Accelrys
3.4 of 5 33 reviews
www.accelrys.com San Diego, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Accelrys Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
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3.4 33 reviews

                             

68% Approve of the CEO

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

Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia

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65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsLocation
    Products
    People-Intelligent scientists and software engineers

    ConsSome products are highly complex.
    They are in dire need of top marketing/sales folks to position their products.
    Some of the folks in the management team are completely clueless, and the management keeps changing. The executive recruiting folks hiring the management team are perhaps inexperienced themselves!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on a company that can acquire Accelrys.

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

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    Not A Stable Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsThe benefits are good and the employees are nice to work with. Casual dress; Flexibility for personal time off. time

    ConsCompany keeps changing direction and high turnover of Management. Management does not have enough support staff to effectively do their job. High stress level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind your strategic goal and stick to it instead of changing it every two years. Hire competent CEO who can competently lead company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CEO is clueless

    Manager (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsLocation and some of the people

    ConsClueless senior management and often changing business directions

    Advice to Senior ManagementFrequent layoffs to show profit is not a solution

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Politically Charged - Disfunctional Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat place for PhD scientists in chemistry and materials science - a good launchpad for for college grads with PhD.

    ConsCompany is wrought with politics. The Scietigic (acquisition) folks create a caustic environment and fight against the rest of Accelrys. HR is one of the worst in the industry - very political. The company is hardly growing. Most of the products are not doing well and it is very difficult to grow within the firm. Most people learn at Accelrys and then get better and more senior roles elsewhere

    Hiring and firing is very subjective - you could be the best at what you do but if HR does not like you, they can get rid of you.

    I resigned from the firm as I found better opportunities. others were not that lucky.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Integrate the company so ti behaves as one. The scietigic employees are destroying Accelrys - even though they brought Pipeline pilot product to you.

    2. Know how to identify good talent ans retain it

    3. Reconsider who is running your HR.

    4. Focus on Business Growth and not on internal politics

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

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    ACCL - not for me!

    Sales (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsACCL is the world's largest life science software company (or at least they make that claim) and if what you're looking for then this might be the right place for you.

    ConsWorking for a publicly held company isn't all it's cracked up to be. Accelrys' strategy is to grow through M&A (they are sitting on a ton of cash) and management doesn't seem to make any efforts to integrate new acquisitions with the existing product line in a way that makes sense. Legacy companies/divisions are extremely territorial and protective of their turf and often unwilling to help out others. Even at HQ in San Diego, there are turf battles between biz opps, marketing, sales, services and support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to hire managers who can make tough decisions. Paralysis analysis is crippling ACCL and it won't get better as long as your managers feels like everything is being second guessed up the chain. Managers and employees need clear goals (and incentives that support those goals) and a careful balance between Responsibilities, Accountability and the Authority to make things happen. Good luck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience at Accelrys was terrible

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsHappy Hours
    Cafeteria
    Clean Bathrooms
    (Notice I can not think of anything positive work related to say about the company?)

    ConsManagement is very risk averse and accordingly tends to micromanage its employees which is kind of a downer if you're not used to it.
    If management values its employees, I haven't seen it.
    Communication from the top is abyssmal.
    Finally, if you're looking to work with the best and brightest, you won't find that here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet people do their job. Have confidence in your employees' abilities and give them the support and recognition they deserve. Finally, talk to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Manager (Former Employee)
    San Ramon, CA

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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementMake 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice & Friendly Environment

    Senior Systems Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Ramon, CA

    Pros1.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.

    Cons1. 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.

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsOrganic 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 Senior ManagementUpper management domain knowledge could be better. Company vision not always clear.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not sure it's going the right direction.

    Director (Current Employee)

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

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementPeople and quality work are the key to success in the long run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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