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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance, amazing technology, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Too bad they had to downsize after losing funding from Shell.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good culture, bad outlook"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Codexis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The community was supportive and encouraged learning and personal growth. The work was addressing interesting projects.

    Cons

    The company culture has changed a lot since the company has started to struggle. People are generally demoralized. There is perpetual fear of future layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Securing successful projects is the only thing that will make the company better. Employees need the security of knowing that their company and their job will be there in six months.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Little Company the could but didn't but maybe still could"

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    Former Employee - Bioprocess Technologist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Bioprocess Technologist in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    i liked working here. Great and Talent people. Everyone I encountered with was nice and always pleasant to work with. At the time we had some nice perks with catered lunch and the local deli. Before i left they changed deli catering companies and it was downhill from there. Overall I enjoyed my 5+yrs working there.

    Cons

    Some higher ups at the time didn't know what they were doing. Misdirection on projects and schedules occurred frequently. Nothing we couldn't handle but too much of that scared the company. When the guy that created the company steps down and leaves to another company that's when I knew the company will longer be the same. A HUGE company wide layoff happened which I was apart of. Not sure how they're doing now at days but I definitely would not go back.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it Simple and know the process and equipment that gets used to create the product. It's one thing to be good on the book smarts of the science that we're doing but please get hands on in the lab. Creativity spills in the lab.


  4. "Scientist II"

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist II in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist II in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Colleagues. Good science, Great benefits

    Cons

    Long term strategy was missing

    Advice to Management

    Keep employee satisfaction in mind and also egt rid of nepotism and favoritism


  5. "Innovation is limited if you are a non-bioinformatics scientist"

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    Current Employee - California in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - California in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Codexis full-time

    Pros

    Good life-work balance. People are generally nice and easy to work with

    Cons

    "promotes" doing more than innovative science.

    Advice to Management

    Saving money keeps the company afloat but innovation can grow the business.


  6. "Opportunity after the rebuild?"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were generally great. Codexis once had a turnover rate substantially under the mean. Health benefits and time off were very good. Hopefully Codexis has now shed the complications associated with the biofuels business and is focussing on its original strengths

    Cons

    Growth pains meant extra layers of management, additional sites, two of which were international. There was also a dangerous reliance on enzyme evolution to solve all problems. It works well for some problems, but isn't a magic bullet. Limited personal growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    good luck guys


  7. "Interesting projects. Still uncertain which direction to go."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Codexis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salary was fair for the Bay Area. Not too much to be said for personal growth or compensation.

    Cons

    Working lean, everything had a priority. Originally working on pharmaceuticals, but unwillingly switched to biofuels. Now they are concentrating on pharma.

  8. "A place for the energetic to work on the cutting edge."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company with lots of scientific options.

    Cons

    Recently lost big contract so is contracting in size.

    Advice to Management

    Broaden your outlook


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and world-leading enzyme engineering technology but size of potential market remains unclear."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, excellent scientists, very committed to developing biocatalysis as a tool for industrial processes, particularly the manufacture of pharmaceutical compounds and fine chemicals.

    Cons

    From 2007-2011, company expanded substantially into biofuels and green technology, while leaving legacy pharma enzyme business on auto-pilot. Poor communication of E-level business maneuverings and unpredictable changes in direction/personnel left many in dark regarding strategy for biofuels commercialization. Company did not appear prepared to pivot when its big oil partner Shell decided not to renew its research contract in late 2012.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up E-level transparency regarding business strategy in order to keep on target and maintain the confidence of all of the bright minds making the enzyme magic happen.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No but seriously, we're turning things around!"

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

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

    Pros

    Codexis had a brilliant set of scientists to learn from, and science was incredibly fascinating, we were all in this together to help bring a positive change to the world!

    Cons

    Upper Management is utterly and comically incompetent, from department heads that have no clue about what's going on in the departments that they manage. People that do the actual research in the laboratory are the hardest working and least rewarded at the company.

    Management keeps promising that they are working on saving the business, but they haven't landed any deals of significance since the new CEO took charge. Yet upper management keeps giving themselves titular promotions and salary increases while again, the people actually researching are told that they need to "run a lean operation"

    People with dissenting attitudes are marginalized and ignored. There are no opportunities for advancement within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get yourselves out of the administration building and realize how hard working your R&D people are, quit insulting them and be honest about the long term prospects of your company. Own up to your failures and explain to your employees why you can't land business deals, no more smoke and mirrors and blaming the former CEO.


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