Intrexon Reviews

Updated May 10, 2021

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2.4
29%
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Intrexon Chairman and CEO  Randal J. Kirk
Randal J. Kirk
54 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people with a lot of talent(in 7 reviews)

  • "Company worked on cutting edge technology for research(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The most glaring thing was a recent mass layoff orchestrated by upper management without any input from mid-level managers(in 11 reviews)

  • "This tells me that management has no intention of ever promote any of them(in 6 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great place

      Jan 9, 2020 - Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great place to do science

      Cons

      Complicated management structure slows down things

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good people

      Apr 27, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people were great and the perksade things better

      Cons

      There was a lack of communication from the higher ups

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Titanic

      May 10, 2021 - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people doing great work. Great place for those who are trying to gain experience and break into the industry

      Cons

      Leadership not transparent with lots of politics

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good culture

      Apr 17, 2021 - Engineer in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleagues to work with

      Cons

      Work politics invades substantial progress

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good technology

      Mar 15, 2021 - Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Flexibility, cool technology, easy-going culture

      Cons

      Unclear direction, not very focused

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      How could something so good go so bad so fast?

      Oct 15, 2020 - Senior Manager in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Brilliant people. Great science. Mostly collegial.

      Cons

      Some pitting of groups against each other. Disheartening inability to get funding for pilot plant, mostly the fault of "the Mothership", i.e. Intrexon corporate which was run by at least 1 complete boob. Things really hit the fan when they made a surprise hire over summer. In retrospect is it clear this hire was made to dismantle the company. It's a shame. If they had hired someone competent they might have been able to sell the division and stay alive.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Bad culture, lots of money

      Mar 4, 2021 - Senior Associate Scientist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      No real budget; can buy any equipment you want. Shiny lab.

      Cons

      Favoritism by management; can get away with doing nothing if your manager likes you

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Success is Team Dependent

      Aug 22, 2020 - Research Associate in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Heavily invested in technology cross communication among teams lots of projects

      Cons

      throw out projects readily some folks may not be competent to be at their levels. some are science-driven while some are there to support family, but you don't get to choose your team. high turn over rate

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    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      good people, bad management

      Feb 19, 2020 - Data Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The people are great. They are excited about their job and getting it done efficiently and providing the best scientific results possible.

      Cons

      Management has made some really bad decisions about the people and what they do. 1) Announce new CEO and very large budget. 2 months later, CEO has no money and is not CEO anymore. 2) talk about what a good position the company is in. Followed by massive layoff a few weeks later. 3) lay off people suddenly, with no means of knowledge transfer. There is no way to make people feel good about their work if you let them go without even letting them discuss the ongoing work with colleagues. 4) lay off 30% of the company, and give them 10 minutes to leave under the watch of a security guard.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Awful mistreatment of employees in South SF

      Jan 28, 2020 - Science in South San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Free snacks in the break room. Friendly employees as of 2019, not sure about 2020 anymore.

      Cons

      So today the company let go 30% of its workers. They were called in to a meeting at 10:30am that was sent out just 40 minutes prior, and were told that it was their last day. A box and severance package was given to them. 10-15 minutes was allowed for these employees to gather their belongings and leave. All fired employees left or were escorted out by security by 11:15am. These employees were let go for downsizing or something. The amount of disrespect shown by forcing them to quickly pack their desk and leave in front of everyone with just minutes to spare prevents me from ever recommending anyone to work at Intrexon / Precigen / MBP Titan /whatever. This is a company that truly does not care about its employees. Managers were not given a heads up before the lay off, and lay offs occurred at every level of the company ranging from contractors to senior directors. No transition period/time was afforded to allow those who were let go to leave notes/show where things are. Did I mention that upper management said that they believed that they showed the upmost respect to those who were let go in a meeting following the layoffs?

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