Accelrys Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Good place to work, needs better direction

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Accelrys is a scientific software company with a powerful platform, a fairly diverse application stack, and a lot of talented employees. It's still a pretty good place to work but things have changed (some would say for the worse) in recent years as the company struggles to grow to the next level, become a player in the enterprise arena, and invent the field of scientific business intelligence - a term created by Accelrys execs to describe the business area that they believe they dominate.

    Cons

    The recent emphasis on electronic lab notebooks, enterprise software, and processes have diverted resources, reduced efficiencies, and lowered morale in several areas of the company. The quality of the software is reduced when seasoned and skilled developers are treated as interchangeable, plug-and-play bit coders and development schedules are increasingly driven by the calendar rather than by quality. Recent mergers and exec turnover have diluted / muddled corporate culture and values


  2. Overall a nice company, just wish it was less bureaucracy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Our company got acquired by Accelrys

    Cons

    Lacks in motivating people to be more than 9-5 employees

    Advice to Management

    Motivate people better


  3. Not sure it's going the right direction.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 Management

    People and quality work are the key to success in the long run.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Organic 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 Management

    Upper management domain knowledge could be better. Company vision not always clear.


  6. Nice & Friendly Environment

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Sales management was in transition

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sales leadership turnover was hard to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind your people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Interesting place for short term work. Don't expect long-term stability.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, and collegial environment. Interesting product portfolio. Location is good.

    Cons

    There is a large disconnect between executive management & real issues in workforce. The Workplace is under-resourced for the set objectives in all departments. The company has experienced annual redundancies (7 years running) & struggles for profitability. The lack of financial stability leads to limited growth & development opportunities. Annual Salary adjustments do not keep up with inflation. Human resources management is quite poor.

    Advice to Management

    Develop more open & receptive communication with workforce. Work on focused strategy & reasonable objectives for work force.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Academic atmosphere with stressful work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is nice to work in such academic environment, lots scients are working there.

    Cons

    The company has been downsizing for the last few years, it is very stressfull to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Focusing on constructive solution, rather than micro management to drive people crazy all the time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Shown direction for the future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging problems that invigorate the worker, Flexible work hours, understanding of work life balance, global experience

    Cons

    lean and mean sometimes means little respect to value added by resources

    Advice to Management

    understand the needs of your customer base and they will come to you



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