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Amyris Overview

Emeryville, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Public (AMRS)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Amyris, a leader in industrial synthetic biology, uses its innovative bioscience solutions to achieve renewable products by converting plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules. Amyris’ molecules are used in wide range of specialty & performance ... Read more

Mission: We apply inspired science to deliver sustainable solutions for a growing world.

Amyris – Why Work For Us?

Our story began over a decade ago, when Amyris was founded with a vision of making a positive impact on the world through science. Amyris first used its proprietary process to convert plant-sugars into an alternative, lower cost, stable supply of artemisinin, an effective anti-malarial. Thanks to our breakthrough technology, we have stabilized the cost and made accessible the world’s leading treatment for malaria, saving up to one-million children a year.

We engineer organisms (yeast) through this process and our powerful technology platform so that they take renewably-sourced carbon from plants to make exactly the molecule our customers need to make better products that enable a healthier Earth.

Amyris is the only company that has scaled and manufactures new products powered by unique ingredients made accessible by highly engineered organisms that are cost advantaged and are delivering high-performance products for our customers, their consumers and our planet.

Today, Amyris is one of the fastest-growing industrial biotechnology companies and is delivering products that are disrupting markets for our customers in several of the world’s largest and rapidly-growing industries.

At Amyris, we are a team of smart, hardworking and creative people who believe in the work we are doing and enjoy each other’s company. We encourage collaboration, learning and straight-up fun while producing quality products and maintaining the highest ethical business standards. Amyris offers its employees a competitive compensation and benefits package. We foster wellness and social involvement through opportunities from healthy onsite lunches and social activities to regular seminars and community outreach.

Amyris, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

If you are an individual with a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to complete any part of the application process, or are limited in the ability or unable to access or use this online application process and need an alternative method for applying, you may contact us at for assistance.

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    Amyris has amazing technology, people and culture. There are always opportunities to learn and I find the communication with leadership to be very transparent compared to other companies I have worked at. Our strategy has evolved, but it needed to and with this creates more work, but it is all interesting and has purpose. It is nice to work for a business with a mission that contributes to the world.
    Overall benefits and perks are above and beyond what I am used to and the perks keep the employees united and builds on community. We attract great talent so I would assume that pay is competitive, I feel like mine is. We have been performing well so bonuses have been nice and stock is lower, but I see this as more of a long-term play.


    Very busy due to new and old projects are all in play, but we have been hiring and expect to continue to do this to keep up with demand.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership development and communication so that we stay connected on aligned during these busy times.

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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Amyris (Emeryville, CA).


    Had a 20 min phone screen and was asked to describe experience. After was invited onsite to complete 4 1-on-1 interviews each for 30 min. One of the interviewers chewed gum during my interview and gave me the impressions she didn't want to be there. I didn't get an offer, not that I cared.

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