Illumina Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
150 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fast paced, well well-thought our solutions/processes (in 13 reviews)

  • You get to work with a lot of smart people, and the amenities of the new campus are great (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people (in 19 reviews)

  • No work life balance, getting more bureaucratic (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Company of Contradictions

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    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Test Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Illumina full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, SW tries to maintain somewhat of a relaxed, fun startup culture. Lots of opportunity to learn new skills and build resume. More PTO for first year employees than anyplace I know of, good stock benefits.

    Cons

    Low salary for industry, chronically understaffed projects, and the expectation that exempt employees work frequent OT to makeup for understaffing. Promotion based on personality contributes to inexperinced/immature SW middle management. SW test department lacks experience/understanding of test documentation. A systemic problem due to relience on science graduates over professionals with solid understanding of what creates quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train existing testers to understand what quality documentation and testing entails. Staff projects adequately or risk continuing talent drain. Don't mistake education for experience, or growth will be exceedingly more painful than necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovation and progress on the forefront of genomics

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Illumina values innovation and progress greatly. The work environment is quite dynamic and allows for growth of the individual. It is the frontier in a fast-growing industry.

    Cons

    Depending on what team/part of the company you are in, you might have to deal with some internal politics, but then again that is the case almost everywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changes Science and Medicine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Illumina offers the ability to be part of a company that is truely changing the was people will be treated with life threatening diseases from personized medicine and therapy to early diagnosis. Also, the culture here is very collaborative and offers opportunities in all different areas as the company continues to grow and expand into new markets such as Oncology, Software, Reproductive Health, Life Sciences, etc. This is company for people that like change....that like a challenge....that like to learn!!

    Cons

    As the company continues to grow and expand, we are constantly looking at ways to more efficiently scale. This sometimes forces us to be reactive vs proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring great people and diversifying who we hire.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    Illumina is a good company to work for. The work is fast paced and engaging. Good benefits and nice campus, and smart coworkers.

    Cons

    The work here can move really quickly which makes prioritization very important, and understanding that you can't get everything done all the time.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Back-breaking and Soul-crushing

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    Former Employee - Just Another Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Just Another Software Engineer in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    They actually paid pretty well. I was even told once that there was some concern that I might have been getting paid too much. Lot's of pretty, young folks.

    Cons

    Back-breaking work. Unrealistic expectations. No real chance to forge any lasting relationships. Horrible communication. Horrible HR. Projects are *extremely* well-guarded. Preference is definitely given to the younger, more attractive women. Expect to deal with a senior management staff more concerned about popularity, politics, and extra-curricular relationships than with actual production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't terminate someone the very next day (without any written reason) when they bring up possible non-compliance with FDA regulations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing really fast

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

    I have been working at Illumina as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company is really fast paced, a lot of work if you like to stay busy, and has a relaxing outdoor campus.

    Cons

    Not enough resources, understaffed, lack of tools to expedite work processes, and there aren't a lot of opportunities for employee outings to make new friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazingly innovative company - great place to be!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Illumina

    Pros

    Smart people, important products, great campus

    Cons

    No work/life balance, challenging to get ahead with all the great people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Totally satisfied with my work at Illumina

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Illumina as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    liked the work, culture, wide range of opportunities

    Cons

    I don't see any cons so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Beware!

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

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

    Pros

    Salary...the pay is definitely in line with top organizations

    Cons

    Lack of employee support, Department Managers appear to be more interested in own personal agenda than working with employees to improve overall performance and team dynamics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure your Management team is looking out for the good of the Stockholders and not themselves when working top performers in the organization. Keep good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    One of the best companies to work for in San Diego

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    Current Employee - Staff Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Staff Business Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Tons of time off. There are two company shut downs annually (summer / winter) where you get at least a week off that doesn't count against the regular paid company holidays or your regularly accrued vacation time.

    The facilities are amazing. The buildings are beautiful with a lot of amenities. The gym is great and has a lot of equipment and is very open. The locker rooms and shower areas are first class. The convenience of the iCafe for fresh meals, salads and everything else you could want. The coffee shops, and the free coffee pods in all the breakrooms keeps you going!

    The pay is very competitive, especially if you are granted stock. Between bonuses, salary, equity, benefits, 401K match, employee stock purchases, the total compensation package is very good.

    It's an innovative company that is exciting to work for. The speakers and seminars are current and interesting and it's exciting to understand what other parts of the business are doing to contribute.

    Cons

    As the company grows, it's becoming more bureaucratic because of the new global business processes and committees you need to get approval from before working on projects. The ability to innovate and move quickly is hampered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the ERP implementation more carefully. This change alone has the ability to paralyze the company. Don't get rid of best in class applications like SalesForce in an effort to bring everything under one SAP solution. SAP is a kludgy system comprised of acquired systems and isn't a single architecture. It is cumbersome and requires highly paid consultants to make changes and fix breaks. The future is cloud-based, multi-tenant SAAS solutions. It would be great if Illumina had a dedicated CIO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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