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Illumina Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2019

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Illumina CEO Francis deSouza
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343 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 56 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance, growing faster than our resources(in 63 reviews)

  • "No real cons but it is a fast paced, changing environment which might not be for everyone(in 54 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 less 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 a year

      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 less 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 a year

      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 8 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
    • "Great company to work for"

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      Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Shift differential pay and special holiday breaks

      Cons

      Management is not that great in manufacturing

      Illumina2019-07-12
    • "Wonderful place to work"

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

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

      Pros

      Good work life balance Good management Technically challenging roles

      Cons

      Slow career growth and promotions

      Illumina2019-07-07
    • "Good company to work for"

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      Current Employee - Accounting Analyst 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Flexible, great management, recognize employees

      Cons

      Can get chaotic at times

      Illumina2019-07-04
    • Helpful (1)

      "Used to be a lot better"

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      Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      - Decent benefits - Nice campus (they typically have sports leagues year round) - Interesting technology - Smart and talented colleagues

      Cons

      - Most of the leaders who knew how to run things are gone or leaving - ERP and Quality Systems are a mess and clearly were not designed with the end users in mind - The operations organizations are not fit for purpose anymore and their leaders keep trying to just grind objectives out without properly supporting their teams, creating toxic and unsustainable work environments

      Advice to Management

      Stop hiring unqualified friends and then shuffling them around when they inevitably fail.

      Illumina2019-07-12
    • Helpful (1)

      "Completely honest feedback"

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      Current Employee - Associate Scientist in San Diego, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Really smart people who have a passion for science Competitive benefits HQ Located in San Diego, CA Beautiful campus

      Cons

      Low Salaries Poor vision and communication from management Lask of opportunities for advancement Intellectually elite attitudes Six Sigma burnout Important decisions are mainly political

      Advice to Management

      Worry less about politics and more about people development and science Identify and solve cultural problems Hire qualified individuals and then actually listen to them Pay your employees more Less emphasis on process and six sigma

      Illumina2019-07-13
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