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Our People

Our Culture

Illumina is committed to cultivating an agile, innovative workplace built to deliver exceptional performance. We want to be recognized as a leading employer for top talent driven by our humanistic mission, culture of care, commitment to diversity and inclusion, and development of extraordinary leaders.

Culture of Care

To ensure employees know how much they are valued, Illumina has implemented several policies to demonstrate our culture of care.


Compassion and care time off

100% of pay for 30 days

Medical and sick leave support

100% of pay for 12 weeks

Flexible time off

Paid time off without accrual limits

Health and lifestyle allowance

$500 for health, lifestyle and well-being

Universal variable compensation program

100% of employees eligible for bonus pay

Progressive, personalized benefits

Programs for fertility, expert second opinions, and genomic resources

Training & Development Programs

Illumina provides a variety of resources for the leadership and professional development of our employees:

  • Career Development Central is a resource where employees can find resources to determine their interests, plan for career development discussions, and develop an individual development plan to achieve their goals.
  • Illumina Learning is our Learning Management System (LMS) where employees can sign up for both instructor-led and web-based courses that allow them to build their skills and knowledge.
  • We provide a variety of leadership development workshops and programs for our employees including Crucial Conversations, Leadership Advantage, iLeap, Situational Leadership, Emerging Leaders, Project Management Basics, DiSC Assessment and much more.
  • We also offer LinkedIn Learning, an online learning vendor, that has over 11,000 courses available covering professional development, leadership, software, soft skills and much more.

Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness

Our Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness strategy is focused on organically and programmatically cultivating an environment in which everyone fully contributes to our mission to improve human health by unlocking the power of the genome. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaborating deeply, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics.

We are a highly engaged, passionate workforce that champions strong, organic elements of our inclusive culture, as seen in our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs). These employee formed and managed ERGs serve to deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work.

Our dedication here also shows up in other tangible ways – highlighted by our commitment to pay equity where our 2019 global compensation cycle confirmed a zero gap in net pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity or race. Illumina bases pay on compensable factors such as job, performance, expertise, and experience relevant to individual geography. We strive to embed Diversity, Inclusion and Fairness in all we do.

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Safety & Wellness

At Illumina, our vision is for every employee to be a health, safety and environmental leader. In 2018, our Global Injury Incident Rate was 0.71 using the OSHA Recordable Injury Rate formula.