Amyris Biotechnologies
3.1 of 5 16 reviews
www.amyrisbiotech.com Emeryville, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Amyris Biotechnologies Reviews

Amyris Biotechnologies – Emeryville – “Office Wall - Sharks with Friggin Lasers!”

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John Melo

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Awesome culture

Associate Scientist II (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

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

ProsGreat health benefits, young and vibrant tight knit culture of learning

ConsAs with any company moving from R&D to a self-sustaining manufacturing company there are some bumps and growing pains leading to the constant feeling of instability

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Passionate people

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Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Amyris Biotechnologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsPeople here really care about making a difference in the world. There are a lot of smart people that are genuinely fun to work with.

ConsManagement does not provide enough leadership or have enough technical expertise in the relevant areas.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Biotech company with lots of potential

Associate Scientist II (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Amyris Biotechnologies full-time for more than 3 years

ProsAmyris has lots of talented scientists and engineers who are passionate with R&D

ConsUpper management who are unfamiliar with technology set up impossible goal based only on economic calculation.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A lot of opportunity, needs more focus

Associate Scientist I (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

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

ProsExciting science with a purpose. Great people, fun work environment, excellent benefits.

ConsInformal communication (rumors), lack of strategic focus, dependent on outside funding.

Advice to Senior ManagementInternal communication channels are improving, this has tendency to become old - don't let it. Company needs to place more emphasis on specific targets/products and then push them to market. Too much departmental change, find a focus and go with it.

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A fantastic place for cutting edge science and professional growth

Scientist, Research (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Amyris Biotechnologies

ProsThe research is cutting edge and of the highest quality. The research departments are made up of some of the best I have ever worked with. The work is meaningful and people are very motivated to make a real difference in the world. That brings a level of energy and commitment to the job that is hard to find elsewhere. It is a work-hard, play-hard environment and the employees do have a lot of fun and enjoy nice day to day perks. The daily work experience is generally very rewarding and fun.

ConsBusiness side seems top heavy with too many top managers and VP's. Also, there does not seem to be a long-term vision for the research path. There is constant change in priorities and projects.

Advice to Senior ManagementI agree with another reviewers that senior management is the main issue at Amyris; they need to cut some bloat at the top and most of the senior management do not deserve their inflated salaries. The science at Amyris is phenomenal and the technology will change the world, as long as senior management starts listening to the research groups. They need to develop a long-term research plan and stick with it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Getting Better

Research Associate (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Amyris Biotechnologies

ProsThe work we do here at Amyris is amazing and once we have all of our products and goals ready to share with with the world we will change the future of synthetic renewable petroleum alternatives and help reduce this planets carbon footprint. There are also many other ways in which we are working to make a positive impact in today's society, and it is great to be a part of this work. There are also a great number of extremely intelligent people to work with and design new experiments and hypotheses with, and it is a very interesting and innovative environment to participate in.

ConsThere are some people who are managerial positions who are not appropriate for those roles, and the work of the people who they manage suffers, as well as the work of others around them.

Advice to Senior ManagementPeople should be more adequately evaluated for which roles they fill, specifically in regards to supervisor or manager type roles, since they will then be in charge of not only their professional future but also the futures of the individuals who they are put in charge of.

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Great science. Change the world. Maybe a pay cut to come here.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Emeryville, CA

I have been working at Amyris Biotechnologies

ProsTop notch science. Creative atmosphere with lots of smart people. We are trying to save the world, and the atmosphere often feels very energetic toward that goal.

ConsSome middle and senior management are not great. Disengaged and reactionary. The real leadership and vision comes from the science ranks. Unfortunately, there is an enormous discrepancy in pay between the top scientists and management.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo you really deserve 100x+ the compensation of your managees? 3x, 4x, okay, maybe 10x, but 100x? really? This really hurts morale.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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