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Redwood City, CA
51 to 200 employees
2002
Company - Public (CDXS)
Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
Unknown
Codexis is a world leader in providing unique, state-of-the-art protein engineering and enzyme optimization services that can be applied in the development of biocatalysts for chemical manufacturing and to the generation of novel, therapeutically relevant biologic candidates ... Read more

Codexis Reviews

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Codexis President & CEO John J. Nicols
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  • "Excellent workplace with interesting science but limited innovation"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
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    I worked at Codexis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly and approachable employees. Company morale seems to be quite good. Management is friendly and encouraging. Fairly low stress for lower positions without being pushed into too much overtime.

    Cons

    Fair portion of work in most departments is quite routine, although there is some really exciting research going on. Some challenges with some of the equipment that is aged and in need of replacement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep things moving forward, look towards new innovations in the in house technology to keep up with expanding abilities of competitors in the space of enzyme engineering or biologics.

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Codexis photo of: Molecular Biology Lab
Codexis photo of: Employees enjoying our summer family picnic
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Codexis photo of: Employees enjoying our summer family picnic
Codexis photo of: Bike to Work Day 2018
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Codexis Interviews

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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Redwood City, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Codexis (Redwood City, CA) in September 2016.

    Interview

    Initial phone screen involved a discussion about my previous experience that was relevant to the current job description.
    Final onsite interview involved a research seminar and interviews with a panel of staff beginning with HR and ending with the hiring manager.
    The interview process was standard for a Scientist position. My phone interview discussion went well. In my judgement, the seminar was well received and interviews with the panel went well. The panel was quite friendly and easy to converse with.
    The entire process from initial contact to final decision was about a month which I felt was a rather extended timeline.
    Finally I was informed that after the entire interview, they had decided not to hire a Scientist (PhD level) but an Associate (non-PhD). It seemed like a waste of time since the company could not figure out their own staffing requirements. I would be less disappointed if they had selected someone else for the Scientist position rather than being told the position doesn't exist anymore.

    Interview Questions

    • What are your long term goals?

      What was your most challenging task and how did you handle it?

      Have you had any conflict with a coworker in the past and how did you solve it?

      What are your salary expectations?

      These were more general HR questions. Other questions were more technical related to my previous experience in the Scientific field.   Answer Question
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Codexis Awards & Accolades

  • San Francisco Bay Areas Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, National Association for Business Resources (NABR), 2017
  • San Francisco Bay Areas Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, National Association for Business Resources, 2018

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