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Biotech company with lots of potential

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Emeryville, CA
Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Emeryville, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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

Pros

Amyris has lots of talented scientists and engineers who are passionate with R&D

Cons

Upper management who are unfamiliar with technology set up impossible goal based only on economic calculation.

Other Employee Reviews for Amyris

  1. A lot of opportunity, needs more focus

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist I in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist I in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Amyris full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting science with a purpose. Great people, fun work environment, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Informal communication (rumors), lack of strategic focus, dependent on outside funding.

    Advice to Management

    Internal communication channels are improving, this has tendency to become old - don't let it. Company needs to place more emphasis on specific targets/products and then push them to market. Too much departmental change, find a focus and go with it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great science, poor management.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The scientists are truly first rate. These are some of the best strain engineers in the world. Everyone in Research is encouraged to experiment outside of standard project plans and to follow their own intuitions.

    Cons

    The company is very, very management heavy, especially at the top layer. The majority of the personnel at the top layer are not very good at their jobs, nor do they spend any effort in nurturing the careers of the people below them. The overall culture seems accepting and fun on the outside, but on the inside, there's an incredible amount of dishonesty and politics involved with nearly every major decision. Boundaries are poorly delineated and people fight over them constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the executives who don't contribute high value and who are not helping grow the talents of the company. Invest in the futures of the lower-level staff or they're going to leave. Replace the senior HR official(s) with true employee advocates that mid-level managers and lower can trust to help them. Remove the last remaining founder, as he is manic, unfocused, and does nothing but disrupt important work and cause problems while pulling down an oversized salary.


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