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23 days ago

Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England +3 locations

• Coordinates interviews and extensive travel arrangements • Manages the final stages of the recruitment life-cycle process which includes… Illumina

3 days ago

Microarray Production Team Leader

Illumina Cambridgeshire

The site at Fulbourn houses Illumina’s microarray production facility and forms a critical element in Illumina’s EMEA operations. The microarray team… Illumina

8 hrs ago

Manager, Technical Support – new

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

• Manage, develop, and support all in-house support operations including communication channels, standard operating procedures (SOPs), documentation… Illumina

27 days ago

Experienced Research Associate (Organic Chemistry)

Illumina Cambridge, East of England, England

Illumina are the global leaders in the development of Next Generation DNA Sequencing Technology (NGS). With over 90% of the world’s NGS data being… Illumina

29 days ago

Market Development Manager, Pharmaceutical and Food

Illumina City of London, England

The Market Development Manager, Pharmaceutical and Food is expected to partner with Territory Account Managers to drive a sales plan, provide regular… Illumina

4 days ago

Electro-Mechanical System Engineer

Illumina San Diego, CA

Support development teams in design and development of manufacturing hardware such as assembly fixtures, light automation and factory data gathering… Illumina

16 days ago

Staff Engineer - Development

Illumina San Francisco, CA

• Work with a cross-disciplinary development team to define, design, develop, test and validate semiconductor sensing genetic devices/platforms from… Illumina

4 days ago

Sr Sales Specialist – Pharma (Boston/New Jersey/Penn)

Illumina Boston, MA

This is a unique opportunity to work at one of the life science industry’s fastest-growing companies. If you believe genomics has the ability to… Illumina

23 days ago

Manager, Operations Finance

Illumina San Diego, CA

This position will play a leadership role in the financial analysis and cost accounting processes to support our global operations team. This… Illumina

22 days ago

Sr Manager, Procurement

Illumina Singapore

Reviews, analyzes, and leads strategic sourcing and procurement activities with manufacturing, planning and engineering departments to acquire… Illumina

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA (US)

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


    * Market leader in a hot field in science.
    * Work-life balance really isn't that bad in the grand scheme of things (as another poster pointed out, the parking lot is nearly empty after 6:30pm).
    * Because of the appreciating stock, the equity grant and employee stock purchase plan (15% discount) become very lucrative rather quickly.
    * Campus is beautiful and centrally located. Very nice gym.


    * Base pay and bonus are a bit low (which is mostly offset by a generous equity component).
    * Leadership is entrenched, and most senior leaders are more interested in keeping favor with Jay (the CEO) than actually doing a good job. The new President seems to lack any real authority.
    * The organization is a bit top-heavy, with limited opportunities to rise out of middle management.
    * The culture is chaotic, in part because management is too short-term focused. Get used to arbitrary and completely unrealistic timelines, all for the sake of pleasing Jay. Putting out fires becomes a daily activity.
    * The company's push into the clinical/diagnostic markets is unstructured and poorly executed.
    * Reorgs every 12-18 months can make or break your career. In the four+ years that I have been at Illumina, we have reorged three times - mostly for the worse. The company can't figure out how to align itself to push into critical new markets.
    * The company lacks even basic processes to operate like a grown-up company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to delegate (especially at the senior executive level). Create more opportunities for young talent to rise into leadership positions. Listen to your employees (I mean, take off your rose-colored glasses and really dig into the employee surveys).

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