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Illumina Reviews

Updated 18 April 2018
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Pros
  • Great work life balance, if you put in the effort to make it so (in 36 reviews)

  • fast paced environment where you can learn a lot (in 59 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is good but more telecommuting options would help (in 58 reviews)

  • Dynamic fast paced environment is sometimes hectic (in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Dynamic and rewarding place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist 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

    Plenty of projects to choose from, flexibility to define your own career, excellent quality of people, very good compensation.

    Cons

    Relatively slower career progression as one might expect in a large company. The UK site needs to work harder to get their voices heard across the company, since most things are managed in the US. Not very strong culture in general.

    Advice to Management

    Management are doing an excellent job these days!


  2. "Life changing mission, great people and culture"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have only been here for 4 months but it is the best career choice I have ever made. I love the mission and the ability we all have to impact and improve human health. The Culture is ambitious, fast paced and innovative. The fast growth means that not everything is perfect but there in lies the opportunity for people to make a difference. The investments being made into facilities and the benefits on offer makes this not only a great place to work now but shows the commitment towards the long term success.

    Cons

    It is fast paced, with at times, a high level of ambiguity, this does not always suit everyone. The growth has also been very fast so there are something's you find are still very much decided in the US/approvals needed from HQ when they either don't need to be or we just haven't had the time to change the process.

    Advice to Management

    Provide greater empowerment to the regions/senior leadership teams

  3. "Brilliant place to start a clinical lab career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast to train new staff- lots of skills developed in a short time.
    Lots of good employee benefits (little things like free coffee and fruit through to bigger things like extra annual leave each year for good performance.

    Cons

    Shift patterns in labs not great (9-5 working but odd days of the week). This was not made clear by recruitment team.


  4. "Illumina technology revolutionised Life Science, now its changing Medicine and Society"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - R&D in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides the chance to work with revolutionary technology and great products that customers love, committed staff, great global community of R&D Scientists, strong commercial execution, highly focused strategy for a large company, great financial rewards, run by technology enthusiasts rather than accountants.

    Cons

    Its not for everyone - you need to be intellectually flexible, self-starting, comfortable with rapid change and ambiguity. Strong global collaboration can mean late evenings/early mornings.


  5. "Inclusive, exciting and never dull!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Great colleagues, lots of tools to do the job, strong leadership. Good team spirit and fun to work here. Always busy and challenging things to do. Love knowing we make a difference!

    Cons

    Strong emphasis on commercial team success being celebrated and not others. Always high workload. US-centric decision making can leave EMEA feeling a little isolated.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of good things happening, but it would be nice to see more consistency in hard work being rewarded.


  6. "Poor Middle Management, Excellent HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cam, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cam, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting-edge technology, amazing opportunities for scientists. Not so many career opportunities for non-technical employees. Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Poor Middle Management, racism from British citizens

    Advice to Management

    Believe more in people's talent and avoid racism


  7. Helpful (2)

    "speedy with good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    good products, some good people, moving fast

    Cons

    bad HR, some bad management

  8. "Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Research Scientist 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

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Growing fast and might not attract people looking for a start-up environement

    Illumina Response

    9 Feb 2018 – HR

    Thanks for sharing your experience and we’re glad to hear you’re enjoying your time at Illumina!

    Greg Bullock – Director, Talent Management


  9. "Bioinformatic Scientist 1"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Smart and Talented Peers
    Excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Slow progression and difficult to break into new areas/roles


  10. "Title"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Analyst
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Career development options are good

    Cons

    Rapid growth and lack of resources


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