSouza
456 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast paced work environment, collaborative workforce(in 84 reviews)

  • "Excellent work/life balance (at least on my team)(in 77 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance could be better(in 69 reviews)

  • "Fast paced and many opportunities so prioritization can be fluid(in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Good"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst 

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment Good working environment

    Cons

    no cons observed no cons observed

  2. Helpful (2)

    "Very toxic environment"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Noklak Hq
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can't say enough about the potential of the technology Illumina makes. Cool campus and they do try to make it a fun environment. Room for advancement.

    Cons

    Middle management is abysmal. They constantly and constantly ignore the technical experts and do whatever they think will make them look good. They never give push back to upper management which wastes time and money on projects that make no sense. Time of service somehow qualifies people to be managers. This leads to incompetent managers who are completely innefective and are unable to help their direct reports. The company moves too fast for their own good. Everything gets half done then projects are handed over over to set up the next team for failure. That next team then takes all the blame for the the people who originally ruined the project. I wouldn't suggest working there unless you have loose morals and a desire to get ahead at any cost.

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  3. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very good group of scientists and engineers across all teams in the company. Good compensation package.

    Cons

    Process development approach is overly codified and widely used, takes getting used to (good training offered, however).

  4. "Good compensation and benefits"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Singapore

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People and work life balance

    Cons

    Limited career progression and opportunity

  5. "great company to work for"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    They care for their employees, good bonuses, good benefits

    Cons

    There is no cons about it.

  6. COVID-19

    "Great Compnay"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ops Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management really cares about your growth, professionally and personally. Amazing care during COVID

    Cons

    Upper management politics can get sticky sometimes.

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  7. "Solid place to start and grow while making a real impact on human health"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Impact on others, career growth opportunities, good culture

    Cons

    Can have cyclical high stress periods based on product launch timing (R&D at least)

  8. "Excellent Place to Work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Front End Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Talented and passionate colleagues, lots of opportunities to learn and grow, great company culture with vision for the future, leadership seems to put authentic effort into benefits and treating employees well.

    Cons

    It's a big company, so your experience may vary depending on the team you're in. With the caliber of talent Illumina seems to hire, people here are passionate about their work and perhaps as a byproduct of that, we often work hard to meet deadlines and do quality work.

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  9. "Great Company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Amazing people, most VP's are fantastic, leadership held to high standard

    Cons

    some key departments chronically underfunded

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  10. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, open space to work and great people

    Cons

    Remote work can be challenging when going to the lab

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