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Accelrys Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
35 Reviews

3.5
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1.  

    ACCL - not for me!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA

    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
  2.  

    Challenging, exciting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Accelrys offers many products across many disciplines.

    Cons

    Management could use more scientific leadership.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    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
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  5.  

    High demanding, multi-tasking environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Services Manager
    Current Employee - Services Manager

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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)

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of ups and downs, but overall bery good

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

    Pros

    Great leadership
    Solid product
    Fantastic customers.

    Cons

    Not as sexy as Internet and mobile companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow beyond enterprise software. Quickly.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great work environment where everyone is respectful of others.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    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.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Accelrys was terrible

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

    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. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not A Stable Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Accelerys Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Install Base is very strong

    Cons

    Saturated Market, no Industry knowledge in upper sales mgmt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Industry expertise is critical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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