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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.

Amyris Reviews

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  • "Great science, not so great business"

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    I have been working at Amyris full-time (More than 8 years)


    Best synthetic biology platform around, very talented and passionate R&D team, probably no better place for a junior scientist to learn about industrial synthetic biology


    Lack of a coherent business strategy, CEO that won't step down and is dragging company down

    Advice to Management

    Find a new CEO and develop realistic business plans to focus your R&D on

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Amyris Interviews



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    Manager, Technical Group Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Accepted Offer
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Amyris (Emeryville, CA).


    Applied through the website and received a phone screen 3 business days after. Had a Skype interview the following week and was brought onsite the week after that. Offered the position that same day and I accepted after the offer the following week after some negotiations. I'll admit, this whole process was fast but the HR team and the hiring manager for this position were both very much on the same page and seemed to be very efficient at what they do.

    In regards to the interview itself, I got asked questions regarding fit and probed on my technical expertise on the subject matter. The Skype interviews were more structured in a sense of having pre-conceived questions directed at what you'll be handling on a day-to-day basis while the onsite had a more broad range of topics. I thought my interviewers asked a lot of the right questions in regards to management skills/experiences while being able to test my technical skills at the same time.

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