Mission: Advancing genomics for better life.
Translating scientific breakthroughs into breakthrough products
Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) is a global leader in the fields of synthetic biology and synthetic genomics utilizing our foundational ...
I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than a year)
A company founded by someone with a great vision who brought some of the world's best talent in to run it when it was originally conceived. It is located in a beautiful location and by and large is quite a flexible place to work with opportunities to learn about a wide variety of science, business, management and operations skills if one is so inclined. Fortunately, some of the original talent has stayed on board and they serve as scientific leaders in a field with a potentially enormous upside.
There is a very steep hierarchy and most of the new senior management is relatively detached from the operational aspects of the company. This causes a disconnect between the vision/strategy and real work (boots on the ground) which can often manifest as ineffective communication, poor motivation and low morale. The steep hierarchy also leads to a highly political climate where employee recognition and feedback is often overlooked until something breaks.
Advice to Management
Empower your current employees! Fortunately, there are still some enthusiastic employees left. Give them opportunities to become middle (working) management instead of having them constantly overextend themselves and burn out. Become more objective and open with the ideas that lurk in the more junior levels of the company. Often, these people know more than what you might think.
I applied online. I interviewed at Synthetic Genomics.
I was called to schedule an interview, and was left a message to call a specific person back to schedule it. Called several times and left messages over the next week, never heard back or was followed up with to be able to schedule the interview. Left a bit of a bad taste.
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