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Intrexon Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
24 Reviews
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24 Reviews
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    Prepare to Work Hard, Work Smarter and Learn a lot about your abilities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology to work with, close team members, variety of projects/programs to keep busy with, strong place to really work with high level professionals, and when you hit or exceed goals, often are recognized and rewarded by management. Promotions, pay increases reflect one's ability to perform.

    Cons

    Many moving parts, deadlines, project shifts sometimes affect performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should consider a yearly call to update employees on how the whole company is operating; it would an effective way of helping us understand our part in making the machine run

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A rewardiing place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on cutting edge stuff
    Senior managers really care about their people and constantly evaluate how to make this a better place
    Lots of opportunities to get involved in different areas and make a difference in a fast paced company

    Cons

    Lots of new people so lots of people learning the ropes
    Multiple locations make cross coordinating with other groups difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company should be more open to employee training and promoting from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting work, chaotic organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work on many projects, some of them among the hottest and most cutting edge in biotech. Good scientists and research associates. Very strong leader of Health Sector.

    Cons

    Projects change very rapidly. Top heavy at East Coast locations--VPs and Senior Directors involved in minutia. Lots of pressure from many directions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Chill out a little, the work will get done on schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    This biotech firm will fail faster than it lays off employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time

    Pros

    Absolutely none. I can't think of one thing.

    Cons

    Where do I even begin? First off, this company has zero empathy for the people they employ. Intrexon used to have a very competitive benefits package. They basically eliminated that and no tuition reimbursement which was a plus for many of the employees here. So many layoffs, you feel like you're constantly playing Russian roulette when you walk through the doors. Mentally unstable upper level management with absolutely NO background in science or biotechnology, hence giving the scientists unrealistic expectations and unattainable goals. There's no possible way to move up unless you're one of management's favorites. New positions that open up within the company are immediately filled by people with no experience as demanded by the position, and no interviews were ever conducted to give anyone else a chance to even try and get the job. There is also no tangible employee handbook, just a series of "rules" made up by someone random when management finds something out that rubs them the wrong way. The way that this company is going now, I have little hope for the fate of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people who "manage" the lab associates should learn something about science themselves and apply that to making more logical "operational decisions."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tedious, Frustrating, Boring, Unimaginative, Dead-end work environment coupled with neurotic and clueless management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Associate I in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Laboratory Associate I in Blacksburg, VA

    I have been working at Intrexon

    Pros

    This job offers decent benefits, most of which are being redacted and changed. It is simply a job in the region for life science majors looking to go elsewhere, but need a job for the meantime.

    Cons

    The management will feed you words and "future plans" with no compensation, in order to save face and get the work done. They have little to no direction in their decisions, lack foresight, treat their employees unfairly and rarely have anything encouraging to say. There is a GIANT disconnect between upper management and the people who actually do the work. They do not care about fixing any of these problems, because they see their employees as expendable labor. The work environment is dull and uninviting, yet most of the colleagues are nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees more justly, offer long due compensation for their efforts, do not feed them words of future plans without actually acting upon them and get in touch with the low morale all of the employees are currently feeling.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inexperienced, unfocused leadership and oversold technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at Intrexon

    Pros

    The technology has enormous potential to be game-changing and highly attractive to potential partners if the company decides to focus and invest in the necessary efforts to demonstrate its successful application in each product space.

    Cons

    Inexperienced and weak leadership at the top of each division (e.g., presidents and key executives with minimal or no experience in division-specific product development and marketing), poor communication, unclear business objeectives and frequent abrupt changes in senior leadership have led to frustration and wasted efforts on the part of employees. Random, abrupt and frequent layoffs in recent months (think South America in the 1970's and '80's) have substantially affected morale and have been extremely disruptive to making progress on the few projects where objectives have been clearly stated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appoint people to key senior leadership positions that have signficant and relevant experience in the product space, empower and direct them appropriately and give them enough time to achieve results. Clear top-down communication and consistency of actions with messages will go a long way to restoring morale and productivity. Developing products based on the technology as opposed to slide decks describing "conceptual uses" will go a long way in nurturing successful partnerships.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    A great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Germantown, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist in Germantown, NY

    I have been working at Intrexon

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for learning. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Company is still growing so clear ut job responsibilities are lacking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is actually great

    Recommends
  9.  

    Negative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intrexon

    Pros

    Intrexon is doing very interesting work and many co-workers are pleasant to work with as a team. Team members are willing to help each other.

    Cons

    Managment is poor and does not communicate changes well to employees. There is a very poor work life balance with a large amount of overtime basically everyday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be fair to your employees. They are your biggest asset. Productivity would increase if employee feel that they are appreciated. There aer little things that can be done to employees you care. Really take a look at encouraging a better work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees who create value are fired. Inept and uncaring senior management

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intrexon

    Pros

    As the company and position were described to me, when I was recruited to the company, the job sounded exciting and a real opportunity to contribute.

    Cons

    Intrexon executive management is not interested in making any products, They are interested in creating an image or an illusion of a company so that they can go public and sell off to gullible investors.

    There is no novel technology, as touted, it is complete hype and anyone who is even a first year graduate student in molecular biology would know that the technolgy is 30 years old not new nor novel.

    Employees are told that one of the important 'values' that the executive management embraced was that those employees who bring vaule to the company will be rewarded. This is why I joined the company, even though I knew at the outset that there was nothing novel about this technology.

    However, the fundamental doctrine of the company is that 'they reward employees who bring value' is simply not true; moreover, it is a blatant lie . Employees that bring value, like invention disclosures, new product ideas based on laboratory discoveries, new technologies to advance project or those who asked to assume additional responsibilties, will be fired! The executive management makes a mockery of their own credos.

    Layoffs are constant even though there are many openings posted on the company web site. This can be easily varified by talking with Intrexon employees or former employees and examination of their web site.

    My feeling is that the management strategy is to create motivation by sporatic, and constant layoffs.

    The bottom line is that the company had great potential but saddly the executive management has no intention of building a 'real' company. Only a facade of a company with over sold technology.

    Severence is minicule and almost insulting. Certainly it is not within biotech industry standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why not try and listen to your scientists, and not the MBAs?

    Why not live up to the Intrexon values, as they are clearly stated ? Reward those who bring value dont fire them.

    Doesn't Recommend

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