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great place to learn lots quickly

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Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at Illumina full-time (less than an year)

Pros

- developers are used to make new software, not maintenance of existing systems
- lots of interesting projects in the bio-tech industry
- fun place to work.
- get to work with the latest software technologies

Cons

- not a software company. It's a hardware company first.
- they don't have enough testers, or designers

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- hire more testers and designers

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    The company gives out a strong "holier than thou" vibe but could use a reality check.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hot technology, hands down leader in the market right now. Plenty of opportunity to learn new things. Revenue and cash flow have been good, and the company now has some weight to throw around. This means good facilities, infrastructure, growth. Good upward mobility and perks, but only for certain departments (Sales and Marketing are definitely living it up here). Company offers a preferred stock plan, good benefits overall.

    Cons

    1. You really need to be ready to drink the proverbial Cool Aid here and show maximum enthusiasm for whatever that gets put forward as a product, policy, or initiative. If you don't - you're not a team player and your career outlook will suffer greatly. And the middle management is the worst in this respect. Not all, but way too many are caught up in this cheer-leading as a way to hide their own deficiencies.
    2. The company is extremely disorganized! It drives you crazy, because this is what's causing the overwhelming work load that others here have mentioned. Sure, the fast evolving technology/market will throw curve balls at you all the time, but the management treats this as something to be proud of (ala 'we like it this way because it makes us innovative and flexible') rather than trying to organize things a little bit better. But who cares about inefficiencies when you've got no competition, right?
     3. Poor access to information about company's products, both released and in-development. Combined with really fast product turnarounds, this means you're always frantically looking for the most up to date info. Unlike points 1 and 2, this is something the management has tried to address, but so far with limited success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down from the clouds

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Strong Values and dedicated to making great products.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Very innovative company and very open -- both physically and philosophically. They really want to be the leading provider of solutions that advance genetics and health.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of downside to this company.

    Recommends
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