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Accelrys Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "CEO is clueless"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location and some of the people

    Cons

    Clueless senior management and often changing business directions

    Advice to Management

    Frequent layoffs to show profit is not a solution


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Not A Stable Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good and the employees are nice to work with. Casual dress; Flexibility for personal time off. time

    Cons

    Company keeps changing direction and high turnover of Management. Management does not have enough support staff to effectively do their job. High stress level.

    Advice to Management

    Find your strategic goal and stick to it instead of changing it every two years. Hire competent CEO who can competently lead company.

  3. "Accelrys Employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location
    Products
    People-Intelligent scientists and software engineers

    Cons

    Some products are highly complex.
    They are in dire need of top marketing/sales folks to position their products.
    Some of the folks in the management team are completely clueless, and the management keeps changing. The executive recruiting folks hiring the management team are perhaps inexperienced themselves!!

    Advice to Management

    Focus on a company that can acquire Accelrys.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "ACCL - not for me!"

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    ACCL is the world's largest life science software company (or at least they make that claim) and if what you're looking for then this might be the right place for you.

    Cons

    Working for a publicly held company isn't all it's cracked up to be. Accelrys' strategy is to grow through M&A (they are sitting on a ton of cash) and management doesn't seem to make any efforts to integrate new acquisitions with the existing product line in a way that makes sense. Legacy companies/divisions are extremely territorial and protective of their turf and often unwilling to help out others. Even at HQ in San Diego, there are turf battles between biz opps, marketing, sales, services and support.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to hire managers who can make tough decisions. Paralysis analysis is crippling ACCL and it won't get better as long as your managers feels like everything is being second guessed up the chain. Managers and employees need clear goals (and incentives that support those goals) and a careful balance between Responsibilities, Accountability and the Authority to make things happen. Good luck!


  5. "Politically Charged - Disfunctional Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place for PhD scientists in chemistry and materials science - a good launchpad for for college grads with PhD.

    Cons

    Company is wrought with politics. The Scietigic (acquisition) folks create a caustic environment and fight against the rest of Accelrys. HR is one of the worst in the industry - very political. The company is hardly growing. Most of the products are not doing well and it is very difficult to grow within the firm. Most people learn at Accelrys and then get better and more senior roles elsewhere

    Hiring and firing is very subjective - you could be the best at what you do but if HR does not like you, they can get rid of you.

    I resigned from the firm as I found better opportunities. others were not that lucky.

    Advice to Management

    1. Integrate the company so ti behaves as one. The scietigic employees are destroying Accelrys - even though they brought Pipeline pilot product to you.

    2. Know how to identify good talent ans retain it

    3. Reconsider who is running your HR.

    4. Focus on Business Growth and not on internal politics


  6. Helpful (2)

    "If you enjoy being managed by someone who only cares about their numbers, you will love Accelrys"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salaries at Accelrys were competitive, the benefits were also competitive, and they understand that the employees have a life outside of work. Neither myself, nor anyone I knew there, was ever hassled for needing to take a little time off for school functions, or taking kids to the doctors, etc. They did have niceties like bagels now and then, ice cream socials, happy hours, outings to baseball games.

    Cons

    Don't even know where to start. Management at Accelrys is concerned about ONE thing, and that's numbers. They simply do not care about the quality of the products (which is deteriorating); they care about the bottom line. They don't care whether people are qualified; they will hire more, cheaper people with little experience, and not try at all to retain knowledgeable people who make more. Your supervisor cares far less about helping you succeed than they care about hitting their numbers. But, if they don't hit their numbers, YOU get the blame. All of this this IS starting to show in the quality of the deliverables across the board. This was the culture for years while they positioned the company to be sold; which recently happened. The business model at the new owner, Dassault, is "outsource, outsource, outsource." So, as bad as it was getting, it will get even worse as departments are restructured and in many cases, outsourced. Longtime customers are also taking note, and the complaints are increasing. Accelrys does not care about these customers. They don't seem to have a metric that can distinguish happy and unhappy customers; they only have metrics around what was sold in the last three months. They will fire the people who make the products, and hire more people to sell the products. Key people high up in the organization are leaving. That is never a good sign.

    Oh, and if they have a bad quarter, they panic, and start laying off people, despite the new parent company having hundreds of millions of dollars in cash in the bank.

    Advice to Management

    There is no advice they would listen to. They never have, and they won't start now.


  7. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Novel technology, dedicated colleagues. Excellent customer base among the top Pharma companies around the world. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    After the takeover by Accelrys, the future development of the SmartLab enterprise platform was abandoned, as well as many of the employees who helped build the ELN business.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to be given

  8. Helpful (1)

    "My experience at Accelrys was terrible"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Happy Hours
    Cafeteria
    Clean Bathrooms
    (Notice I can not think of anything positive work related to say about the company?)

    Cons

    Management is very risk averse and accordingly tends to micromanage its employees which is kind of a downer if you're not used to it.
    If management values its employees, I haven't seen it.
    Communication from the top is abyssmal.
    Finally, if you're looking to work with the best and brightest, you won't find that here.

    Advice to Management

    Let people do their job. Have confidence in your employees' abilities and give them the support and recognition they deserve. Finally, talk to your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stress and ever-changing direction by management-not a good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has great product and will be a leader in its industry soon. Employees are team-spirited and fun to work with. Management was flexible if employees needed personal time off. HR provided good moral events.

    Cons

    High turnover, especially in management. Company keeps changing its direction which makes it difficult for employees to adjust to all the changes and diffficult for new officers to transition into the company's culture and objectives.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees. Don't just pitch how well the company is doing on the financial side and then layoff employees.


  10. "Great if you love science and nice people, but not great if your a Tech Happy person."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great customers with a global footprint
    Stable and a money maker
    Not a cut throat environment
    Growing both organically and through M/A.

    Cons

    Too much of a focus on Science and not enough in other areas.
    Slow to take up new technologies internally and within products.

    Advice to Management

    Be better listeners and follow up on feedback. Provide more career guidance and opportunities to those looking to move up in their career versus waiting for them to leave.


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