Illumina Reviews

Updated 15 Jan 2021

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3.9
74%
Recommend to a Friend
93%
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Illumina President & CEO Francis deSouza
Francis deSouza
505 Ratings
Pros
  • "Fast paced work environment, collaborative workforce(in 88 reviews)

  • "Excellent work/life balance (at least on my team)(in 84 reviews)

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

  • "Fast paced and many opportunities so prioritization can be fluid(in 65 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    COVID-19
    Helpful (8)

    "The “culture of care” during COVID has been impressive."

    5.0
    Current Employee - Manager 

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    In these difficult times, ILMN has stepped up to help employees - safety, pay, benefits, and flexibility to get work done. Trying to meet the needs of my family and work is tough - but I know my manager trusts me to get the job done from home right now.

    Cons

    Ambitious goals and extremely fast pace - its not for everyone.

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  2. "Great place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Technical Applications Scientist in Cambridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stocks, work from home, work colleagues, bonuses

    Cons

    Nothing in particular. Difficult to progress


  3. "Great company for multidisciplinary scientists and engineers"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I've gotten the opportunity to work with some of the smartest scientists and engineers in the world, and every day is a new chance to both learn something new and to steer Illumina toward an even more successful future.

    Cons

    Those same smart people tend to want to reinvent the wheel - leveraging existing technology to speed development is a good thing!

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  4. "Quality Assurance Manager"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Diversity & Inclusion
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager, Supplier Quality in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work and develop

    Cons

    At times operates as a large start-up organization

  5. "CLS II"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CLS II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Company cares for Employees well being and safety

    Cons

    Career growth may be slow

  6. COVID-19
    Helpful (3)

    "Overall great benefits, but day to day culture is suffering"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a whole, the company offers great benefits, flexible work arrangements, stock, unlimited time off. If you can get involved early on and build a large network, you can make moves fairly easily within the company. Pre-COVID, there were many opportunities to network and interact with colleagues (if based at HQ).

    Cons

    The culture is heavily skewed towards "who you know" and many promotions and role changes are given to those that have been there a long time or have made strategic friends. Middle management is mostly in place due to tenure and relationship, rather than management skills. There is a lack of trust in individual contributors - management often makes decisions despite team feedback. In marketing, approval processes are very rigid and lengthy, it is very difficult to be agile. Lots of budget is wasted due to a lack of alignment between the matrixed segments.

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  7. "."

    4.0
    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Corporate environment with some questionable leadership in some departments.

  8. "Better than average place to work"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Hayward, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some smart people, flexibility, pay above average

    Cons

    Company grew to fast, does not have the infrastructure to support rapid growth. Middle management leaves something to be desired. Some nepotism in certain groups.

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  9. "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Analyst 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work and nice benefits

    Cons

    none as far as I know.

  10. "A fantastic company to work for"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Illumina full-time

    Pros

    Lots of upward mobility and you are encouraged to interact and collaborate with other teams. Great leadership

    Cons

    Location in Foster City is beautiful but inconvenient

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