Symyx Technologies

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Symyx Technologies Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2014
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3.0 20 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

Symyx Technologies President and CEO of Accelrys Max Carnecchia

Max Carnecchia

(2 ratings)

38% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It was nice while it lasted...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsSymyx offered one of the most dynamic work experiences one could find in a small company. We had a research business, tools business, and software business, and a great customer base representing many markets. Every day brought new, interesting challenges related to new, relevant technologies.

    ConsCompany lost its way, was broken up, and sold. Unfortunately, the spark that drove the early company left with many of its employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company was great

    Senior Systems Administrator (Former Employee) San Ramon, CA

    ProsThe people, good benefits, relaxed atmosphere

    Consnot open to new ways of doing things

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Had opportunity to work with experienced team members on the pharmaceutical industry

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Ramon, CA

    ProsGreat teams and had opportunity work on different product integrations.

    ConsEmployee recognition was not that great ...

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    Symyx was a great company to work in the beginning ..

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosworked with lots of intelligent people in the industry

    Consstarted acquiring companies and it turned out to be just another company

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter able to retain good employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average company with reasonable growth.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNice technologies to work and grow. Flexible hours

    ConsInexperienced young leadership. Too many wrong decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    Prosdynamic, fast pace, aggressive, small size, original

    Constoo local, frequent organizational changes

    Advice to Senior Managementdiversify

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Symyx employee

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsSymyx provides good compensation and good management

    ConsCareer advancement is difficult at Symyx

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook to promote internally where possible to keep talent within the organization. Look to provide more fun activities in the workplace to lighten things up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very uneven: much depends on whom you're dealing with

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Ramon, CA

    ProsFlexible schedule. However, this is diminishing with quickly growing outsourcing to India, and having to work at very inconvenient times.
    Exposure to a diverse mixture of technologies and tools.

    ConsShortly put: stress.
    With significant lay offs happening 1 or more times per year the work environment is quite stressful with a lot of politics; in some groups focus is on appearances rather than results.
    Very uneven set of people. There are really good ones, but also astonishingly incompetent ones, especially among middle management. Because of that sometimes it feels that you work for several completely different companies with conflicting objectives and values, which also adds to stress level.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook beyond high level pictures and statistical graphs and find a way to see most valuable people (hint: they are not the ones whose main objective is to impress you); try to retain and empower them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good prospects for future if they can beat the competition

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Ramon, CA

    Pros- Great people
    - Interesting domain
    - Freedom to take charge of projects
    - Good relationships with customers

    Cons- Too much work, too few people
    - Poor internal processes

    Advice to Senior Management- More customer involvement
    - Work on driving projects that will help the business

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    Confused-- What is your business model these days?

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) Santa Clara, CA

    ProsAre you an innovator? Intelligent, creative people are given the freedom to create amazing work. Although there isn't as much freedom as when we first went public, there are still some small, but interesting projects.

    The people and the work-life balance here was really really good. The mid level managers were real people with real lives, and they treated the staff with understanding that sometimes you need to go to a doctor's appointment, sometimes you need to pick up your kids, sometimes you're just burned out and they tell you to go take some time off.

    The staff is very international. It was a lot of fun to meet everyone, learn about where they came from, and what their background is. I really miss working here.

    ConsUnfortunately, since Symyx has gone public, there has been quite a bit of pressure to make quarterly numbers and satisfy Wall Street. All their best technologies are for sale, so that pretty much collapsed the contract research business model. As each quarter came and passed, managers sold out the future to make the quarterly numbers.

    Symyx is going through a transition phase right now, and they have spent a lot of resources increasing their software business. I'm not sure what the future holds for this company.

    The downside is mostly that the business model is in flux. Although the science is the most interesting part of the company, I have my doubts whether this part of the company will still exist in a few years.
    It seems like most of the focus these days are in software, and I left slightly before this transition

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou guys are in a tough position right now. All of your best technologies are sold off, so now there's nothing left to impress customers. Invest in internal R&D projects. Bring back the science to Symyx.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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