Compare Genentech vs Illumina BETASee how Illumina vs. Genentech compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.
What Employees Say
I worked at Genentech full-time
- Opportunities whether you want them or not, both in terms of role development and getting your work out there. - Occasionally interesting problems to solve. - People are really great. ... Supportive and knowledgeable, they are the part that I will miss the most.
- My work was plagiarized by another department (used in an external poster, with publications pending likely) and I never received an apology or even acknowledgement for it, despite bringing it up... to Sr. Director level. - Severely undertitles its workers. Even within the Roche network, the work that I was doing would be Engineer work, rather than Research Associate. In most other companies, this would be somewhere around a Scientist level. - There's way too much variability in quality between people in certain essential, critical departments, such as Quality and Project Managers. This variability can make your project pleasurable or a living hell. Many members of a development team will not know what the other members do, so there will be a lot of assignment of work that is not within a specific purview. - Communication is always lacking, whether that means knowing how to, feeling like you're free to, or giving/receiving critique. It is just not there. - Offboarding process is nonexistent. I still don't know where my COBRA paperwork is. - Slow responding HR department that does not seem to actually read the questions you're asking. - Although it doesn't encourage it, poor work/life balance is not actively discouraged. Stop sending emails at 1 AM!
Advice to Management
Stop listening to MBAs and their stupid Six Sigma / 5S coke dream and actually listen to your own employees about how to best improve the department.
I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than a year
Very friendly company with brilliant people, highly recommended! They are also very flexible: as long as the job is done, you can pretty much organize your schedule as you wish.
After one year and a half, I can't really think of any cons.