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Accelrys Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
37 Reviews
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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    Accelrys Employee

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Location
    Products
    People-Intelligent scientists and software engineers

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a company that can acquire Accelrys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not A Stable Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    CEO is clueless

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys

    Pros

    Location and some of the people

    Cons

    Clueless senior management and often changing business directions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frequent layoffs to show profit is not a solution

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you enjoy being managed by someone who only cares about their numbers, you will love Accelrys

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salaries at Accelrys were competitive, the benefits were also competitive, and they understand that the employees have a life outside of work. Neither myself, nor anyone I knew there, was ever hassled for needing to take a little time off for school functions, or taking kids to the doctors, etc. They did have niceties like bagels now and then, ice cream socials, happy hours, outings to baseball games.

    Cons

    Don't even know where to start. Management at Accelrys is concerned about ONE thing, and that's numbers. They simply do not care about the quality of the products (which is deteriorating); they care about the bottom line. They don't care whether people are qualified; they will hire more, cheaper people with little experience, and not try at all to retain knowledgeable people who make more. Your supervisor cares far less about helping you succeed than they care about hitting their numbers. But, if they don't hit their numbers, YOU get the blame. All of this this IS starting to show in the quality of the deliverables across the board. This was the culture for years while they positioned the company to be sold; which recently happened. The business model at the new owner, Dassault, is "outsource, outsource, outsource." So, as bad as it was getting, it will get even worse as departments are restructured and in many cases, outsourced. Longtime customers are also taking note, and the complaints are increasing. Accelrys does not care about these customers. They don't seem to have a metric that can distinguish happy and unhappy customers; they only have metrics around what was sold in the last three months. They will fire the people who make the products, and hire more people to sell the products. Key people high up in the organization are leaving. That is never a good sign.

    Oh, and if they have a bad quarter, they panic, and start laying off people, despite the new parent company having hundreds of millions of dollars in cash in the bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice they would listen to. They never have, and they won't start now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Politically Charged - Disfunctional Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    ACCL - not for me!

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys

    Pros

    ACCL 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.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Accelrys was terrible

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sales management was in transition

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sales leadership turnover was hard to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand behind your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Nice & Friendly Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    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.

    Disapproves of CEO

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