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Intrexon Reviews

Updated June 1, 2017
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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
  • lack of understanding of business by senior leadership led to poor strategic decision making (in 3 reviews)

  • Upper management is out of touch with reality and doesn't listen to the ground troops who see what is going on in the every day happenings (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "A rewardiing place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work on cutting edge stuff
    Senior managers really care about their people and constantly evaluate how to make this a better place
    Lots of opportunities to get involved in different areas and make a difference in a fast paced company

    Cons

    Lots of new people so lots of people learning the ropes
    Multiple locations make cross coordinating with other groups difficult

    Advice to Management

    Company should be more open to employee training and promoting from within


  2. "Prepare to Work Hard, Work Smarter and Learn a lot about your abilities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology to work with, close team members, variety of projects/programs to keep busy with, strong place to really work with high level professionals, and when you hit or exceed goals, often are recognized and rewarded by management. Promotions, pay increases reflect one's ability to perform.

    Cons

    Many moving parts, deadlines, project shifts sometimes affect performance

    Advice to Management

    Management should consider a yearly call to update employees on how the whole company is operating; it would an effective way of helping us understand our part in making the machine run


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Rocky history, SSF site is currently a good place"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Joined in Spring/Summer, 2015. From the inside, the SSF bioindustrials site feels very stable, yet dynamic, and has all the things I hope to get out of a job in a smallish company. Leadership is good. Bob Walsh appears to have created an environment where the site sells projects which it can execute on and grow to commercialization. Talent is top notch, drawing mostly on the best from local pioneering bioindustrial companies. Management is fairly lean and realistic, not unwieldly and surprisingly accepting of new technology development toward concrete goals. Generally a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Intrexon has a rocky history of buying small, sometimes failing, companies. Integration can be difficult and C-level leadership has no compunctions about closing existing sites, clipping personnel at all levels, and doing whatever it takes to grow the company. There is no apparent effort to grow personnel, even at the SSF site. Strategy is buy and cut everything to fit.

    Advice to Management

    plan for internal personnel growth as soon as company trajectory allows it. Do something about your rotten Glassdoor reviews


  4. "SSF IPD division"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. 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


  6. "Great place to start"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Laboratory assistant"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, supportive collegues, well equiped laboratories, strict following of safety orders, relaxed social room, flexible working hours, direct communication, honesty

    Cons

    interns can't progress professionally in their desired rythm, lack of knowing about the ongoing experiments, secretful handling of projects, lack of reliance

    Advice to Management

    More attention should be turned to the interns in order to have fully qualified new employees.


  8. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Germantown, NY
    Current Employee - Scientist in Germantown, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    A lot of opportunities for learning. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Company is still growing so clear ut job responsibilities are lacking

    Advice to Management

    Management is actually great


  9. "Great environment to work in"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, interesting work, great culture, very supportive

    Cons

    After releasing it's IPO, Intrexon decided to be all "hush hush" about its operations


  10. "Up and coming culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are some of the brightest I've ever met

    Cons

    some ambiguity in terms of growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with employees , getting better but need to continue


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