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Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)
Current Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at Illumina full-time (less than an year)

Pros

- developers are used to make new software, not maintenance of existing systems
- lots of interesting projects in the bio-tech industry
- fun place to work.
- get to work with the latest software technologies

Cons

- not a software company. It's a hardware company first.
- they don't have enough testers, or designers

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- hire more testers and designers

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Disappointed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Fast pace and cutting edge technology

    Cons

    Lack of teamwork, poor management leadership and guidance, does not promote work-life balance, and a CYA environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either develop or hire personnel in middle management

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    One of the best companies to work for in San Diego

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    Current Employee - Development Manager in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Development Manager in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Bleeding edge technology in a field that has huge growth potential and the company is the market leader. Work on something that will actually impact human health and understanding.

    The senior management has a proven record of guiding the company through many strategic decisions and is still positioned really well in the market.

    Campus is amazing, possibly the best in San Diego (beach volleyball, basketball, soccer, gym, amphitheater, koi ponds, cafe, Starbucks) and is being expanded with even more amenities.

    Software is becoming a key part of the overall strategy and there are tons of interesting projects and opportunities. Great place for talented software engineers. Lots of interesting "Big Data" problems that don't involve 140 character messages...

    Cons

    As most companies that have such extreme growth there are plenty of growing pains, but there are also plenty of opportunities. Departments that are cost centers don't get enough support, but this is not unusual.

    Layoff late in 2011 probably sparked more negative reviews than the company deserves. I've personally never been approached for weekend work, again this could be different in other departments, but this is 1600+ person company.

    Internal systems are sub-par and under-staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-invest in your employees and internal systems for the next 10 years...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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