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Solazyme CEO Jonathan S. Wolfson
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    Change is painful but necessary

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    I have been working at Solazyme


    The science and potential products are really wonderful. There are challenges, but they can be overcome with hard work. As far as the industrial biotech sector is concerned, this is a very stable company. Management is attempting to bridge the gap between business and research groups, which is necessary.


    We must all be optimistic and work hard if we are to be successful. There appears to be some calcified negativity amongst some long term employees. If you want easy dialed in processes, go work in pharma. If you want a surmountable challenge, this is s great environment.

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    Keep fostering open communications. Human resources is a bit bloated for the current state of the company.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Research Associate- Analytical Chemistry Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Solazyme in May 2012.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by the Director of Analytics via telephone approximately two months after submitting my application. I talked to him on the phone for approximately forty minutes about the position, at the end of which, being interested in the position, he said an hr representative would send me an e-mail to schedule an interview. I was contacted within the next few days with the interview time and a list of the people whom I would be meeting.

    The first interview consisted of meeting all the members of the department I would be working in. I spent an hour with the Director, and approximately 45 minutes with the senior research associate and each of the three other analytics research associates. The director informed me of the flow of samples through the lab from the other departments and other aspects of the labs operation. The questions directed at me were all appropriate for the work being done. The interview lasted approximately four hours at the end of which I was informed the hr representative would be contacting me for a second interview with an internal application with desired salary/ etc.

    I was contacted with the attachments and the interview schedule. This interview was longer, approximately five hours, and consisted of interviews again with all the members of the department I would be working in, as well as the directors of all the other departments. This interview was more technical than the last, though not egregiously so. At the conclusion I was interviewed by some hiring representative would didn't say much besides "your requested salary seems a lot higher than your last job." My last job was a gig I had before I graduated that was 10$/ hr plus commission. I replied by saying "well, I now have a degree and a friend of mine with the same degree has a similar salary as an entry level lab technician." After that the interview concluded and I was informed I would be contacted if they wanted to make an offer.

    Another note is that for both interviews, they provided lunch, which was very hospitable and nice.

    Interview Questions
    • The Director of QC asked me if there had been a background correction while using an ICP-OES for trace determination on my graduation project. I froze up for a second because the background correction had been done by the Professor who operated the ICP, so I at first said I wasn't sure, but then changed my answer to yes.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was contacted by the Director of Analytics who informed me I would receive an offer letter via email. I received the offer letter which stated the salary I had desired, signed it and forwarded to the company.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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TiE 50, TiECon, 2009

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Headquarters South San Francisco, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Company - Public (SZYM)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Competitors ADM, ExxonMobil, Biovail

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