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Illumina Reviews

Updated 15 Jan 2020

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4.1
83%
Recommend to a Friend
91%
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Illumina President & CEO Francis deSouza
Francis deSouza
388 Ratings
Pros
  • "It is an exciting, fast paced company where things are always evolving(in 81 reviews)

  • "care to employees welfare; work-life balance(in 66 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some teams have much better work/life balance while other are perpetually stressed out(in 66 reviews)

  • "Fast-paced environment and constant changes in project and management(in 61 reviews)

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  1. "Good work place"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Engaging work and smart people

    Cons

    Move really fast and decision making is quick

    Advice to Management

    Create realistic timelines

    Illumina2020-01-14
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Scientist 

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Fast-paced environment and constant changes in project and management

    Illumina2020-01-02
  3. "Technical writer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Ok not so bad at least

    Cons

    Ok not so bad at least salary is paid

    Advice to Management

    Ok

    Illumina2020-01-02
  4. "Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior SAP Consultant in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great managers and team environment

    Cons

    Low pay For current employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to keep employees

    Illumina2019-12-18
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Okay place to get a job, but not a great place to build a career"

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    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina

    Pros

    It's easy to coast if you are reasonably intelligent and don't let yourself get sucked into the constant chaos/drama.

    Cons

    There is little to be gained by putting in extra effort. The same people are in charge of every project regardless of outcomes. Managers are not empowered to motivate employees with pay and promotions; decisions are made at higher levels by people often without direct knowledge of who does what. Strategies, priorities, and budgets seem to change month to month. Whatever you are working on could become obsolete at any time, and no one will be grateful for your efforts. Slick internal communication promoting how great the company is, and emotionally appealing reminders of company's mission featuring people suffering from diseases, substitute for tangible rewards to motivate employees.

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    Illumina2019-12-21
  6. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Singapore
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice employee benefit and work environment. Top management focus and keep improve the safety in workplace.

    Cons

    Fail to recognize long year service employee contributions and efforts

    Advice to Management

    To reduce the high turn over rate, new staff paid higher than long year service staff. Disappointed fans slowly left the ILMN ballpark.

    Illumina2019-12-28
  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great company with a strong future

    Cons

    Very to heavy in general

    Illumina2019-12-12
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Sad testament to what happens when you deprioritize employees for years"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Intelligent and hardworking people who want to make an impact; modern offices and great campus perks; promising technology

    Cons

    Leadership (from what I've seen HR is one of the worst) follows a dictatorship model - employee ideas are presented as the work of their leaders, favoritism runs rampant even when it isn't deserved or earned, anyone else who has an opinion is immediately hushed or told to stay in their lane. You aren't empowered or trusted to make decisions, even at your own pay grade. As a manager, it's impossible to downplay to your team that it's happening and still look yourself in the mirror each day.

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    Advice to Management

    Your top performers started leaving several years ago when they saw the downward spiral of the culture. You are left with: those who haven't yet, but will figure it out and leave as well, those who just want a job so they follow the "stepford" model laid out for them, or the few in the ranks of heavily compensated and rewarded. You aren't too big too lose, so work on your culture before it's too late.

    Illumina2019-12-17
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great technical people, awesome campus, good life work balance (depending on the division), decent benefits, do not really live the values as advertised

    Cons

    Sub-par pay, not great Sr. Leadership, terrible mid-management, career opportunities limited by stale management and weird policies based on minimum years in position and not just on merit and readiness

    Advice to Management

    Flush out people in management roles that ended up there because of seniority and not because of merit. Most decisions are decentralized, and when you have poor decision making at the periphery, the entire system reflects it

    Illumina2019-12-18
  10. "Great Mission Under Serious Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Company mission Employee benefits Life balance (Flexible time-off) Beautiful campus and location-San Diego

    Cons

    Political, unorganized, and sometimes toxic work environment. Attractive company values only in writing but NOT in practice: - teams do NOT collaborate deeply: extremely" cliquish" and political with tons of closed-door meetings for upper management only; - NOT open – transparency? Not at Illumina! Promotion is mostly based on networking or friendship with managers rather than the actual performance. (some PhD level scientist make less than $45/hour, women specially) Lack of diversity across teams. Lack of recognition for hard work. Lack of resources and red tape for any request that costs the company nickels and dimes. Very poor management. Managers lead from behind and are not trained or encouraged to prepare their teams for success, often look down on subordinates. It is common for managers to come to work by 10am, leave by 3:30pm, and spend the rest of their “work” scheduled for “meetings”. Morale is very low as the company continues to layoff great people

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    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, lead from the front, use company resources to learn how to manage or become better managers, stop playing office politics and only promote inner cliques.

    Illumina2020-01-16
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