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Accelrys Reviews

Updated April 6, 2017
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1. "Just my opinion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of the business is compelling.

    Cons

    Being part of a larger company (DS) comes with frustrations.


  2. "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Milford, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work in life sciences

    Cons

    Technology was outdated - structure felt old fashioned


  3. "Senior SDET"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Good cutting Edge Technology
    * Good Process

    Cons

    Nothing Going good noting to add

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


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  5. "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


  6. "Good times and bad times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met some very bright and interesting people. Company is very flexible with working from home, etc. Some products are fun to work with (I am a geek). One senior person I hold responsible for a lot of dissatisfaction has now left.

    Cons

    Management was always chasing the next company to take over. Company was fragmented and did not feel as one company. Commercially the decision in life sciences to prioritise lab notebooks over science was probably right but as a scientist I felt left behind. Company had (has) large churn. Services were punished for success.

    Advice to Management

    I would guess there are no notebook companies left to take over but even if there are stop taking them over. Integrate the technologies you have acquired. There is science in life science, Pipeline Pilot is seen too much as an integration platform and the likes of Knime/Python are taking over the datamining field.


  7. "Rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Most of the people are great to work with. Great benefits. Work life balance.

    Cons

    As most companies, you will find work place politics there and some director's are looking for you to kiss it.


  8. "Good learning and amazing people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good learning experience in a completely different domain. Extremely talented people. good exposure to new and different technologies.

    Cons

    nothing that comes to mind


  9. 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.


  10. "Sales management was in transition"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid leadership from CEO, good market position and excellent technology.

    Cons

    Sales leadership turnover was hard to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Stand behind your people.


  11. "Changes are the constant"

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    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Passion of the people and diversity in corporate culture make Accelrys a high energy environment. Leadership is focused and demanding which is why the company has been able to execute so well in such a tough market filled with competition.

    Cons

    Like all places, corporate politics and opinions can shape directions and careers. Being able to march to a drum that is off-beat can be difficult.



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