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Illumina Inc. Review

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Former Employee - Senior Manager, Diagnostics Instrument Manufacturing  in  San Diego, CA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Manager, Diagnostics Instrument Manufacturing in San Diego, CA (US)

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

Pros

Cutting edge technology, motivated and hard working employees, great people on a personal level

Cons

Same management team since early in the companys growth. Transitioning from start-up to small company to medium sized company with same management team has been challenging since they started as a Life Sciences company and are currently transitioning to add diagnostics and medical devices which are regulated by the FDA. Management often "doesn't know what they don't know". Without former experience with the FDA, sometimes management has overreacted to minor observations and not reacted enough to the need for more robust quality system needs. They are getting better but it has been more painful than it should have been.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to the people who have former experience with the FDA and other regulatory agencies. It may not seem needed initially, but will pay itself back ten fold if 483 observations are minimized and product recalls are prevented.

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Positive Outlook
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast pace and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork, poor management leadership and guidance, does not promote work-life balance, and a CYA environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either develop or hire personnel in middle management

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    One of the best companies to work for in San Diego

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    Current Employee - Development Manager  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Development Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology in a field that has huge growth potential and the company is the market leader. Work on something that will actually impact human health and understanding.

    The senior management has a proven record of guiding the company through many strategic decisions and is still positioned really well in the market.

    Campus is amazing, possibly the best in San Diego (beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, gym, amphitheater, koi ponds, cafe, Starbucks) and is being expanded with even more amenities.

    Software is becoming a key part of the overall strategy and there are tons of interesting projects and opportunities. Great place for talented software engineers. Lots of interesting "Big Data" problems that don't involve 140 character messages...

    Cons

    As most companies that have such extreme growth there are plenty of growing pains, but there are also plenty of opportunities. Departments that are cost centers don't get enough support, but this is not unusual.

    Layoff late in 2011 probably sparked more negative reviews than the company deserves. I've personally never been approached for weekend work, again this could be different in other departments, but this is 1600+ person company.

    Internal systems are sub-par and under-staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-invest in your employees and internal systems for the next 10 years...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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