Synthetic Genomics Reviews

Updated July 12, 2014
Updated July 12, 2014
4 Reviews

2.3
4 Reviews

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J. Craig Venter, Ph.D.
2 Ratings

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    Algal-Intern

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    Former Employee - Algal  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Algal in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly, cooperative and professional. There are regular group meetings, and at the end of the internship, intern will have to present in front of whole SGI team

    Cons

    Its better to make sure everything with your PI, to be on same page for the tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Unprofessional at best

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    Former Employee - Research Associate  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some very talented, hardworking, and great people

    Cutting edge technology and research

    Cons

    High propensity for unprofessional behavior

    Frequent instances of management torpedoing and badmouthing employees at lower levels
    and direct reports

    Infighting between groups and individuals leads to extremely poor cohesion and cooperation at all levels

    Inconsistent workload between associates and rampant favoritism

    Strangely forced and overt stratification of work responsibilities, access to leadership experience, and seating arrangement based on minor differences in job title

    Inconsistant hiring decisions and questionable promotion practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on building a team around the hardworking people you have. Everyone should have the opportunity to work hard, learn, and develop their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    science needs focus

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    large budget allows for top-notch equipment acquisition

    Cons

    Science is not emphasized. Key positions in management were incompetent and were better at paperwork than critical analysis of the science. Lots of positions were filled due to timelines rather than because candidates were good fits. Company spins off multiple entities rather than focusing on one or two key products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reassess middle management employees

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Anything is possible with new technology and access to new technologies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Budget to purchase state-of-the art instruments and information; mostly competent people with strong technical expertise; founder is famous and is truly interested in science; exposure to new ideas; located near Torrey Pines state park which is great for jogging, biking and surfing

    Cons

    Dysfunctional inexperienced executive management; lack of focus and guidance; inconsistent feedback on programs and progress; ideas outside of the "inner group" are not welcome; unrealistic expectations; high turnover in key positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on realistic outcomes for the technology to deliver and value them realistically; management should spend more time with the people actually working on the projects, listen to them and value their input

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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