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Updated 14 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, if you put in the effort to make it so" (in 43 reviews)

  • "fast paced environment where you can learn a lot" (in 71 reviews)

Cons
  • "So much going on - you need to be very good at setting boundaries or it will be easy to get sucked into poor work-life balance" (in 61 reviews)

  • "Ultra fast paced environment, high stress during critical release dates" (in 44 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Illumina"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, company cares about their employees and great benefits

    Cons

    Can be very busy and fast paced

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced dynamic industry leading

    Cons

    Let’s see what happens next

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Technical Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Project Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great products, smartest employees, company in fast growth (this could be a downside too), working time flexibility, working from home whenever you need to, internal job opportunities - one can move laterally and there are many opportunities for such, supportive culture

    Cons

    political games in some senior management, glass ceiling effect


  4. "Great mission, technology and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced
    Constantly evolving
    Exciting and rewarding technology
    Smart and collaborative employees
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Long hours due to collaboration with HQ in San Diego
    Some pockets of toxic management


  5. "lab assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    good culture
    excellent staff
    shift allowance
    opportunity to climb up the ladder

    Cons

    Pay is just enough compared to the cost of living in Cambridge

    Advice to Management

    Increase Pay


  6. "Team work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Applications Scientist
    Current Employee - Technical Applications Scientist
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    great team work and atmosphere

    Cons

    training could be better at least it will be improving soon


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, mostly good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Inspiring mission
    - Very good technology
    - Fast paced & challenging
    - Most people are decent
    - New building in 2019 for Cambridge employees
    - Fun events
    - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Some individuals are highly toxic, including "managers" who show no support to direct reports, but instead choose to hinder their progress in subtle ways
    - Some positions are looked down upon

    Advice to Management

    Choose the right people to lead teams

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Cool science, smart people, good benefits"

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    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior DevOps Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I applied for a tech job at Illumina being very up-front about the fact I learned quick but only had a little experience, got an offer, and have spent the last three+ years learning new things very quickly indeed and getting a lot out of it.

    They're good about paying for training & certification, and encouraging other kinds of professional development. Because the company's growing, I've been learning new things and jumping in the deep end of new projects the whole time I've been here.

    My team is telecommuting-friendly, and accommodates flexible working well, though I hear this varies across the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes difficult working hours - the company HQ is in San Diego, and lots of the tech/development decision-making happens in that timezone.

    There's a tendency to take on more projects than we have people for, and not enough between departments/teams.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing employee surveys and listening to the results.

    We could stand to look in more varied efforts towards hiring gender/ethnic diversity for employees in technical roles seems like it's gotten worse in the three years I've been here.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great company at times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Flexibility with working hours
    Most people nice
    Lots of company events which are free
    If your lucky you may get free trip to America office in California and can tag a holiday on to the end
    Doing great research in to DNA and illnesses

    Cons

    Lots of management cannot be trusted
    You have any problem don’t expect help from HR or your own manager, there solution is to just get rid of staff instead of sorting out issues
    Way too many people with the ‘manager’ titles, each department like HR is just full of managers. No chance for anyone else wanting to get in there as there at the bottom and ignored and treated badly
    Lower grade roles (not managers) have a big turn over of staff
    Company is run and controlled by US management, decisions all made by US, you want anything changed in Europe it won’t happen unless America say yes and like the idea of change
    Too much change in the company, nothing stays the same for long across all departments. Cannot keep up with it all
    They’re obsessed with work life balance, this doesn’t happen still. Too many people working stupid long hours evenings, weekends, bank holidays.
    No one ever seems to be on holiday. People may be out the office but always contactable, it’s like they feel they can’t come off email and have time away from work.
    Too many surveys asking questions on management, employees etc and nothing happens
    Too many silly days out doing “team building” but it’s not team building. It’s abour finding what colour you are or what your character is etc and spending the day with people in your team you probably don’t even like. Due to how busy everyone is these days out are not helpful
    If your face doesn’t fit senior management soon do all they can to get rid of staff, this was commonly seen across all the company

    Advice to Management

    Need less managers. Too many managers trying to run each department. Be nicer to staff, treat them as they are deserved


  10. "Good experience, worth the opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed the interview, 1 phone call with HR, 1 phone call with Management team and once I passed these stages I got invited for a presentation. Programming test has to be passed beforehand - not so difficult.

    Team nice, friendly people , fast-paced environment, very interactive.

    Cons

    things change too quickly