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3 people found this helpful

science needs focus

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time

Pros

large budget allows for top-notch equipment acquisition

Cons

Science is not emphasized. Key positions in management were incompetent and were better at paperwork than critical analysis of the science. Lots of positions were filled due to timelines rather than because candidates were good fits. Company spins off multiple entities rather than focusing on one or two key products.

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Reassess middle management employees

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Anything is possible with new technology and access to new technologies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Budget to purchase state-of-the art instruments and information; mostly competent people with strong technical expertise; founder is famous and is truly interested in science; exposure to new ideas; located near Torrey Pines state park which is great for jogging, biking and surfing

    Cons

    Dysfunctional inexperienced executive management; lack of focus and guidance; inconsistent feedback on programs and progress; ideas outside of the "inner group" are not welcome; unrealistic expectations; high turnover in key positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on realistic outcomes for the technology to deliver and value them realistically; management should spend more time with the people actually working on the projects, listen to them and value their input

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Very interesting projects and a friendly working environment make Synthetic Genomics a fantastic place to build a career

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    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Bioinformatics Scientist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The projects and application areas such as xenotransplantation and algae biofuels biology are extremely interesting. Everyone at the company is professional, friendly, and generally great to work with. The compensation is good and the offered benefits are outstanding.

    Cons

    Archetype, the principal software product of Synthetic Genomics, is currently undergoing a significant refactor to repair existing design and implementation problems and improve code quality. While essential, this refactor is less exciting than developing new applications and functionality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be that they listen very closely to their team regarding input on software design and implementation details. There is quite a bit of software engineering experience at Synthetic Genomics and to not take advantage of that expertise would be a mistake.

    Recommends
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    Approves of CEO
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