Compare Genentech vs Illumina BETA

See how Illumina vs. Genentech compare on employee ratings, job openings, CEO approval, business outlook and more.

Employee Ratings

Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
(based on 1957 reviews)
(based on 803 reviews)
Career Opportunities
Compensation & Benefits
Work-life balance
Senior Management
Culture & Values
CEO Approval
Genentech Ceo Alexander Hardy
89%Alexander Hardy
Illumina Ceo Francis deSouza
94%Francis deSouza
% Recommend to a friend
Positive Business Outlook


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What Employees Say

"Great benefits"(in 231 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 201 reviews)
"Fast paced"(in 81 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 67 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 110 reviews)
"Full time"(in 100 reviews)
"Work life balance"(in 66 reviews)
"Fast paced"(in 60 reviews)
Featured Review

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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.

Current Employee - Contract Administrator

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.

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