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Amyris Reviews

Updated February 19, 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
  • Unnecessary tight deadlines, and inefficiency created by the management, requires people to work long hours, holidays and weekend (in 3 reviews)

  • Too many managers, and scientists out of the lab (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great learning opporutnity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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. "Great Company. Amazing science. Clear Vision."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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!!


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  5. "Ambivalent..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Contractor - Lab Tech in Emeryville, CA
    Current Contractor - Lab Tech in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amyris as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology and infrastructure are best in class. For those early in their careers, the right attitude provides ample opportunities to learn and expand career options.

    Cons

    The company has a path to profitability, but the road there is still long. Amyris is trying to cross the 'valley of death' and as such is experimenting with numerous revenue generation options....in other words great place to learn but not a place for those who aren't comfortable with adaptation and uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    The company is significantly over sized, which is killing runway requiring additional fund raising and dilution. It probably should be about 50% its size....


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Love it here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top-notch scientists, best of anywhere I've worked: brilliant, productive, up-beat. Green mission brings together people with shared values, so almost no-one is here because "it's just a job." Company is coming out of initial growing pains of start-up phase but still small enough to remain fun & agile. Overall terrific place to work with no shortage of challenging, interesting work to do.

    Cons

    Company still not profitable (although fairly clear route to get there)

    Advice to Management

    Clearer, objective criteria for promotion.


  8. "Biotech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Amyris (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work - wonderful, hardworking folks.

    Cons

    Biotech struggle to get out of the gate.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "All that glitters is not gold"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have met some great people at Amyris and made many friends. Generally relaxed culture, depending on where you work. Free snacks, some lunches, free beer. Top notch science - industry leaders in biosynthetic engineering

    Cons

    I have met some pretty despicable people at Amyris. The promise of a socially responsible company doing great science for humankind is a misleading picture that serves to bring young idealistic youth to the company. The hope of a future career is dashed when the business reality is understood by all but the completely naive, and then cynicism, self-interest, favoritism take over. Management ranges from incompetent to benign to malevolently controlling and territorial.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a fair and equitable system of compensation for lower level employees. Stop applying favoritism in promotions. Get rid of abusive and incompetent managers. Just treat people right and they will do right by you.


  10. "High quality science, long painful route to profitability"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High integrity around the quality of science. Open environment - nice people, good communication.

    Cons

    Financial plans don't always live up to the quality expected of the technical work. Good to be a little optimistic, but a bit more realism would make the long term planning much more credible.

    Advice to Management

    Look at parts of the company that are running smoothly and take some lessons from those areas and apply to more rocky parts.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Top heavy, redundant positions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - in a short time period you will find yourself referring to them as your friends and not your coworkers
    Great benefits - amazing health coverage, really hard to beat
    Relaxed atmosphere - HR probably has a hard time handling that one, but it definitely makes for a fun work day

    Cons

    Depending on your department and line management you can be in for a very promising or very frustrating portion of your career. Some directors and managers value each new hire and each current employee as an opportunity to better the company, while others just keep going with whatever flow is going on - even if it's a flow of employees leaving for better work. There are quite a few managers that have a strong background in technical knowledge, but are not well equipped to manage a team nor find the value in increasing their management skills to do so.

    There are a lot of overpaid, overpromoted individuals that are not capable of performing the duties required for their role. This devalues the promotion and pay increase of individuals that are highly deserving. These individuals often will speak about a lack of motivation to perform above and beyond since other colleagues will gain the same promotion for minimal work. There are also quite a few redundant positions. This group of paid personnel that questionably provides value to the company could be used to benefit the company by providing their services to high impact departmental support roles if pushed in that direction, but the lack of insight from management prevents that.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to restructure personnel organization. Just because it worked when the company was <100 people doesn't mean it will work forever. The company changes rapidly, so should the methods of management. Support lower level employees from within the company, there are a lot of bright minds capable of a lot more than Amyris is offering them.



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