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Intrexon Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Randal J. Kirk
23 Ratings

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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)

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  1. "Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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


  2. "Up and coming culture"

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    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


  3. "Intrexon was meh"

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    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


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  5. "Good Project in Important Space"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Intrexon full-time

    Pros

    Company worked on cutting edge technology for research

    Cons

    Too many ongoing distractions. Not focused on clear market applications.

    Advice to Management

    Focus


  6. "start point of my career"

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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


  7. 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


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Storied past, bright spots in the future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Intrexon full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of really great people that work at Intrexon. There are also a number of very interesting problems to be solved. The environment has improved significantly at a number of the sites in recent times. The CEO also cares a lot and works hard to make this company successful. It is often easy to doubt Intrexon but in the long run it is very likely it will be a highly successful company from a monetary standpoint.

    Cons

    Long list. The company has had serious issues in the past which are best summarized by other reviews on this site. I have read through almost all of the reviews and even the worst ones are unfortunately pretty accurate. There are also a quantifiable number of relatively unqualified people who get by playing politics given the lack of strong organizational structure at the higher levels of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving in the right direction. Bi-directional performance reviews should be mandated company wide and layoffs NEED to be communicated properly. This is not a startup or small company that cannot afford to pay severance etc... At this stage of the companies growth it is necessary to behave and treat people professionally or else no-one good will ever work here.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Colleagues at Intrexon were of very high quality and skill.

    Cons

    lack of understanding of business by senior leadership led to poor strategic decision making. As a consequence, many employees careers were effected in a negative manner.


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Could be great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are the best part. Teammates are smart, dedicated professionals who want to do a good job and advance the science.

    Cons

    The rapidly changing and numerous competing priorities keeps teams chasing their own tail. The lack of goals and any real direction makes it a confusing place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Set overall goals and direction and then allow employees the autonomy to execute on those goals instead of micromanaging every step.


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