Illumina Reviews

Updated 29 October, 2014
Updated 29 October, 2014
146 Reviews
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146 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 13 reviews)

  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people (in 19 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Located in the heart of San Diego Biotech center.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay rates are very competitive.
    Near UCSD and many other Biotech companies.
    Currently the leader in gene sequencing.
    Good experience for Biochemists.

    Cons

    Company is growing too fast for management to mature.
    Cheaper technologies threaten dominance in gene sequencing.
    Not a good place to work if you do not have an advanced degree in biochemistry.
    High churn rate. Best employees ping-pong with Life Technologies (competitor).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced and making a difference

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in La Jolla, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing. Incredibly supportive and brilliant. One of the reasons I enjoy my work so much is because I really enjoy the group of people I interact with on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Many of the projects appear very under resourced. It appears that it is very hard to advance within the company. Illumina hires outsiders instead of promoting within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ever-changing constantly, some cool people, thriving, but needs a little more organization & stability.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planning in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Planning in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Illumina as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good thing they have money to keep expanding. The VP is pretty cool. Endless Summer Concerts with free lunches on some Fridays are nice.

    Cons

    They seem to struggle a bit with stabilizing processes. Why not hire the experts who really know how to set up infrastructure? Maybe there are experts, but people keep finding bugs. Can't seem to get things done right and some of the people who seem great are really not that great. They cling onto job security, are passive-aggressive, but management doesn't even know or let's it continue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change for the better is a good thing, but things change so often that it's hard to keep up at times. Also, don't just believe that the core team is that great. Sometimes they are the problem. If someone needs people skills, just push them to take management class or ding them on their performance review.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist I in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Pioneered DNA sequencing and SNP detection related research.

    Cons

    Small size company and still growing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very smart people to work with.
    Great campus.
    Products have impact on human health.

    Cons

    Very tight deadline,
    Lot is expected and not enough resources ( need more employees) to accomplish work.
    Too many projects with same deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce the number of projects the company is working on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Strong sense of values and grasp of what it will take to keep growing. They have their eye on the prize for sure.

    Cons

    Confused culture. It's a young company entering its teenage years. They need to identify what it will take to really retain their talent...especially as they grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Technician III

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Technician III in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Data Technician III in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very great campus, with all amenities, great people. The work done here is remarkable. This place has all the room to move up into business. It will always be in business. Great staff of people and customers are very trained along with fabulous Customer Service.

    Cons

    Long wait for passwords, networks when your new employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say more "Company" days where the relaxation of coming in to work is felt on certain days. More company activity's to create bonding between departments along with departmental development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Project Managers beware

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Growing industry, hiring loads of employees, fabulous building and campus with cafeteria and gym, great benefits

    Cons

    Poor office politics with lots of gossip, very cliquish environment among employees who have worked there for years and do not accept new employees or new management processes. The Marketing dept actively rejects project management processes. I keep hearing the phrase "that's not how we do things here." It's a shame such an innovative company is so short-sided to corporate management processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't promote emotionally unstable people to management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    At the cutting edge of DNA innovation; however, be careful not to trade quality for velocity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very responsive to employee surveys regarding concerns. Provides ongoing training & education. Promotes a fun, open and high expectation working environment for all employees. Numerous amenities offered to employees at San Diego headquarters.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, but does not have correct infrastructure and procedures to support that yet. Should focus more on Information Technology capability gaps in order to realize full potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive for innovation must also be balanced with maturity of that rapidly advancing technology.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people and management is very accessible. Campus is very nice. Work is fast paced.

    Cons

    Too many meetings means you need to work long hours to get your work done (unless you are management because then meetings are work for you)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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