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  1. "Changes are the constant"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Well run."

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    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great science. Good people. Lots of moving parts to integrate, but a good team of execs workingon making it happen. Messy at times, but overall for the greater good.

    Cons

    lots of change in today's world so for folks uneasy with change, not a smooth ride

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work, but remember the "little people"

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Politics, no appreciation for long term customers, killing most important product lines"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Good place for people who can handle changes in direction on a regular basis and know how to handle politics.

    Cons

    Company is wrought with politics. They only care about M&A's and positioning themselves to be sold. They don't appreciate long-term employees and are not thinking of products that customers rely on heavily. They think that R&D employees are easily replaced instead of recognizing the complexity of work experience the products require.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people in headquarters work with people in remote offices and that they don't ignore or sabotage them. Stop promoting people who are not respected by your employees. Don't forget your Cheminformatics baseline.


  4. "Challenging environment - crazy work hours"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment, Decent compensation,Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Fewer resources force employees to work crazy hours. they have more than regular lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to have a solid direction and work on implementing it.


  5. "Ten years with the company(s)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leading product suite, interesting science-centric domain, strong team of contributors.

    Cons

    Knee-jerk reactions to problems often resulting in blindly prescribed, process-intense "solutions".

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice & Friendly Environment"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    1.Smart professionals.
    2. Friendly work environment.
    3. Happy Hour on Thursday
    4. Lots of projects to work on.
    5. Provide training
    6. Flexible hours

    It's a great place to work on new projects. Management will support training to deploy new technologies. Everyone works hard and have been there for years.

    Cons

    1. Work long hours.
    2. Team gets consolidated to smaller group yearly.
    3. Outsource work to India.

    If you like a fast pace environment, heavy workload, with little rewards; this is a place to be. Here you'll learn how to manage your time.


  7. "Good Company, Growing Fast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work.

    Cons

    You have to be a self-starter.

    Advice to Management

    Need to engage more with employees

  8. "A company that truly respects and appreciates your contributions"

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    Current Employee - Software Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Support Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best thing from my own experience, is that they don't micro-manage you. They hire you to do the job and don't feel the need to hover over you to ensure you get it done. They provide a friendly open environment where everyone works together, without a defined hierarchy. You are treated as an equal by everyone, regardless of the initials that follow their name. They strive to provide a relaxed atmosphere and grant employees opportunities to have fun with their co-workers, whether it be at the weekly on site happy hours, to the amenities like, pool table, shuffleboard and Foosball or the full gym and basketball court. I also like the relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Honestly, I haven't found any. I'll update my review should I stumble across something later.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. You've assembled an eclectic group of people that are on board with the companies goals and work to continue pushing us forward.


  9. "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


  10. "Advisory software test engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Test Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Advisory Software Test Engineer in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Encourage friendly environment among peers and good benefits.

    Cons

    Management direction changes frequently, every year new organisation.

    Advice to Management

    Need solid direction, instead of changing focus every year.


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