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Amyris Reviews

Updated February 23, 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. "Ambivalent..."

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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....


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Love it here"

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    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.


  4. "Biotech"

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    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.


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

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    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Passionate people"

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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

    People here really care about making a difference in the world. There are a lot of smart people that are genuinely fun to work with.

    Cons

    Management does not provide enough leadership or have enough technical expertise in the relevant areas.


  7. "Biotech company with lots of potential"

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    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Scientist II in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amyris has lots of talented scientists and engineers who are passionate with R&D

    Cons

    Upper management who are unfamiliar with technology set up impossible goal based only on economic calculation.

  8. "A lot of opportunity, needs more focus"

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting science with a purpose. Great people, fun work environment, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Informal communication (rumors), lack of strategic focus, dependent on outside funding.

    Advice to Management

    Internal communication channels are improving, this has tendency to become old - don't let it. Company needs to place more emphasis on specific targets/products and then push them to market. Too much departmental change, find a focus and go with it.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "A fantastic place for cutting edge science and professional growth"

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    Current Employee - Scientist, Research in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist, Research in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    The research is cutting edge and of the highest quality. The research departments are made up of some of the best I have ever worked with. The work is meaningful and people are very motivated to make a real difference in the world. That brings a level of energy and commitment to the job that is hard to find elsewhere. It is a work-hard, play-hard environment and the employees do have a lot of fun and enjoy nice day to day perks. The daily work experience is generally very rewarding and fun.

    Cons

    Business side seems top heavy with too many top managers and VP's. Also, there does not seem to be a long-term vision for the research path. There is constant change in priorities and projects.

    Advice to Management

    I agree with another reviewers that senior management is the main issue at Amyris; they need to cut some bloat at the top and most of the senior management do not deserve their inflated salaries. The science at Amyris is phenomenal and the technology will change the world, as long as senior management starts listening to the research groups. They need to develop a long-term research plan and stick with it.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Getting Better"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Emeryville, CA

    Pros

    The work we do here at Amyris is amazing and once we have all of our products and goals ready to share with with the world we will change the future of synthetic renewable petroleum alternatives and help reduce this planets carbon footprint. There are also many other ways in which we are working to make a positive impact in today's society, and it is great to be a part of this work. There are also a great number of extremely intelligent people to work with and design new experiments and hypotheses with, and it is a very interesting and innovative environment to participate in.

    Cons

    There are some people who are managerial positions who are not appropriate for those roles, and the work of the people who they manage suffers, as well as the work of others around them.

    Advice to Management

    People should be more adequately evaluated for which roles they fill, specifically in regards to supervisor or manager type roles, since they will then be in charge of not only their professional future but also the futures of the individuals who they are put in charge of.


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