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Intrexon Reviews

Updated Aug 21, 2019

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Intrexon CEO Randal J. Kirk
Randal J. Kirk
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Pros
  • "Company worked on cutting edge technology for research(in 7 reviews)

  • "Previous investments in scientists and instrumentation keep the lab running in a stable condition(in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Bad middle and upper management(in 9 reviews)

  • "An example of this is when upper management taking away desk space of all the scientists because "they dont need desks(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Back on the right track"

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

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

    Pros

    We're back on the right track; the focus is now on what's important: meeting company milestones. Goals are commercial oriented, research and science in IPD are both great, and projects are well-funded.

    Cons

    Growing pains but the situation is improving.

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    Intrexon2019-01-05
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Strain engineering at Intrexon Corp."

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good culture to work in and always people to communicate with.

    Cons

    Too many changes going on and little transparency when it comes to directors leaving.

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    Intrexon2019-08-20
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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunity for starting up career in biotechnology at IPD at SSF"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intrexon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great colleagues, Well lab. infrastructure, Good work-life balance, Cool managers, Management trainings.

    Cons

    High employee turnover, Not that fast paced, Benefits are just satisfactory.

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    Intrexon2019-08-08
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Brain drain and the ever changing org chart"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Manager SSF in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Previous investments in scientists and instrumentation keep the lab running in a stable condition.

    Cons

    IPD struggles to retain employees with seniority and institutional knowledge. When HR finds new senior management, these people are not a good fit and are often desperate for a job. During their tenure they are overburdened with responsibilities, which causes them to jump ship shortly after. These same people are unable to provide growth and training for Jr employees, who are lured out by the wealth of nearby companies.

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    Intrexon2019-08-21
  6. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate II 

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, interesting science

    Cons

    Hard to advance, matrix driven experiments

    Intrexon2019-07-16
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    "Too much politics"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The breakroom has good snacks. Free food is always good.Thats about it.

    Cons

    -There is no sense of teamwork in this place whatsoever. Presumably we are working toward the same goals, but people are inclined to communicate/work together to make important decisions. There is just too much politics in this place...and leadership is a joke.

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    Intrexon2019-07-23
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's more or less a blank check for the lab. The facility is beautiful. Most of the research associates/associate scientists are awesome people and the work provides some unique/exciting challenges.

    Cons

    Minimal support, communication, and transparency from senior management. Employees generally unaware of status of projects or priorities of such and don't feel safe asking questions. About twice a year there's a random "re-org" effort to boost productivity, but mostly this is confusing for people and has the opposite effect. No interest in engaging with wider scientific community, there will be no publishing work you do here or presenting posters/orals at conferences. Onboarding is chaos, there's no organized training material and it's extremely difficult to familiarize yourself with the company's shared network drives. Things are not in intuitive locations, and there's a lot of reinventing the wheel because turnover is so high and records of previous work are basically inaccessible. Terrible compensation, HR is not local to the bay area and has no concept of what competitive salaries are in this area. They have the money, they just don't value their people.

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    Intrexon2019-06-26
  9. Helpful (7)

    "What on Earth is going on?"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great peers to work with. Almost every research associate/associate scientist I know at IPD is amazing, Good camaraderie, fun chats during lunch breaks, friendly people to ask for help and advice. I would even say, that most people working on the everyday research and the IT people at IPD are really down-to-earth, fantastic coworkers. (Shout-out to a certain IT hero with the messiest and most fascinating desk space in IPD)

    Cons

    Where exactly is this company headed? No one in IPD seems to know, not even the managers or directors. Over the past year, nearly all the directors/senior managers have left or been replaced. No, I'm not joking, it's not funny. Directors of Fermentation, MBO, Analytics, Screening Operations, Pilot Plant... all left for other startups, and that's only the ones I know of. Instead of investing in current employees, incentivizing them to stay with raises and bonuses, management just lets them leave and hires new and confused people that have to learn the processes and SOPs from scratch. HR communication is extremely lacking. Intrexon headquarters is in Maryland and we never seem to get good information here in South SF.

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    Intrexon2019-06-06
  10. Helpful (5)

    "High Employee Dissatisfaction/Turnover"

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    Former Employee - Individual Contributor in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Select group of awesome people dotted throughout the departments and groups.

    Cons

    Bad middle and upper management. Nonexistent policies, support, team mentality. Toxic, divided workplace.

    Intrexon2019-05-07
  11. "Good start"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in South San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It’s a good start for people who just graduate from school. People are chill.

    Cons

    Lack of standardized SOP. Hard to get to where you want.

    Intrexon2019-02-10
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