Solazyme

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Solazyme Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
7 Reviews
2.7
7 Reviews
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Solazyme CEO Jonathan S. Wolfson
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Solazyme as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cuttin edge science. Great management.

    Cons

    Can be a very stressful job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good business, not fun, mediocre science

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Solazyme full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Solazyme manages money well, I was not worried about job stability or lay-offs due to financial mismanagement.

    Cons

    Keep your head down and your mouth shut. When management wants your opinion, they will give it to you.
    Science isn't innovative.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Constantly changing environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solazyme full-time

    Pros

    Extremely bright people.
    Interesting technology.
    Dynamic enviornment.

    Cons

    Priorities, if communicated at all, constantly change.
    Very top heavy. Few tactical employees. Lot of chiefs and few indians.
    Frequent changes in executive management.
    Virtually no work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a strategy and follow it. Become more focused on revenue generation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing technology, tough day to day environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solazyme

    Pros

    Amazing breakthrough technology platform that allows you to work on the future of many industries

    Cons

    Public company that forces relentless concentration on the next quarter

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Promised Land

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solazyme full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Scale up actually works & future capacity expansion on target as promised

    Cons

    The initial optimism of solving global challenges quickly fades as you realize its all marketing with little independence or transparency to useful data

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should apply this awesome technology toward systemic solutions for generations to come, instead of actively participating in a colossal waste of energy to sell superficial and ultimately empty cosmetics, cheaper chemicals, and food with a long shelf-life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not pleasant

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solazyme

    Pros

    It can be a great job if you have no other options.

    Cons

    Management is not supportive and the work environment is hostile.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast-paced, fast moving and ever changing

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

    I have been working at Solazyme

    Pros

    Great mission. Technology has great potential.

    Cons

    Doesn't empower employees. Hires in senior managers rather than promoting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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