Accelrys Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
36 Reviews

3.6
36 Reviews
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1.  

    Not sure it's going the right direction.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall a nice company, just wish it was less bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milford, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Motivate people better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work, needs better direction

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    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Accelrys full-time for 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Close knit community of scientists within the company and very helpful.

    Cons

    Better compensation is required. The pay-raise is in not commensurate with the increasing job responsibilities and experience.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Shown direction for the future

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Accelrys

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Academic atmosphere with stressful work environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I worked at Accelrys

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Accelrys

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    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 for 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

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