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Updated May 5, 2014

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2.7 38 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

Codexis President & CEO John J. Nicols

John J. Nicols

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A place for the energetic to work on the cutting edge.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsSmall company with lots of scientific options.

    ConsRecently lost big contract so is contracting in size.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBroaden your outlook

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Interesting projects. Still uncertain which direction to go.

    Research Associate (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsThe salary was fair for the Bay Area. Not too much to be said for personal growth or compensation.

    ConsWorking lean, everything had a priority. Originally working on pharmaceuticals, but unwillingly switched to biofuels. Now they are concentrating on pharma.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No but seriously, we're turning things around!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsCodexis had a brilliant set of scientists to learn from, and science was incredibly fascinating, we were all in this together to help bring a positive change to the world!

    ConsUpper Management is utterly and comically incompetent, from department heads that have no clue about what's going on in the departments that they manage. People that do the actual research in the laboratory are the hardest working and least rewarded at the company.

    Management keeps promising that they are working on saving the business, but they haven't landed any deals of significance since the new CEO took charge. Yet upper management keeps giving themselves titular promotions and salary increases while again, the people actually researching are told that they need to "run a lean operation"

    People with dissenting attitudes are marginalized and ignored. There are no opportunities for advancement within the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet yourselves out of the administration building and realize how hard working your R&D people are, quit insulting them and be honest about the long term prospects of your company. Own up to your failures and explain to your employees why you can't land business deals, no more smoke and mirrors and blaming the former CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people and world-leading enzyme engineering technology but size of potential market remains unclear.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsGreat work environment, excellent scientists, very committed to developing biocatalysis as a tool for industrial processes, particularly the manufacture of pharmaceutical compounds and fine chemicals.

    ConsFrom 2007-2011, company expanded substantially into biofuels and green technology, while leaving legacy pharma enzyme business on auto-pilot. Poor communication of E-level business maneuverings and unpredictable changes in direction/personnel left many in dark regarding strategy for biofuels commercialization. Company did not appear prepared to pivot when its big oil partner Shell decided not to renew its research contract in late 2012.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up E-level transparency regarding business strategy in order to keep on target and maintain the confidence of all of the bright minds making the enzyme magic happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Sinking Ship

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPlenty of FTO, 401K match, most of the benefits are okay

    ConsDespite mutliple layoffs (company is about as lean as it can get), management piles on more and more work without stepping back to see the impact or consequences--they just expect the same throughput. The hardest working employees are least recognized (esecially during year end evalualtions). Management makes no effort to focus on career development for employees with out a PhD. No clear path for development and movement upwards--the only answer is "it just takes time". They are running the company into the ground and management seems delusionally optimistic.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAvoid the nepotism and open your eyes to how your employees are feeling during the tumultous times, especially when the outlook doesn't seem good. Evaluate how time is allocated for projects and understand how much work is required to complete the tasks at hand. Value and reward those who contribute the most to forward progress of projects, if you don't, those who work hardest and are the most productive will leave quckly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Think twice before going to Codexis

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsRelaxed environment, nice location, and casual atmosphere. You can make your own schedule.

    ConsThis company is being run into the ground. They don't have a problem having parties or buying expensive gifts to prizes. There is a communication problem with this organization. A simple request is done by email. People are afraid to speak up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending the money on trivial things. Use the money to save people's jobs. Also the Facilities Manager is a joke. He does nothing, produces nothing, and justifies his job by dumpster diving.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top heavy, no clear vision

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee) Redwood City, CA

    ProsExcellent life work balance promoted by the company culture.

    ConsToo many senior and mid level managers for this size of the company

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many senior and mid level managers for this size of the company

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    R&D

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOkay culture, free breakfast, stress free environment.

    Conspoor management, nepotism, direction of company is unknown.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Liked working there

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people, good benefits, good science

    ConsUpper management lack of recognition of lower level employee contributions

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    It's getting better!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA place with lots of accomplished and hard working individuals, in general groups tend to get along well. Very flexible with time off and generous with amount of FTO, benefits are good, 401k match, and commuting/fitness reimbursement programs etc. Management is making sincere strides to listen to employees about what would improve the working environment and maintain transparency. Many people sincerely invested in the success of the company.

    Cons-Lack of clarity on how to move up in the company
    -Individuals may have tendancy to complain about situations rather than take action

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the little people, elicit fresh ideas from other areas of the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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