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"Anything is possible with new technology and access to new technologies"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time

Pros

Budget to purchase state-of-the art instruments and information; mostly competent people with strong technical expertise; founder is famous and is truly interested in science; exposure to new ideas; located near Torrey Pines state park which is great for jogging, biking and surfing

Cons

Dysfunctional inexperienced executive management; lack of focus and guidance; inconsistent feedback on programs and progress; ideas outside of the "inner group" are not welcome; unrealistic expectations; high turnover in key positions

Advice to Management

Focus on realistic outcomes for the technology to deliver and value them realistically; management should spend more time with the people actually working on the projects, listen to them and value their input

Other Employee Reviews for Synthetic Genomics

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Small Company, Tremendous Potential"

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

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

    Pros

    A company founded by someone with a great vision who brought some of the world's best talent in to run it when it was originally conceived. It is located in a beautiful location and by and large is quite a flexible place to work with opportunities to learn about a wide variety of science, business, management and operations skills if one is so inclined. Fortunately, some of the original talent has stayed on board and they serve as scientific leaders in a field with a potentially enormous upside.

    Cons

    There is a very steep hierarchy and most of the new senior management is relatively detached from the operational aspects of the company. This causes a disconnect between the vision/strategy and real work (boots on the ground) which can often manifest as ineffective communication, poor motivation and low morale. The steep hierarchy also leads to a highly political climate where employee recognition and feedback is often overlooked until something breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your current employees! Fortunately, there are still some enthusiastic employees left. Give them opportunities to become middle (working) management instead of having them constantly overextend themselves and burn out. Become more objective and open with the ideas that lurk in the more junior levels of the company. Often, these people know more than what you might think.


  2. "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    The benefits, and potential mentorships.

    Cons

    HR is heartless, they fire people without due cause or reason, and ultimately a place with no job security unless you CYA which you should do if working there.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of standing there quietly and letting people walk on you try to stand up for your employees, because in the long run you will develop a loyalty that will create a phenomenal working environment for everyone.

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