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Intrexon Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Randal J. Kirk
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Pros
  • Company worked on cutting edge technology for research (in 6 reviews)

  • Some good science being performed and some great people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The work environment is terrible too as you have to defend your job every time you talk to your manager (in 4 reviews)

  • lack of understanding of business by senior leadership led to poor strategic decision making (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Intrexon was meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Lab Assistant in Blacksburg, VA

    I worked at Intrexon part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great work environment
    -Great employees
    -Up-to-date biotechnology

    Cons

    -Terrible communication about business outlooks
    -Layoffs


  2. "Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Comparable Salary and have great colleagues, collaborarive between groups, up to date instruments

    Cons

    Management is horrible and there are no evaluations/ reviews, so don't see any possibilities to grow


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Research Associate II in R & D"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Stock options greatly reduced price
    Hire employees directly out of college, great first start to gain experience

    Cons

    Turn over was high
    Raises could be hard to come by


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  5. "start point of my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    smart employee and good projects, which might be beneficial for the future development of my career.

    Cons

    The operation of the company needs more work. It seems that the company is lack of senior leadership in some program for pretty long time


  6. "Great place to start"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Flexible hours
    Very knowledgeable co-workers

    Cons

    There's a learning curve, but it's manageable.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of potential and an equal amount of politics"

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    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Specialist in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Intrexon full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some really smart people; lots of potential; no shortage of money.

    Cons

    A lot of politics; some really incompetent people who play politics; lack of trust between employees; random hirings and firings.

    Advice to Management

    Please learn from these rotten Glassdoor reviews and do something about the incompetent middle management. Hire more hands-on middle managers.

    Approve RJ Kirk as a true gentleman and man of his words. He truly has a noble vision of the company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great environment
    -Awesome team of capable managers

    Cons

    -Company is growing very quickly, tons of new hires each week, hard to get to know everyone so quickly and a bit of a steep learning curve


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Minimal investment in employees"

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    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Associate Scientist in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great science, OK health benefits and 401k match, people are generally pleasant

    Cons

    No long-term investment in employees. In 5 years I never had a performance review or a career development plan. I also saw fairly high employee turnover. People are treated like an expendable resource.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and the rest will fall into place. So much energy is spent on recruiting people, but very little on keeping people around. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good science being performed and some great people.
    Industry average pay and good medical insurance.
    Budget for cutting edge instrumentation.

    Cons

    Below industry average time off. Only 15 days PTO.
    Lack of central leadership which leads to bottlenecks and also redundancy in some efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employee development and work/life balance. People,not instrumentation,are your greatest resource. Treat your employees like investments and not liabilities and you will be rewarded with loyal, diligent people who will truly go the extra mile for the company.


  11. "SSF IPD division"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - R&D in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - R&D in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intrexon (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have only been here 8 months but this is a great place to work at the moment. Great Co-workers, Fast moving and incredibly fast growing division, hiring lots and lots of great people. Challenging, yes but with lots of opportunities to grow and develop.

    Cons

    Still some anxiety about the future - based on the checkered past.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going with the new ethos, bring in career ladders and promoting from within.


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