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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 for 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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    If the company had any respect for my profession, I'd love to work there

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology, great business "space" to be in
    Lots of smart people as worker-bees
    Awesome campus
    good place for someone who in the scientific part of the biz

    Cons

    My comments mirror many of the others....this company spends its money on the people who are developing the technology - the chemical, genetic end of the house is difficult to staff, and Illumiina works hard to find and attract talent to that area
    BUT
    the rest of the business suffers as a result. Business process infrastructure and systems are old; documentation is bloated, poorly managed, delivery of information is neither nimble nor scaleable. Current systems - like SalesForce - are so poorly implemented their use is avoided. Software is old and cobbled. There is little project managment (ya know, a schedule, critical path, risks, a goal..?), and I was a little amazed at the arrogance of some people who insist on ignoring best practices..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This place needs a PMO office yesterday. Perhaps its acquistion by Roche will help push it into reality. My other advice would be to reconsider the grandfathered position bestowed on staff. The place uses a lot of contract workers. Good contract talent seems to be sacraficed and less productive staff remains. Bad for long-term health of the org. (See: teacher's union; tenure).

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    great place to learn lots quickly

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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 for less than a 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

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