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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Stress and ever-changing direction by management-not a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great product and will be a leader in its industry soon. Employees are team-spirited and fun to work with. Management was flexible if employees needed personal time off. HR provided good moral events.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially in management. Company keeps changing its direction which makes it difficult for employees to adjust to all the changes and diffficult for new officers to transition into the company's culture and objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees. Don't just pitch how well the company is doing on the financial side and then layoff employees.


  2. Great if you love science and nice people, but not great if your a Tech Happy person.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Accelrys

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great customers with a global footprint Stable and a money maker Not a cut throat environment Growing both organically and through M/A.

    Cons

    Too much of a focus on Science and not enough in other areas. Slow to take up new technologies internally and within products.

    Advice to Management

    Be better listeners and follow up on feedback. Provide more career guidance and opportunities to those looking to move up in their career versus waiting for them to leave.


  3. Good place to work, needs better direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Accelrys is a scientific software company with a powerful platform, a fairly diverse application stack, and a lot of talented employees. It's still a pretty good place to work but things have changed (some would say for the worse) in recent years as the company struggles to grow to the next level, become a player in the enterprise arena, and invent the field of scientific business intelligence - a term created by Accelrys execs to describe the business area that they believe they dominate.

    Cons

    The recent emphasis on electronic lab notebooks, enterprise software, and processes have diverted resources, reduced efficiencies, and lowered morale in several areas of the company. The quality of the software is reduced when seasoned and skilled developers are treated as interchangeable, plug-and-play bit coders and development schedules are increasingly driven by the calendar rather than by quality. Recent mergers and exec turnover have diluted / muddled corporate culture and values


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  5. Overall a nice company, just wish it was less bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Our company got acquired by Accelrys

    Cons

    Lacks in motivating people to be more than 9-5 employees

    Advice to Management

    Motivate people better


  6. Not sure it's going the right direction.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of smart and dedicated people; bold vision and decisive strategies.

    Cons

    It has grown too big too fast without proper integration. A lot of waste and sloppy work; not much attention to details. Management doesn't (have time to) pay much attention to employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    People and quality work are the key to success in the long run.


  7. Growth via M&A has some benefits but also some downsides

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good products with a heavy emphasis on the science. Used to have less focus on software engineering but this is now improving year-on-year. Engineers and scientists do what is needed to get the product out, on-time with quality. Growth via M&A.

    Cons

    Organic growth is limited and so mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are always at the forefront. Integration of new technology into Accelrys stack not optimal. Legacy products linger. Seems to take a long time to effect change.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management domain knowledge could be better. Company vision not always clear.


  8. Nice & Friendly Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1.Smart professionals. 2. Friendly work environment. 3. Happy Hour on Thursday 4. Lots of projects to work on. 5. Provide training 6. Flexible hours It's a great place to work on new projects. Management will support training to deploy new technologies. Everyone works hard and have been there for years.

    Cons

    1. Work long hours. 2. Team gets consolidated to smaller group yearly. 3. Outsource work to India. If you like a fast pace environment, heavy workload, with little rewards; this is a place to be. Here you'll learn how to manage your time.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Politics, no appreciation for long term customers, killing most important product lines

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good place for people who can handle changes in direction on a regular basis and know how to handle politics.

    Cons

    Company is wrought with politics. They only care about M&A's and positioning themselves to be sold. They don't appreciate long-term employees and are not thinking of products that customers rely on heavily. They think that R&D employees are easily replaced instead of recognizing the complexity of work experience the products require.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people in headquarters work with people in remote offices and that they don't ignore or sabotage them. Stop promoting people who are not respected by your employees. Don't forget your Cheminformatics baseline.


  10. Sales management was in transition

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid leadership from CEO, good market position and excellent technology.

    Cons

    Sales leadership turnover was hard to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind your people.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Interesting place for short term work. Don't expect long-term stability.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, and collegial environment. Interesting product portfolio. Location is good.

    Cons

    There is a large disconnect between executive management & real issues in workforce. The Workplace is under-resourced for the set objectives in all departments. The company has experienced annual redundancies (7 years running) & struggles for profitability. The lack of financial stability leads to limited growth & development opportunities. Annual Salary adjustments do not keep up with inflation. Human resources management is quite poor.

    Advice to Management

    Develop more open & receptive communication with workforce. Work on focused strategy & reasonable objectives for work force.



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