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Genomatica Reviews

Updated Feb 2, 2019

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A company with solid technology"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genomatica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A purpose-driven company with exciting R&D environment driven by state-of-the-art technology platforms and passionate experts with experience. Teamwork-based R&D culture to solve exciting science and engineering challenges, where diligence and efforts are very well appreciated and acknowledged. Also, the executive leadership team is very approachable and cares employees’ happiness and wellness. A right place to... maximize one’s potential and develop career in the field of systems biology and metabolic engineering.

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    Cons

    Few technology functionalities can be enhanced by hiring senior leadership with stronger technical expertise. At the same time, this would be an excellent opportunity for someone’s career development internally, as well.

    Advice to Management

    Genomatica’s R&D is nearly free from unnecessary, self-interest-driven competitions, politics, and bureaucracy (CPB). Keeping up the excellent R&D culture and minimizing/eliminating any unnecessary CPB will keep attracting talents and make Genomatica’s R&D the best in the world.

    Genomatica2019-02-03
  2. Helpful (3)

    "An Exciting Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genomatica full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company culture is strong and makes Genomatica a great place to work developing and commercializing sustainable chemicals. The work is challenging and interesting. There is lots of support allowing you to push yourself. The people genuinely care about the company. The leadership is available and open.

    Cons

    While there is a lot of community and support here you will be expected to be self-driven because things can move quickly. You need to be able to ask for help when you need it (it will be given if possible but you need to be proactive). The success of the company has meant that most projects are short on some resources and so understanding priorities is critical.

    Advice to Management

    Keep ensuring that the company culture is maintained even as the company continues to grow. Also ensure that project priorities continue to be well understood throughout the compnay so people understand resourcing decisions and how best to use their time.

    Genomatica2018-12-06
  3. Helpful (1)

    "work hard - play hard"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genomatica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for; the culture is wonderful here! It's very team oriented environment; we not only work on projects together with one goal in mind, we also spend time outside of work with other activities. You'll make great friendships here. :)

    Cons

    Enjoying spending time at work when you work alongside wonderful people!

    Genomatica2018-12-05
  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genomatica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Management team believes in open communications; receptive to employee feedback; amazing people; focus on work culture; flexible work hours; great compensation and perks; clear focus on mission

    Cons

    Need to keep growth balanced across departments

    Advice to Management

    Continue making employee growth a priority

    Genomatica2018-12-05
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Fair Place to work"

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    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genomatica

    Pros

    Fun working environment. OK Benefits

    Cons

    Frequent layoff. Uncertain of future

    Genomatica2017-01-14
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Losing Focus, Playing Favorites"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genomatica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice, modern building with air conditioning. Plenty of bathrooms, complimentary gym membership. Open work space if you like the sort of thing.

    Cons

    There are a handful of people that are consistently promoted on a quarterly basis while the other members of the company are overlooked. Company wide goals and focus shift constantly- severely low on funds, frequent layoffs (about 1/3 of company gone in 1 year). Tough to have a positive outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Get focused and reward hard work to more than just the select few.

    Genomatica2016-06-28
  7. "Small but mighty"

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    Fermentation Associate in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genomatica

    Pros

    Genomatica is full of amiable employees, the company is transparent, and the CEO is someone you would take a bullet for.

    Cons

    For this specific position they started doing a rotating schedule. The 10hr shifts with 3 days off were fine, but it was hard to keep up with the changing sleep schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Have designated day and night shifts, or add extra compensation for the schedule changes.

    Genomatica2015-09-17
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Potential"

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    Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Genomatica

    Pros

    Great culture, good environment for career development and growth

    Cons

    Business growth has been slow

    Genomatica2015-07-31
  9. "overall good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genomatica full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    flexible work hours good work and life balance friendly co workers

    Cons

    unbalanced promotions career advancement opportunities could be better

    Genomatica2014-08-25
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Once a great place to work..."

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Genomatica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent group of people and work environment, exciting science, new facilities are top notch and in a great location. The CEO often holds all-hands meetings to clearly communicate company goals and progress, which is very nice. Significant freedom to pursue your projects, including resources and support from supervisors. I would recommed this company to a friend if only because the people are awesome, but not sure... about the direction it's going.

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    Cons

    Low mobility - promotions are very far and in between. Many top performers are not rewarded as they should be, especially at scientist level, breeding disappointment and lack of motivation. There are too many people at the top whose contribution is (at best) unclear, and not enough to do the actual work in the lab. Company culture used to be great, but got diluted out over time. Same with the focus Genomatica used... to have - seems to have lost it when it was needed the most.

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    Advice to Management

    Rethink the company's organigram: upside-down pyramids are no good.

    Genomatica2014-01-16
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