Accelrys Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Good Company, Growing Fast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work.

    Cons

    You have to be a self-starter.

    Advice to Management

    Need to engage more with employees


  2. Ten years with the company(s)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Market leading product suite, interesting science-centric domain, strong team of contributors.

    Cons

    Knee-jerk reactions to problems often resulting in blindly prescribed, process-intense "solutions".

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense.


  3. Challenging environment - crazy work hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment, Decent compensation,Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Fewer resources force employees to work crazy hours. they have more than regular lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have a solid direction and work on implementing it.


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  5. Rewarding

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Most of the people are great to work with. Great benefits. Work life balance.

    Cons

    As most companies, you will find work place politics there and some director's are looking for you to kiss it.


  6. High demanding, multi-tasking environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Services Manager
    Current Employee - Services Manager
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A place suitable to someone who does not mind tackling an inordinate number of action items all of which are super critical.

    Cons

    Potential to grow the business is guaranteed, the growth is not commensurate to the potential

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the team to get out of their comfort zone. Currently most workers are doing what they know how best to do (which is good for staus-quo but not necessarily effective for demonstrating growth)


  7. Challenging, exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Accelrys offers many products across many disciplines.

    Cons

    Management could use more scientific leadership.


  8. Good learning and amazing people to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience in a completely different domain. Extremely talented people. good exposure to new and different technologies.

    Cons

    nothing that comes to mind


  9. Good times and bad times

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met some very bright and interesting people. Company is very flexible with working from home, etc. Some products are fun to work with (I am a geek). One senior person I hold responsible for a lot of dissatisfaction has now left.

    Cons

    Management was always chasing the next company to take over. Company was fragmented and did not feel as one company. Commercially the decision in life sciences to prioritise lab notebooks over science was probably right but as a scientist I felt left behind. Company had (has) large churn. Services were punished for success.

    Advice to Management

    I would guess there are no notebook companies left to take over but even if there are stop taking them over. Integrate the technologies you have acquired. There is science in life science, Pipeline Pilot is seen too much as an integration platform and the likes of Knime/Python are taking over the datamining field.


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    Stress and ever-changing direction by management-not a good place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great product and will be a leader in its industry soon. Employees are team-spirited and fun to work with. Management was flexible if employees needed personal time off. HR provided good moral events.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially in management. Company keeps changing its direction which makes it difficult for employees to adjust to all the changes and diffficult for new officers to transition into the company's culture and objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees. Don't just pitch how well the company is doing on the financial side and then layoff employees.


  11. Great if you love science and nice people, but not great if your a Tech Happy person.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great customers with a global footprint Stable and a money maker Not a cut throat environment Growing both organically and through M/A.

    Cons

    Too much of a focus on Science and not enough in other areas. Slow to take up new technologies internally and within products.

    Advice to Management

    Be better listeners and follow up on feedback. Provide more career guidance and opportunities to those looking to move up in their career versus waiting for them to leave.



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