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Illumina CEO Francis deSouza
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324 Ratings
Pros
  • "It is an exciting, fast paced company where things are always evolving(in 77 reviews)

  • "care to employees welfare; work-life balance(in 52 reviews)

Cons
  • "So much going on - you need to be very good at setting boundaries or it will be easy to get sucked into poor work-life balance(in 61 reviews)

  • "Working in Illumina is very fast-paced and working with colleagues across the globe is challenging(in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Fun, enthusiastic."

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

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

    Pros

    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...

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    Cons

    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.

    Illumina2016-03-25
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great working environment"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Great people to work with. Good benefit

      Cons

      High level management is the problem

      Illumina2018-01-26
    • Helpful (3)

      "It was fun"

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      Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Victoria, BC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Illumina full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      The company is really good at showing you the positive impacts your work has in the genomic research sector.

      Cons

      They closed their office in Victoria just a few years after purchasing it from a local company. They didn't provide much info to support their decision.

      Illumina2017-12-17

      Illumina Response

      February 9, 2018HR

      Thank you for writing this review, and we’re glad that enjoyed your time at Illumina. We’re excited to continue our mission to improve human health and hope that you’ll continue to see the connection between the work that you did and the impact that genomics has. We wish you the best ...

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    • Helpful (5)

      "Interesting but highly unstable"

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      Current Employee - Software Developer 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Very interesting science, genomics. Working there feels like you're helping improve human health.

      Cons

      Constantly changing corporate structure. They take the "move fast and embrace change " value a little too far. The last move in 2017 was to "focus" and shut down their amazing software division barely two short years after "diversifying" by purchasing them in the first place, affecting hundreds of "valued" employees and their family members right at Christmas time. (A more cynical view would say it smells suspiciously...

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      Advice to Management

      Step down from the boardroom and actually understand all your people.

      Illumina2017-12-09
    • "Great"

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Victoria, BC
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      Hi Tech company, great vision and execution of mission. Pretty good benefits.

      Cons

      Too many separate groups with competing priorities. With great success comes the challenges of growth.

      Illumina2015-10-25
    • "Awesome company to work far."

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      Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Supervisor 

      I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      fast paced and very rewarding.

      Cons

      if you're not flexible this is not the place for you.

      Illumina2019-05-14
    • "great company"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Illumina

        Pros

        super interesting work, with, as an icing on the cake, great pay, nice people, great campus and gym, learning opportunities. They really care about their employees.

        Cons

        Not many that I can think off.

        Illumina2019-05-12
      • "I enjoyed my internship at illumina"

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        Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in San Diego, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

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

        Pros

        Great, fun company to work at. People are smart, young and kind.

        Cons

        Health insurance is not covered

        Illumina2019-05-17
      • Helpful (1)

        "If you get the opportunity to work for Illumina take it!"

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        Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        I worked at Illumina for about 4 years and left a few years ago to pursue a promotional opportunity in my field. I still look back at my experience at Illumina was one of the best places I have ever worked. With a focus on innovative new products there was always new and exciting things to learn and work on, the people I worked with were some of the most talented and collaborative in their respective disciplines. Often,...

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        Cons

        Fast paced environment not for everyone. Need to be flexible and always willing to change.

        Illumina2019-04-27
      • "Amazing growth and company - opportunities and challenges"

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        Former Employee - Senior Specialist in San Diego, CA
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 4 years

        Pros

        Illumina is an exceptional company to be a part of. Growing incredibly rapidly, there are opportunities and challenges everywhere. People are incredibly warm, welcoming, and for the most part incredibly smart. Everyone is connected to the mission, and it shows in the dedication leadership and employees have to the success of the company. Very strong benefits and a focus on building a workplace for the future, Illumina...

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        Cons

        Of course, with rapid growth there are challenges. Infrastructure is struggling to keep up, especially on the facilities and technology side. Seems to be constant issues of parking, amenities, and balancing company financials with what's offered to employees. There are also some challenges around predicting company success, and it sometimes feels like the company spends a ton of money one quarter then tries to get it...

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        Advice to Management

        Continue to focus on transparency to employees. Focus on hiring the best and the brightest, but don't let the speed of growth create compromises in hiring. Invest in employee technology and facilities. It is far harder to get work done than it should be.

        Illumina2019-05-01
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