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- "People are great and the energy in the halls is infectious." (in 223 reviews)
- "Good benefits including company shutdowns one week in July and December" (in 219 reviews)
- "Fast moving company and great culture" (in 141 reviews)
- "Good work life balance" (in 94 reviews)
- "Campus is beautiful and centrally located." (in 78 reviews)
- "High variability in the competence of lower management" (in 83 reviews)
- "Managers don't manage the team" (in 55 reviews)
- "Low salary compared to other companies in the same industry for similar positions." (in 46 reviews)
- "Upper management is afraid of firing people who do not perform at a decent level, no accountability." (in 35 reviews)
- "Some of the senior leadership (C" (in 34 reviews)
- 5.012 Jul 2021Scientist ICurrent Employee, less than 1 year
The employees at illumina are very nice to work with. Lots of communications within a collaborative team and people are always there to help with problem solving. Many scientists and engineers coming from a wide variety of backgrounds. You can always find an expert in a certain area. Great work life balance. Illumina cares about our wellbeing for sure!
Limited instrument capacity at certain busy time of the year under the impact of covid.
- 1.09 Sept 2020Senior EngineerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsNoklak Hq
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.
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.9
- 3.07 Nov 2020AccountantCurrent Employee
Friendly work environment, interesting and innovative work
Disparity in working hours for males and females, salary is completely dependent on the log in and log out times, Bad HR policies2
- 3.05 Aug 2023Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee, more than 5 years
Great people! There is an incredible amount of teamwork and collaboration within teams. Dynamic environment. The company shutdowns are a huge perk! Having holiday pay for the week of the 4th of July AND the time between Xmas Eve and New Year's Day is my most favorite benefit the organization offers. It's great to take a week off and not have to come back to 2 weeks' worth of work, as compared to a normal vacation taken at any other time of the year.
Highly matrixed environment which results in frequent communication issues and competing priorities. Collaboration across departments can be challenging due to not fully identifying the key stakeholders and/or not sharing information as freely as it should be. This results in a lot of firefighting around emergent issues, and leads to a work-life balance that is quite poor in many areas of the business. Recently, there have been cuts to benefits and multiple rounds of layoffs. The fact that there didn't appear to be any layoffs at the VP or SVP levels continues to reinforce distrust of the executive leadership team. This suggests to employees that the lower levels of the organization must pay for the poor decisions made by upper-level management.35
- 3.023 Nov 2023Sales ManagerFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsCambridge, England
People, open door mentality, salary and package, generous leave policy ( but it is unfortunately very much needed - see Cons)
poor work / life balance despite corporate message stating great intentions. Leadership always asking for more with less ressources. leading to heavy burden, stress level and common burnouts.2
- 2.017 Sept 2023Senior Buyer/PlannerFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsHayward, CA
good product that is changing the bio-tech world
-lots of managers clearly ladder climbing a corporate ladder -executive leaders send emails about holding on to the monopoly power -lots of managers that are yes men/women to the people above them (limit creativity of employees) -little listening & low support for the people doing the brunt work -team leads in warehouses that have little to no big picture thinking -warehouse is dangerous and people do not wear ppe including team leads and managers -managers implement a lot of poor ideas that make work harder just to check box something on their own resume (sometimes check boxing things that didn't even work) -claim disability support but I had quite the opposite experience -claim they support education I had quite the opposite experience -claim they support diversity but I had quite the opposite experience - executive level shows little to negative support / take advantage of suppliers -managers go back and forth on strategy year over year -absurd amount of waste created throughout their processes10
- 2.027 Aug 2023Software DeveloperFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsSan Diego, CA
Good benefits, mostly good work/life balance (in software, at least), ESPP is nice (though the stock has been terrible).
A coworker was verbally abused by our manager. After the coworker brought the case to HR (as per illumina's own training), HR squelched the case and exonerated the manager. And once the dust settled, the manager quietly moved to retaliate against the coworker, giving him/her tedious work unrelated to software development, and eventually putting him/her on a performance improvement plan (PIP). Of course, this had nothing to do with performance, but rather with personal animosity for daring to expose the manager's bad behavior. HR decided to do nothing, and even reprimanded the individual for bringing it to their attention. Taking no action in such a situation is bad---it's worse if you profess certain values about a non-hostile work environment and don't take them seriously. illumina eventually gave the manager a promotion.36
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Illumina has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 2,325 reviews left anonymously by employees. 66% of employees would recommend working at Illumina to a friend and 46% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -8% over the last 12 months.
66% of Illumina employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Illumina 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.8 for culture and values and 3.5 for career opportunities.