Ingenuity Systems Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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  1. We'll know in a few years

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Ingenuity Systems full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I like my direct managers and weekend and late-night work is rare. Very busy but expectations were reasonable when I started. Very smart people with proprietary systems so there is plenty to learn and small enough to feel like your contribution will make a difference. Bought by Qiagen, the upper management has ambitious goals for products. There is enough latitude within my position to do novel work if it aligns with general team goals.

    Cons

    Because of the small size, and management/senior staff who have been around 10 years, there really is no path for moving up in this company. Even lateral movements into other departments was explicitly discouraged when I interviewed--they made it clear I was hired to do one thing, and I had no other options--which is strange, as I have had many interviews elsewhere where managers boast of the opportunities to move around. It's indicative of the general paralysis in the company culture. The people I work with are great, there is a layer of management I have never spoken to that sit 20 feet away... why is that? I have no idea what they do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People will come and go without a sense that they can learn and grow within the company. If in three years in the same position there is nothing else for me to do but more of the same, why would I stay?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Bulbous, also Tapered

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    Former Employee - Gamekeeper in Dover, DE
    Former Employee - Gamekeeper in Dover, DE

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems

    Pros

    Excellent in-house developed tools. Very smart staff. Top-notch KB content.

    Cons

    Development of eggplant tools replaced KB content as company's top priority, which is not a problem in itself. However, what sets Ingenuity apart is their ability to develop high quality beef. As a bioinformatics company they're just another reasonably competent shepherd. They found (or lost) themselves needing to decide whether to concentrate on what they do well, but may not be shagadelic, or to concentrate on where the T-square is, but they are not cromulently able. They picked the latter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One word: Plastics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Changing of the guard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems full-time

    Pros

    Senior Leadership, VP level and above

    Cons

    Micromanagement, poor administration of Salesforce.com

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Opportunity to improve human health through software development, the cloud and data analytics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ingenuity Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to change the world

    Cons

    Very early immature market makes growth challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More patience

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great learning experience and job satisfaction

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was fortunate to work with such a great group of people and learnt a lot. Ingenuity has a great culture; innovative, helpful and working hard to deliver cutting edge products that help advance science and medicine. Ingenuity is now part of my DNA.

    Very nice work place, with scenic views and a world class gym.

    Cons

    Cafeteria is okay but could be nicer. Also not many restaurants close by.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work trying to innovate and push cutting edge products to the scientific community. Focus more on external partnerships and business model and less on internal execution. You have a world class team that can execute very effectively and meet or exceed agressive business deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Good place to learn

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems full-time

    Pros

    Nice business park, developing interesting products (at least from a scientific and clinical perspective), friendly co-workers, lots of opportunity to learn

    Cons

    middle-of-the-road compensation, inspiration pretty much has to come from within because it's tough to find it elsewhere, individual career progression is not very apparent, it is unclear whether it is worth an employee's time and effort to go above and beyond the call of duty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve transparency in an effort to improve the culture; Employees can see through the corporate MBA talk so avoid using it; Inspire the employees rather than just expect them to be inspired on their own

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Enter at your own risk

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Ingenuity Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cafe in business park, quality office supplies, snacks at company meetings, free soda

    Cons

    Inept management across the board, inability to effectively release new products (lack of real product managers), strategies turn on a dime, slow to adapt to changing environments, painfully slow/bad decision making. Inability to acknowledge challenges and recent attrition issues, employees are left to make assumptions on their own, resulting in a pretty negative culture. Non-competetive salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    WAKE UP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. A good place for a first job

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support Scientist in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems

    Pros

    Flexible with work/ life balance
    Interesting products that are sufficiently tested before release
    Smart colleagues who were hard working and customer-minded

    Cons

    Not allowed to be very creative in this job
    Difficult to get new project ideas approved by management
    Product management doesn't listen to customer/ technical support input

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to be more creative, and listen to their feedback. I never felt challenged at this job and could have done more if allowed.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. Excellent engineering practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems

    Pros

    Smart people who put a lot of thought into the products to be developed and the problems that need to be solved in order to deliver those products.

    Cons

    They haven't quite figured out how to crack the bioinformatics market although the foundation products/tools are should be a solid enough to build from.

    Approves of CEO
  11. Sum less than its parts.

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Ingenuity Systems

    Pros

    A company ahead of its time in actually innovating content and software together. Excellent domain to have begun in. Some very smart people, although often hard to explain how long they've been there given corporate growth rate.

    Cons

    Every single disadvantage of a big company (politics, inflexibility, slow response time) with every disadvantage of a start-up (limited initial market, never expanded, and limited capital).

    Without being snarky, if you are experienced enough, a valuable object lesson in how smart people can fail to execute. Kind of a pro if you can learn to avoid these mistakes in future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Probably a case exhibit in when boards cease to care enough to make changes.

    I think it's obvious to anyone there in last 5 years that the CEO is wrong for the company. The company was driven by the technology rather than the market, because the CEO is not technical. The market they're building for can't support the value, but the management team is not from the market and can't manage this in an agile way. There have to be changes at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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