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"Great science, very poor management, too top heavy"

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

Pros

Coworkers are top notch. The Associate Scientists/RAs are all hard-working and fun to be around. The lab scientists and project leaders are some of the most intelligent, creative, and hard-working people I've met. Just brilliant. Benefits are decent, trying to stay on par with many other tech startups in the area.

Cons

The company retains way too many managers. Many high-level employees are bad at their jobs, many are quite unproductive, and some positions are even redundant. They command large salaries for being good at snaking up the ladder and not advocate for their workers. When layoffs happen, it is almost all salary-cheap, diligent RAs/lab scientists that are forced to leave. The ratio at one point was practically 2 managers to every 1 lab employee. The company shows no loyalty to those who have saved the business through innovation before. Prepare for the pharma treatment.
Upper management is completely disconnected from the science. There is large amounts of politics and dishonesty involved in major decisions.

Advice to Management

If you are going to trim the fat, start higher up the chain. Most importantly, stop selecting for dishonest, selfish, overly-aggressive yes-men/yes-women to be promoted to directors and such. Look for those who have strong technical understanding of the science, advocates his/her employees, gains the trust of those they work with, and develops the talent of the company.

Other Employee Reviews for Amyris

  1. "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.


  2. "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.

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