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Amyris Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  • No transparency from upper management, seems like they intentionally want to keep you in the dark and make sure you do not grow by learning new things (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "G&A"

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

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

    Pros

    Amyris has amazing technology, people and culture. There are always opportunities to learn and I find the communication with leadership to be very transparent compared to other companies I have worked at. Our strategy has evolved, but it needed to and with this creates more work, but it is all interesting and has purpose. It is nice to work for a business with a mission that contributes to the world.
    Overall benefits and perks are above and beyond what I am used to and the perks keep the employees united and builds on community. We attract great talent so I would assume that pay is competitive, I feel like mine is. We have been performing well so bonuses have been nice and stock is lower, but I see this as more of a long-term play.

    Cons

    Very busy due to new and old projects are all in play, but we have been hiring and expect to continue to do this to keep up with demand.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in leadership development and communication so that we stay connected on aligned during these busy times.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Finance departmemt"

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

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

    Pros

    Hard working people, talented, smart

    Cons

    Bad management, no communication from top management, marathon hours, never reaching the goal,

    Advice to Management

    Leave, hire new people how can manage better

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No growth, no transparency"

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

    I have been working at Amyris full-time

    Pros

    Free catered lunch Tuesday through Thursday

    Cons

    No transparency from upper management, seems like they intentionally want to keep you in the dark and make sure you do not grow by learning new things
    No appreciation of employees who did above in beyond work - pay raises are extremely small, team-building activities nearly nonexistent, even words of praise are rare
    Highly political company for not being very large
    Free lunches and snacks are a band aid for everything wrong with the company


  4. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  5. Helpful (3)

    "So much potential, but disappointing overall"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amyris full-time

    Pros

    Mission driven company. Truly providing benefit by creating renewably sourced ingredients. Lots of innovation, science-backed.

    Cons

    Upper management is poor. Very short sighted. Do not take care of their employees. Little room for up word mobility. Focus is on sales growth, regardless of the personal and professional impact on employees.


  6. "Great science, not so great business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best synthetic biology platform around, very talented and passionate R&D team, probably no better place for a junior scientist to learn about industrial synthetic biology

    Cons

    Lack of a coherent business strategy, CEO that won't step down and is dragging company down

    Advice to Management

    Find a new CEO and develop realistic business plans to focus your R&D on


  7. "Struggling but Science is great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great science and R&D organization. Best in class.

    Cons

    Struggling to commercialize. Need a better commercialization strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify and leverage R&D capability

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Okay but could be better"

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

    Pros

    Free food, but they have been cutting back recently. Very laid back if that is what you want from a company. Good location good benefits. Overall an okay company, with a good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Very poor management, lots of poor spending habits, not a lot of direction, again due to management. needs good leaders, poor moral and lack of clear goals.

    Advice to Management

    get better leaders, make


  9. 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


  10. "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


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