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Illumina Reviews

Updated 18 January 2018
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Pros
  • worked on an interesting product, work-life balance was decent (in 26 reviews)

  • You get to work in an a very fast paced ecosystem where everyone is completely dedicated to the same values and the overall goal of the company (in 53 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is always a concern (in 53 reviews)

  • Extremely fast paced environment with lot of quick changes in direction -- not for everyone (in 26 reviews)

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  1. "Bioinformatic Scientist 1"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. "Title"

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    • 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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  5. "Illumina laboratory staff"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Good bunch of people who get along well

    Cons

    People often stay late to work

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities needed for those at the bottom - be clear in mapping potential progression path/s


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    San Diego leadership is awesome. Nice location if you live locally to Cambridge, nice people, team environment with a strong outlook. It is worth a risk joining the company at least in the short term.
    Customer Solutions and Sales Leaders are awesome.

    Cons

    UK leadership - driven but uncaring. HR Operations can do much, much better - gatekeeper to progression, non-approachable folk, clique mentality. Compensation and Benefits are focussed on cost cutting.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give HR that much power. Think about treating the regions equally to AMR.

    Illumina Response

    4 Dec 2017 – HR

    Thank you for sharing your feedback and your concerns. We recognize that we have room to grow in acting as a more global company and ensuring that there is equal representation from all of our... More


  7. "Not a laggard"

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

    - solid EMEA leadership
    - strong backup functions
    - all for the well being on the workforce
    - creative, collaborative and positive atmosphere

    Cons

    - Can do better by not forming cliques at a leadership level
    - Senior Managers/Associate Directors have little scope to progress outside of Commercial
    - Commercial do get all promotions - what about other divisions??????

    Advice to Management

    - Compensation & Benefits need to get real and be less data driven
    - Appreciate the lean middle management not just by words
    - Our opinion is neutral as there is little scope for non-commercial functions

    Illumina Response

    4 Dec 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and feedback, both what’s going well and where we could improve. I’d like to connect with you so we can discuss and share ideas and concerns... More


  8. "Mixed picture from the lesser dominions of the Illumina empire"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team atmosphere and great products being made.
    The company is doing great things and on the right road to change the future of healthcare.
    Good pension and share schemes

    Cons

    Not being in HQ you sometimes feel like a lesser employee (both in responsibilities and basic pay, which is significantly below US) .
    Don’t expect your career to go above a certain level if not based in the US.
    R&D feels very lean compared to other areas.
    High pressure to release products in unrealistic timescales for poorly resourced projects.
    Lots of praise goes to marketing and sales rather than R&D teams who have slogged for months to meet deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Share management to areas outside of HQ. If people in the UK can be managed by those in the US, it can work both ways, otherwise very capable people will leave.
    Pay and benefits should be reassessed in the Cambridge area to remain competitive with influx of companies and rising living costs. If people can be paid less in the UK, why can't we expand the teams here rather than pay large salaries in San Diego and Bay area. This would allow teams to have a critical mass in the UK, deliver products quicker and give people enough development opportunities within Illumina.


  9. "Very corporate"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Looks after employees well and have a lot of perks

    Cons

    Want a lot for their money

    Advice to Management

    Work-Life balance is very important to your employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Commercial in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Senior Manager - Commercial 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 people, great teams, leadership is OK.

    Cons

    Not good with promotions. Only the commercial division gets these.
    G&A, R&D are very lean. Europe and APJ & Australia don't have a seat on the HR and Finance table. Also treated as "stupid".
    Centralised decision making which is filtered down but not effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have inequity in the regions - be fair. You will lose talent as a result and that is not good for our business. Stop Compensation & Benefits division retarding growth of talent. Our competitors are paying much better than us no matter what the Compensation division says so don't expect talent to stay.


  11. "Illumina"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Management genuinely interested in making the company a pleasant place to work
    Illumina's mission is basically to improve everybody's health

    Cons

    Long hours, because of the time difference between the different sites

    Illumina Response

    29 Aug 2017 – HR

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. As you probably know, we’ve launched a lot of programs to improve the employee experience. That said, we’ll continue to find ways to provide... More


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