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Intrexon Reviews

Updated Jun 5, 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 8 reviews)

  • "GREAT PEOPLE, AMAZING SCIENTIST and GETTING BETTER(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (2)

    "R&D working on commercializing unique technologies"

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

      I have been working at Intrexon full-time

      Pros

      The company is well funded and CEO has a vision for developing projects that can make a significant impact on the world. There is definitely an opportunity for people to learn a lot and grow their skill set quickly here, and hopefully make said impact.

      Cons

      This is not a huge company with established protocols, training packages, etc. You may get thrown in the deep end here, so best for you if you like a challenge and are a self starter. If you are up to the challenges and make a positive impact, in most cases I have seen you will be appropriately rewarded. There are some growing pains since the company is growing rapidly and not a large company with established protocols.

      Advice to Management

      Communication is always a key issue that could use improvement both top to bottom, bottom to top, and cross functionally.

      Intrexon2018-12-24
    • 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.

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the good work and keep the momentum going, but make sure to pay attention to any concerns brought up or opinions voiced

      Intrexon2019-01-05
    • Helpful (1)

      "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...

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      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...

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      Advice to Management

      This is a direct quote from the CEO himself, made sometime early 2019: “there can be little doubt that Intrexon is at its heart a health care company and has been since its inception,” With disparaging comments like these, who in IPD has the confidence to stay if even the CEO doesn't bestow value in the work we do?

      Intrexon2019-06-06
    • Helpful (3)

      "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
    • "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
    • Helpful (2)

      "Serious Management Challenges"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Intrexon full-time

      Pros

      Reasonable compensation, good people, goals are commercial oriented

      Cons

      management micro-manages and regularly changes direction starting with the VP and sliding down. the VP appears to find fault with departments who successfully scramble to meet changing management direction and cover managements shortcomings by blaming the scientists.

      Advice to Management

      recognize the success of the scientists with little stability in direction. stop micro managing.

      Intrexon2018-11-26
    • Helpful (2)

      "Terrible management and group of employees."

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

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

      Pros

      They are well funded but it is a popularity contest at every level.

      Cons

      Under qualified managers and research associates in positions that require a lot of responsibility. The fermentation group in particular is a joke.

      Advice to Management

      Nothing, you will reap what you sow.

      Intrexon2018-11-24
    • Helpful (7)

      "Company has no direction. Or maybe it does, but it's kept a secret from employees."

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      Current Employee - Senior Manager in Los Angeles, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Intrexon full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      The compensation is generally reasonable.

      Cons

      No communication from leadership. Goals are not communicated. No importance placed on company culture. Onboarding training and ongoing training are nonexistent. Deadlines are impossible. Only feedback given is negative.

      Advice to Management

      Communication is key. Treat your employees like they are an important part of the process and part of a team. Don't treat people like children. Invest in your employees and they will work harder for you.

      Intrexon2018-08-31
    • "Research Associate II"

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      Current Employee - Research Associate II in San Francisco, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great people, fun company culture, constructive feedback from Managers, Lots of automation and tech/software intertwined in biology

      Cons

      I've heard it's difficult to get promotions/pay increases

      Advice to Management

      Please Pay market value for employees

      Intrexon2018-07-13
    • "Well-balanced site"

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      Current Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great researchers/staff/scientists Flexible hours Interesting variety of projects/research

      Cons

      Lack of communication from upper management, as well as between departments

      Intrexon2018-04-17
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