Accelrys Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Great if you love science and nice people, but not great if your a Tech Happy person.

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

    I have been working at Accelrys

    No opinion of CEO
    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.

  2. Lots of ups and downs, but overall bery good

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great leadership
    Solid product
    Fantastic customers.

    Cons

    Not as sexy as Internet and mobile companies

    Advice to Management

    Grow beyond enterprise software. Quickly.

  3. Great work environment where everyone is respectful of others.

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

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    An excellent place for a self-starter to make great contributions to excellent products.
    Upper management really wants to make a difference in the quality of the products.

    Cons

    This is no place for someone who only wants to "get by." So you have to put your whole heart into what you're doing. If you're not a balanced person, you could over-extend yourself and burn out.

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

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

    I worked at Accelrys

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Accelerys Sales

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    Current Employee - Sales in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Install Base is very strong

    Cons

    Saturated Market, no Industry knowledge in upper sales mgmt

    Advice to Management

    Industry expertise is critical

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not A Stable Company

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

    I worked at Accelrys

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Priorities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 Accelrys

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Like the people, the location, the benefits and the enviroment.

    Cons

    Management is more concerned with an outside employee survey being completed than ensuring the employee review process is started in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Timing is everything.

  9. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location and some of the people

    Cons

    Clueless senior management and often changing business directions

    Advice to Management

    Frequent layoffs to show profit is not a solution

  10. Good times and bad times

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  11. Good learning and amazing people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bangalore (India)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

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