Solazyme

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Solazyme Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
11 Reviews
3.2
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    What a cool company! I thoroughly enjoyed my internship here and learned more than I could have imagined.

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Solazyme as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great internal teams (mine especially), innovative, inclusive, hard working.

    Cons

    It's a fast-paced, ever changing environment but that's a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and exciting technology.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Solazyme

    Pros

    A mission-driven company with ground-breaking technology. Smart, passionate, conscientious, and fun people working to make a difference. You can get great experience, as long as you are willing to roll up your sleeves.

    Cons

    Everyone works hard, so people trying to coast or to just collect a paycheck with minimal effort would not be happy here. Also, this company is trying to do something new and challenging. Like all pioneering journeys, there's risk of more bumps in the road ahead.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solazyme

    Pros

    Smart, engaged people.
    Technology has great potential if managed properly

    Cons

    Company tried to have a hand in everything instead of focusing on a few key strategies for success. The market doesn't believe their promises anymore as they have not delivered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out how to produce commercially already.

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  5.  

    Great technology, just need better upper management to drive the business to success.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solazyme

    Pros

    Very smart people, cool technology

    Cons

    Disorganized from top down and management can't seem to fix it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company

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    Former Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Cuttin edge science. Great management.

    Cons

    Can be a very stressful job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good business, not fun, mediocre science

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    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 a 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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Constantly changing environment

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    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
  9. 3 people 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

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    The Promised Land

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solazyme full-time (more than a 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
  11. 3 people 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

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