Codexis Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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Codexis President & CEO John J. Nicols
John J. Nicols
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of work-life balance examples, from book clubs, to coffee break with senior management, to virtual work-out sessions; generous time-off(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people, good benefits, good science(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management lack of recognition of lower level employee contributions(in 5 reviews)

  • "Any position below scientist is purely low paid labor with little to no career development prospects(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great people, great work

      Mar 3, 2021 - Process Engineer in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      Really great teams of people to work with, attentive management, good WLB and benefits. Exciting, meaningful projects with sufficient funding to attack challenging problems.

      Cons

      Facilities are aging and compensation could be better, though the company is working to remedy both of these things.

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A great company working out its kinks; excellent learning environment

      Feb 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      - Company is growing so there are plenty of opportunities, though they may not be available immediately - Always open to new ideas and regular communication; really encourages people to take the lead + grow professionally & personally - Everyone is so friendly; LOVE my coworkers. I think I have an awesome team with people who really care. - There is a lot of respect for your personal time. Codexis offers a good work life balance. - Works hard to create a collaborative & friendly culture, even with COVID circumstances and remote work. Ongoing company-wide events & contests, fun ways to join in and meet the executives + new hires

      Cons

      - The company does face growing pains with their expansion; things like updating technology, adding office space, changing office/cube locations, formalizing & updating procedures. A lot of these things happen frequently & sometimes not in the most organized way - A lot of different voices in management that make it difficult to move forward sometimes, but ultimately still good to hear difference opinions & points of views

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Culture

      May 10, 2021 - Research Scientist III 
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      Pros

      coworkers, company culture, good benefits, pleasant office

      Cons

      non-diverse leadership lack of transparency on pay/career paths

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing Technology !

      Feb 19, 2021 - Anonymous 
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      Pros

      Codexis is a company with absolutely fantastic technology that we are applying to diverse and new areas. The excitement generated by our technology allows Codexis to hire amazing and passionate scientists, and the existing and potential markets for our technology allow us to hire highly talented people that support our operations. Over my years at Codexis, I have collaborated on many projects that have turned biology into impactful and innovative commercial solutions. I have great colleagues and I love what I do!

      Cons

      Commute to Redwood City from the East Bay can be long.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Finally a place where anyone, who is willing, can make an impact

      Dec 4, 2020 - Director in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      A diverse, talented workforce combined with strong leaders who know how to take the company forward, trust their employees capabilities, and are humble enough to listen to voices from all levels. This is a company where new ideas don't get shut down but embraced, and challenging the status quo is encouraged. "How can we make it better?" and "let's find a way to get this done" attitude seems to be the culture norm. Lots of work-life balance examples, from book clubs, to coffee break with senior management, to virtual work-out sessions; generous time-off. Many opportunities to be involved with local communities, such as judging students' scientific contest and school backpack drive.

      Cons

      Some of the processes are lacking structure and not very efficient, and certain areas can definitely learn from industry best practices. However, like the headline stated, if you are willing, this is the place where people are encouraged to take the lead and change things around.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Excellent company!

      Feb 23, 2021 - Senior QA & Documentation Specialist in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      People, technology, culture, benefits, leadership, values

      Cons

      Expensive to live in Bay Area.

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Takes 5 plus years to move up from RA1 to RA 2

      Mar 1, 2021 - Associate Scientist 
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      Pros

      Coworkers are nice and flexible

      Cons

      Keeps on get an excuse from manage that if you don't have PhD, hard to move up! Took 6 years to move from RA1 to RA2!

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      interesting work, great coworkers, poor compensation

      Jan 11, 2021 - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      great and very talented coworkers, expertise in biocatalysis

      Cons

      company is very resistant to change, high turnover in new areas, very low pay and minimal additional compensation, projects reprioritized often

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      A bad experience

      Jan 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Smart scientists developing interesting technology. CEO and Directors Inspire confidence.

      Cons

      In the department I worked, managers have no people management skills whatsoever. Instead of having a healthy relationship with their employees, management is constantly putting their employees under pressure and fear. The work environment causes anxiety. Also, bad benefits.

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great job if you're applying for grad school.

      Jan 3, 2020 - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      Nice commuter benefits. Good Healthcare benefits. Full 401K matching if you can afford to contribute to it.

      Cons

      Any position below scientist is purely low paid labor with little to no career development prospects. The company does not seem to care about their employees professional development. If you are looking for a place to garnish your resume with experience this is a good fit but don't expect a livable salary in the meantime. Passive aggressive management and aggressive aggressive management leads to massive turnover rates.

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