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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Victoria, BC
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Victoria, BC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (Less than a year)


    Preamble: The group I work with was formerly the Victoria, BC company called Genologics; it is now called Genologics, an Illumina Company. It was purchased about 7 months ago, so the good atmosphere and management and policies in Victoria are mainly attributable to Genologics. I'm not sure what it's like to work in other Illumina software labs.

    In the Victoria software lab, the team works very hard, but also has a lot of fun. The atmosphere is supportive, engaging, energetic, enthusiastic, and generally happy; although you're allowed to be grumpy and out of sorts... usually greeted with humour and jokes. They are not afraid to explore and adopt new technologies that make development work faster and easier to maintain; and management encourages developers to do so. They supply a lot of food, snacks and full meals when required. It's a mac development environment. Team members support each other without hesitation in achieving business goals. The office building in which they sit is surrounded by beautiful park land. Parking is cheap and covered by the company. Benefits are good.

    Bonus: I'm getting paid to work here :)


    If you like to work in a noisy urban environment, with lots of eatery choices/shopping in walking distance, then this is not the place for you. It's situated in a bucolic rural/suburban area surrounded by forest and farmland. It's only 15 minutes to downtown Victoria, though, and there are some excellent restaurants within a 5 minute drive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Illumina should learn from Genologics! The management training for Victoria appears to be excellent, because all the managers and leaders I've worked with in Victoria are down-to-earth, a pleasure to be around, a pleasure to work with, and they engender a positive attitude towards the product and working hard for the company.

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    Inside Sales Representative Interview

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    Positive Experience


    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Illumina in April 2015.


    Got a call from HR initially and had about 1 hour interview. She asked about my background and why I chose illumina. She was super friendly and the interview in fact turned to a friendly chat about me and partially her.
    Got three more calls from HR manager and the sales manager each took between 45-1 hr. In the last one I've been asked about my broader vision for illumina and/or what is my approach dealing with a customer what are my sales techniques and style etc.
    I would have got thr offer but due some issues (living in Canada) did not get the offer.
    The HR and sales manager though contacted me and explained the situation, very professional and friendly. It was one of my best interview experiences.

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Illumina Awards & Accolades

  • Great Place to Work Certified, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
  • Glassdoor Employees' Choice Top CEOs - Francis deSouza - 2019, Glassdoor Employees Choice Award, 2019
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