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Amyris Reviews

Updated March 9, 2019
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Pros
  • "Lots of opportunities to learn new skills (and advance within the organization by leveraging these new skills)" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great science and R&D organization" (in 10 reviews)

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" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Long hours, on call, target meetings, high pressure enviorment, have to be a graduate, not too flexible with working hours" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Exciting science, Positive impact, Awesome culture"

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge synthetic biology happening here, powered by industry-leading automation. High level of professionalism and success across the R&D departments Biology, Screening & Analytics, and Bioinformatics & Software Engineering. Real sense that our work leads to positive impact on people, planet, and the enterprise. Fun workplace setting full of smart and interesting people.

    Cons

    It's easy to get consumed in the job and work long hours, which could lead to burnout.


  2. "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Buyer
    Former Employee - Buyer

    I worked at Amyris full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, getting bonuses no matter if hitting revenue or not.

    Cons

    No disciplines, bad management with bad judgment.

  3. "Unbearable and unethical"

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

    I worked at Amyris full-time

    Pros

    Benefits were acceptable, lunch was provided some days

    Cons

    Leadership is playing games with revenue accounting. I have no faith that anything they told us as employees was true. Working on the operations side was truly shady. Poor leadership, lack of ethics and HR was just a defender of the lies told by leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying just to get investment dollars


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Love the people and the mission"

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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

    Pros

    The technology, people, culture, passion, and support network

    Cons

    I miss the start up culture as we've grown and become more corporate


  5. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    people are great at Amyris

    Cons

    there aren't too many bells and whistles


  6. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Amyris full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and great parking structure and easily accessible with public transportation

    Cons

    Bias within and across different departments


  7. "A fast growing company with good people"

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

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

    Pros

    very energetic, good people, good science

    Cons

    cooperation between departments need to be improved

  8. "Amazing culture and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Amyris (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone here truly do enjoy what they are doing and you can feel the cohesive mission pulsing through everyone.

    Cons

    Honestly nothing that I noticed in my short time there.


  9. "Great science, dedicated people, questionable executives"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amyris full-time

    Pros

    Pushed the boundaries of industrial microbiology.
    Collaborative and open scientific teams.
    Extremely innovative.
    Paid well.

    Cons

    Executive leadership was not so rational


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to learn the science of industrial synthetic biology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has some of the very best technical minds in industrial synthetic biology. From the science side, it is a fantastic place (5 stars). The outside perspective that Amyris' scientific talent has been decimated by key people leaving for the likes of Zymergen and Ginkgo is way off base. Yes people have left, but the scientific bench is incredibly deep and they continue to recruit some of the very best to fill gaps.

    One of the most important things I can say about Amyris is that they are one of the few synthetic biology companies that has taken multiple products from the lab into manufacturing and then sold them to customers. If you want to learn the science and skills necessary to do this, it's the very best place in the world. A lot of the science done at places like Ginkgo is fun and interesting, but not particularly relevant to pushing products from the lab to manufacturing and the market.

    As many others have said, the benefits and culture are good. The people are warm, welcoming and helpful.

    Cons

    The CEO continually overpromises and sets the company up to underdeliver. He is exceptionally good at raising money and that's probably the only reason the Board of Directors hasn't removed him. Hopefully, some of the new additions to the executive team and the Board of Directors can restrain the CEO's natural tendencies or make the tough choice to replace him.

    The work-life balance is off more than it should be.

    The further you are from the science side of the company, the less fun it is.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on overall strategy and make the hard decisions about what to do and what not to do. Invite voices from R&D, Manufacturing, and Commercial into strategic planning and listen to them about what each can deliver and by when.

    It's a false choice to think that a replacement CEO would be either a good fundraiser or a good goal setter. There are other CEO candidates out there who would be as effective in raising money AND able to sets reasonable goals that set the company up for success.