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Illumina Reviews

Updated Nov 10, 2019

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4.2
85%
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94%
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Illumina CEO Francis deSouza
Francis deSouza
375 Ratings
Pros
  • "It is an exciting, fast paced company where things are always evolving(in 81 reviews)

  • "care to employees welfare; work-life balance(in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some teams have much better work/life balance while other are perpetually stressed out(in 66 reviews)

  • "Work is fast-paced and you can get lost in it(in 59 reviews)

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  1. "Awesome addition to my life"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent managers, high pace, high pressure, results driven environment. Community respect. Closely partnered with key accounts

    Cons

    Heavy workload, high demands for your time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do. Great place to work!!!

    Illumina2019-11-10
  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
  3. 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
  4. Helpful (6)

    "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 like a plan hatched months earlier to improve their stock value at years end). The corporate structure is highly stratified, and a lot of decisions that directly affect employees and middle management get made behind closed doors without their input or consideration of their input.

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    Advice to Management

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

    Illumina2017-12-09
  5. "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 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 :)

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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
  6. "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
  7. "A great place to work, depending on your personality"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very innovative work that has a clear positive impact on human health. - Colleagues are intelligent, driven, and hardworking. Almost everyone has great pride in working here and believes in the mission. - Career development opportunities are available (if you loudly fight for them). - Senior management appears to be doing a good job of prioritizing the promising projects. We always seem to come up with... something that makes the company keep growing. - Decent compensation for San Diego (when we hit our revenue targets). - Fast paced.

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    Cons

    - Compensation is highly variable. Low base salary. Benefits and 401k match are sub-par. - Some managers are extremely stingy with promotions. - Some teams have much better work/life balance while other are perpetually stressed out. - You have to be assertive and drive your own career, or people will take advantage of you. - Fast paced. Summary: If you are driven, self-motivated, assertive, and enjoy fast... pace and constant learning, you will love it here. If you are not these things, or you have a bad manager, or you want a tech-company salary, you will probably be unhappy.

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    Advice to Management

    Some of the middle managers are way better than some others. Try to identify which ones are clearly doing a poor job (high turnover, low employee satisfaction) and either replace them or help them improve.

    Illumina2019-11-09
  8. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Scientist II in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture Great people Wonderful building in Cambridge

    Cons

    I like everything about it

    Illumina2019-10-19
  9. "Great environment. Competitive salaries."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    HQ campus is beautiful. Free charging for EVs. RSUs, bonuses, stock discount program, 401K matching. Subsidized gymn and trainers.

    Cons

    No accrued PTO. Too many work distractions with Facebook-based portals. Slightly too many meetings.

    Illumina2019-10-19
  10. "Good Company a bit ruthless at times"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of perks to keep people healthy and give them a sense of belonging to a project bigger than themselves

    Cons

    More work than can be done reasonably, and difficulties thinking long term. Internal siloes and politics seem to overtake some conversations sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Thinking longer-term, and provide incentives to all employees to build long term business with our clients (they are not mere customers, they are partners)

    Illumina2019-11-01
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