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Accelrys Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not A Stable Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Priorities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Like the people, the location, the benefits and the enviroment.

    Cons

    Management is more concerned with an outside employee survey being completed than ensuring the employee review process is started in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Timing is everything.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "CEO is clueless"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Just my opinion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Merger of two big companies"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    learnt a lot during the transition phase

    Cons

    stress of dealing with remote people


  7. "Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Sales management was in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  10. "Challenging environment - crazy work hours"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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