Symyx Technologies

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Symyx Technologies Reviews

Updated April 7, 2014
Updated April 7, 2014
20 Reviews
3.1
20 Reviews
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Symyx Technologies President and CEO of Accelrys Max Carnecchia
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  1.  

    It was nice while it lasted...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Symyx 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.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Company was great

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people, good benefits, relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    not open to new ways of doing things

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great teams and had opportunity work on different product integrations.

    Cons

    Employee recognition was not that great ...

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    worked with lots of intelligent people in the industry

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better able to retain good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Average company with reasonable growth.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies

    Pros

    Nice technologies to work and grow. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Inexperienced young leadership. Too many wrong decisions.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies

    Pros

    dynamic, fast pace, aggressive, small size, original

    Cons

    too local, frequent organizational changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversify

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Symyx employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Symyx Technologies

    Pros

    Symyx provides good compensation and good management

    Cons

    Career advancement is difficult at Symyx

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Symyx Technologies

    Pros

    Flexible 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.

    Cons

    Shortly 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good prospects for future if they can beat the competition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA

    I have been working at Symyx Technologies

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - More customer involvement
    - Work on driving projects that will help the business

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Confused-- What is your business model these days?

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Symyx Technologies

    Pros

    Are 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.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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