Affymetrix Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated 9 September, 2014
Updated 9 September, 2014
51 Reviews
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Affymetrix President & CEO Frank Whitney
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance is heavily encouraged and promoted through PTO and Affy holidays (in 5 reviews)

  • Work environment with colleagues in same business group is great (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad and ineffective Senior Management (in 4 reviews)

  • Most of my colleagues in singapore site quit and their boss are very happy about it (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A good, but too-short experience

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    Former Employee - Web Publisher  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good money for a contract gig, good people to work with, lots of freedom to improve things, within limits. I'd recommend it.

    Cons

    The usual corporate nonsense, unrealistic deadlines, lousy content, no respect for worker bees on the part of senior management, no money to make things actually good, just "good enough," which was almost never good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the skin-flintyness, spend the money to keep people from extreme burnout, be realistic, abandon the agile/scrum development concept.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate I  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Less of work-life balance, worked weekends when deadlines due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being supportive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The people and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company needs to consistently deliver on financial goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    OK to work at.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Affymetrix facilitates employee work environment by being flexible, providing breakfast, lunch and fitness contribution.

    Cons

    Strong leadership with clear direction, low new product pipeline and employee growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Making moves in the right direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with at Affymetrix. I have seen very little in fighting/politics. This makes it a very pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the company. Lots of good talent isn't retained and has left because of lack of career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to grow your younger talent in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not good

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time

    Pros

    Close to home and OK working schedule

    Cons

    Manager depent on employees too much, they have no scientific knowledges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management level from manager to Senior Director

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Life at Affy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for impacting business
    Sr. leadership is looking for new ideas and willing to listen

    Cons

    Infrastructure is prohibitive to getting things done fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An excellent place to work with talented, bright people striving to make the world a better place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Dedicated to employee growth and a good work-life balance. Great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    A pioneer in the industry has struggled against its own demons over the last couple years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A satisfying place to work where balancing personal and professional was easy.

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits, and culture.

    Cons

    Upper management needed a refresh.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of talk about process at a high level, but not much in place to make sure processes are followed or understood at a low level.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Too many vps, turn around too slow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix

    Pros

    Technology and field are wonderful.
    Old Gaurd at company are creative and a joy to work with.
    Launching products is fun.

    Cons

    Company gets in the way of its own success.
    Terrible growth opportunities.
    Poor reputation in industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a fundamental lack of understanding on basic economic drivers at the company. If they understood the economics of their business, they would be able to lower cogs, allocate resources better and be more competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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