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Updated Jul 26, 2021

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4.1
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Illumina President & CEO Francis deSouza
Francis deSouza
630 Ratings
Pros
  • "The work is fast paced and always changing depending on evolving needs(in 89 reviews)

  • "The company encourages a healthy work life balance(in 88 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Work-life balance could be better(in 74 reviews)

  • "It is fast paced and can be crazy(in 67 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
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      Fast paced, growing tech company

      Oct 5, 2020 - EMEA Tax Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Intelligent, hard working, driven colleagues collaborating for a worthy goal.

      Cons

      Occasional issues with the region being treated poorly compared with headquarters (like many companies).

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Amazing company to be part of.

      Jul 16, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Innovative, exciting and really improving human health.

      Cons

      Incredibly fast paced which doesn’t suit everyone.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Amazing place to work

      Jun 30, 2021 - Human Resources in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Amazing place to work. Lots of progression opp, and fast-paced environment. Saving the world.

      Cons

      A lot of work! Fast-paced, but plenty of support and strategy to help with this.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Best kept Secret.

      Jun 25, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Amazing mission Great people Fantastic Salary and Benefits Leaders that really care about their employees Hyper growth

      Cons

      Some people don't realise how good they have it and still moan, this can be tiring. Certain functions in the US HQ still struggle to act in a global way. Due to hyper growth teams are struggling to keep up so investment in all areas of the business is needed and decision making needs to be pushed lower in the organisation to remain agile.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great company,

      Apr 20, 2021 - Field Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good package and benefits, company cares about employees' well-being especially during global pandemic, great work environment, innovative and stimulating. Has steadily grown year on year. Safe, stable employment. Amazing industry entry point for career.

      Cons

      Very fast paced, know what you want to do/where you want to go, don't always recognize and promote right talent from within. It's who you know and your network not work hard and feel valued. Higher management aware, but slow to make improvements, and losing established talent to competitors. A lot of management layers prevent people above from staying in touch with those on the ground.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Restrictive and micro managed with an aversion to risk. Transactional workplace in Cambridge.

      Jun 15, 2021 - Senior Quality Manager in Cam, England, England
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      Pros

      Given a personal timescale there are opportunities to shine if you have willing and supportive mentors and sponsorship from your organisational management. There are some great VP’s at the Cambridge site with obvious presence and charisma who are a joy to work for and observe. Decent salary but * see below.

      Cons

      Unchallenged behaviours Unchallenged line management behaviours. Lack of courage. Unchallenged Sexism and double standards. Caught in the headlights for fear of being found out in any way non diverse almost to the point of it being the mission. Like any organisation there are many people who work at the non cutting edge of the business. There’s plenty of work here but really no more special than another company so in this respect you’re quite removed from any technical or vanity benefit of working for Illumina. Once past a certain tenure time if you haven’t done it or progressed then it’s unlikely that this will change. People stay on and either continue to do a good job or float like dead wood till someone notices. * Work Life balance is totally screwed and there is no way of improving it. It’s a known. Pay is good I believe for the area but if the hours multiple up to 2X what you signed into then it’s a different matter. Don’t mention the Power of I surveys - feedback from the whole organisation - utter fiction by the time it’s cut and pasted to suit the benefit of the department.

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place, innovative company

      Jun 28, 2021 - Staff Scientist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      Awesome technology and fantastic benefits

      Cons

      None that are worth mentioning.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great company with people at its centre

      May 17, 2021 - Head of Talent Acquisition in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Part of a company that is driving to improve humanity, daily

      Cons

      Fast pace; not for everyone. Not a bad thing...

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      I enjoy time here

      Jun 25, 2021 - Devops Engineer 
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      Pros

      People are nice and Free Coffee

      Cons

      Salary is not great at all

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Culture has really gone downhill

      May 10, 2021 - Analyst in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
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      Pros

      excellent benefits, strong company outlook

      Cons

      Since the benefits and pay are great you get people hanging around the company and getting promoted even though they have zero managerial or leadership skills. Culture has tanked as a result, the norm to undermine others and hoard information to remain relevant. The environment is now quite toxic.

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