Affymetrix Reviews in Santa Clara, CA

Updated 6 October 2014
Updated 6 October 2014
55 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Affy provides good work life balance and the people are great to work with (in 6 reviews)

  • I get to work with a lot of smart people, they provide good benefits and the salary is competitive (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Bad and ineffective Senior Management (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management needed a refresh (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work, and help make a better world!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    I've been an Affy employee for 4 years, and am happy to be part of a company that is making a difference in the world in so many ways. I enjoy being with my friendly, down-to-earth, hard-working and very smart co-workers. Our CEO, Frank Witney, has done an amazing job of turning around the company; and he's also a genuine, caring, and extremely conscientious leader. There is a lot of opportunity ahead for Affymetrix, and for employees who are willing to make the extra effort.

    Cons

    Affymetrix went through some hard times, and is making huge progress. Sometimes, employees need just a little more patience, and realize that we still have to keep watching the bottom line. Like every company I've ever worked in, we need to keep focusing on simplifying processes, and finding ways to keep the workload manageable while getting the best productivity we can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating openly -- even if there is unpleasant news. Keep caring -- it shows that you are now better aligned and working together to help the company succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 09, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thanks for your feedback. Glad to hear that you are having a positive experience here at Affymetrix.

  2.  

    A Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Affy provides good work life balance and the people are great to work with. The company is helping employees better understand how we are making a difference in the world. Hence "Biology for a better world".

    Cons

    Not all of us are technical. So sometimes the presentations that are shown during the town hall are complex and hard to understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify the presentations that you show. Not all of us are scientist, but we all are interested in what you have to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 02, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for your review and feedback. The leadership team is continuously working on ensuring that our message is understood across our employee base. As an alumni, it's great to see that you are ... More

  3.  

    I enjoy coming to work every day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Affy allows us to understand what we do and why we do it. I get to work with a lot of smart people, they provide good benefits and the salary is competitive. The culture here is very collaborative and offers opportunities in all different areas of the company.

    Cons

    Processes can some time be too lengthy and there may be more meetings than what is really required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to help employees understand how they are contributing to the big picture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 09, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    I appreciate that you took the time to share your feedback. It's great to have your comments in mind as we continue to improve the experience for employees here at Affymetrix. Thank you!

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  5.  

    A good, but too-short experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Web Publisher in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good money for a contract gig, good people to work with, lots of freedom to improve things, within limits. I'd recommend it.

    Cons

    The usual corporate nonsense, unrealistic deadlines, lousy content, no respect for worker bees on the part of senior management, no money to make things actually good, just "good enough," which was almost never good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the skin-flintyness, spend the money to keep people from extreme burnout, be realistic, abandon the agile/scrum development concept.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 02, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for your comments and taking the time to write this review. The leadership team will find your comments helpful to better improve Affy.

  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate I in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, great benefits

    Cons

    Less of work-life balance, worked weekends when deadlines due

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep being supportive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Affymetrix Response

    Oct 02, 2014Mgr, Global Staffing & HRBP

    Thank you for being supportive as well.

  7.  

    Good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company needs to consistently deliver on financial goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Innovate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Making moves in the right direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Engineer III in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many good people to work with at Affymetrix. I have seen very little in fighting/politics. This makes it a very pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to move up in the company. Lots of good talent isn't retained and has left because of lack of career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to grow your younger talent in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    OK to work at.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I worked at Affymetrix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Affymetrix facilitates employee work environment by being flexible, providing breakfast, lunch and fitness contribution.

    Cons

    Strong leadership with clear direction, low new product pipeline and employee growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time

    Pros

    Close to home and OK working schedule

    Cons

    Manager depent on employees too much, they have no scientific knowledges

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management level from manager to Senior Director

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Life at Affy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Santa Clara, CA (US)

    I have been working at Affymetrix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Opportunity for impacting business
    Sr. leadership is looking for new ideas and willing to listen

    Cons

    Infrastructure is prohibitive to getting things done fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a culture of cooperation between field and internal employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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