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Amyris Reviews

Updated June 24, 2017
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Pros
  • People are nice, very glad to help (in 4 reviews)

  • Great science and R&D organization (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management who are unfamiliar with technology set up impossible goal based only on economic calculation (in 3 reviews)

  • things are constantly changing and employees are always expected to just get with the program and perform at their best (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great learning opporutnity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Community of driven and knowledgeable individuals who are keen to help others. Lots of opportunities to learn and grow if you take the initiative

    Cons

    The company is not yet profitable so you feel the pressure and morale-hit of the financial situation. Sometimes the company is too kind and soft on employees

    Advice to Management

    Realize when you have to cut your losses and let people go. I have worked with numerous people who are a detriment to the company. The sunk cost fallacy applies here


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A dog-eat-dog world in a pipe dream"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent fundraising abilities and recruiting.
    Great place to work fresh out of school.

    Cons

    False advertising to prospective employees on what projects they will work on.
    Management pitches employees against each other even within the same team in order to achieve goals.
    Unrealistic goals with even more unrealistic duration for goal completion.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pitching your employees against each other. The company culture is that of an illusion of affluence, with nothing tangibly realistic to offer to the consumer, employee, or the shareholders. People are sometimes expected to work 12-16 hours a day (Chinese sweat-shop anyone?) when they have young children to care for. Collaboration and positive reinforcement, clear goals and realistic timelines are all part of a happy company culture that may yield a viable product. Your culture is off. Shareholders' and investor funding is used to entice workers to stay at work as much as possible, even if they are not actually working!

  3. "a fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist I in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist I in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting science, good people, free lunch,

    Cons

    sometimes difficult to work as a team as some people tended to keep info to themselves.

    Advice to Management

    when an employee is on Family Medical Leave their workload should be reduced not increased


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company. Amazing science. Clear Vision."

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are positive and willing to help others. Great atmosphere. Beautiful views of the Berkeley hills from the lab. Science is cutting-edge. Always looking for better ideas.

    Cons

    Stock price. Hopefully this will change.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "This is the most welcoming place for anyone fresh out of acedemia"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. People
    2. People
    3. People
    People who work here are were warm and welcoming. If something goes wrong you are never blamed but the problem is looked at objectively.
    4. Science: The science here is absolutely awesome. Every day is a challenge. Fodder for the gray matter

    Cons

    Salary is no the lower end of the SF average. But hey who cares. Amyris gives you a wonderful environment to flourish.

    Advice to Management

    Be awesome as always!!


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Sr Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent collaboration at the scientist level.
    Science is amazingly complex and sophisticated.

    Cons

    New leadership is totally disconnected with what the company was all about.
    Science may not be enough to commercialize viable products

    Advice to Management

    Stop painting a rosy picture and get real


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Great technology- poor management"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The technology is really great and the work is always interesting. Free lunch 3 days a week, nice collaborative environment, nice location, really great health care benefits.

    Cons

    Always stressful. things are constantly changing and employees are always expected to just get with the program and perform at their best. There is little training to managers so they are not able to help other employees below them. Your experience at Amyris will largely depend on who your manager is and how much they want you to succeed or not succeed. relationships with line managers feel like high school type of relationships , and because of lack training and many other things, a lot of managers are pretty terrible at their jobs - at all levels. I have met some incredible people at Amyris - I have also met really despicable individuals. We all come to Amyris for the science and we all leave because of management.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more on employee growth and retention, be more supportive of employees at lower levels - they are the ones who actually get work done. Stop promoting bad managers.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Great products, poor leadership"

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

    I worked at Amyris (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pro - great products, great people, great environment

    Cons

    Cons - no clear strategic priorities, burn-out employees


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Complicated, challenging problems at every level of scale (science, automation, manufacturing, sales). Lots of smart, motivated co-workers. A company genuinely trying to make a positive impact on some of the more challenging issues of our time.

    Cons

    It's a lean company. Always trying to do amazing things without quite the budget to do it (but somehow mostly pulling it off anyway).

    Advice to Management

    Scale hiring to meet actual planned work rather than just hoping for the best.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Trade good experience for stress"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist III in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really nice coworkers
    Doing positive impact work
    Interesting science
    Employees are well fed
    Lots of opportunity to expand your skill-set, so much work to be done that you can go after just about any issue and the company will support it

    Cons

    Lack of company focus (priorities change way too fast)
    Politics are a problem
    Long term employees fatigued by over promises
    Stock has no value
    After 12 years, still looks financially risky
    Company hesitates to replace staff leaving employees overloaded with work
    Company culture changing faster than employees are able to accept

    Advice to Management

    Management is top heavy, employees complain that management has no idea what really goes on in the trenches. - Executives should spend more time with their mid level managers.
    Money is spent in $10K increments on things executives find important and employees are held back from spending $1K on more practical things. Penny wise, pound foolish. - Allow managers more autonomy for practical purchases, rethink/review expenditures exceeding $10K.
    Culture is changing to be less focused on supporting employees who create results and more on results alone. - Employees are not ready for corporatization just yet, slow down. Allow time for employees to digest before rolling out next corporate-like initiative.


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