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Synthetic Genomics Reviews

Updated October 9, 2018
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Oliver Fetzer, Ph.D
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  1. Featured Review

    "Fantastic place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is cutting edge, my co-workers are smart and friendly, and my manager gives me opportunities to grow.
    Work-life balance is very attainable and benefits are decent too (recently increase PTO).

    Cons

    Early to tell, but unsure of what career advancement opportunities there will be.


  2. "New management at SGI-DNA welcomed change!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    The new management team at SGI-DNA is finally making decisions that will position the company for growth and is fixing poor decisions of the past. Its a welcomed change by MOST of the employees who have been there the longest.

    Cons

    Some of the old culture needs to evolve or die.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the difficult decisions and keep leading. We all appreciate it.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "A risky venture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Exciting scientific prospects and a beautiful seaside location.

    Cons

    Talented people join the company with the hope of being part of something scientifically wonderful, only to realize that the internal dysfunction is the biggest obstacle.
    Not a happy place to work at all.
    The facilities are dirty and cramped.
    The founder is falling from grace.
    Continued funding is questionable.
    Very top heavy organization.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves instead of the talent.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Update"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Researcher in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The location across from Torrey Pine allow you golf during the work week

    Cons

    HR and top management are focus on their own survival

    Advice to Management

    Follow the contracts you sign and be truthful


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities to learn and be around highly motivated scientists"

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

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great environment, lots of opportunities to learn new skills, awesome co workers.

    Cons

    little to no chance of advancement if you don't have PhD, occasional lay offs, long periods in crunch mode can be taxing

    Advice to Management

    Learn about what is actually happening in the labs, plan accordingly, and have realistic expectations.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic Environment with Many Unhappy People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good science and smart coworkers.

    Cons

    Recent change in focus resulted in a lot of layoffs of some very good people. The SGI-DNA part of the business has a number of product problems that are not being properly addressed. The new CEO of that business (TN) is alienating many people and morale is bad. Many of the good people there have one foot out the door.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with your communication to employees.


  7. "Good so far"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, opportunity to grow and develop career.

    Cons

    Currently under states of change on focus and objectives, which isn't necessarily a bad thing

    Advice to Management

    Let employees know a bit more ahead of time before big decisions

  8. "Why I worked for Synthetic Genomics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are a leader in their field, the people are great to work with. The Company is dedicated toward helping sick people.

    Cons

    We used to have a lot of vender trade shows. They don't have many now.

    Advice to Management

    Their is only one thing that I can say here, I do understand that sometimes their needs to be a turnover of people because projects come to an end. But think before you heir a person and then let them go four weeks later. that person might be the next Einstein.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Very stressful for programmers"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    The job is very stressful for computer programmers. There is no one in management who can properly manage programmers, and programmers are treated poorly in the company.

    It is impossible to get a stable list of requirements. Too many requirements were given to the programmers to implement in a timely fashion, and requirements would change almost every day, forcing programmers to quickly implement code; the resulting code was extremely messy and difficult to maintain.

    Management was very negative, constantly criticizing programmers for not doing a good job (after not giving the programmers enough time to do a good job) in a very sanctimonious and demoralizing manner.

    Because of the poor management, the company has high turnover with developers and a very difficult time keeping employees.

    Do not work for this company unless you can find no other job.

    Advice to Management

    Treat programmers with respect. Let them have enough time to do things right; do not change requirements on them every other day. Do not be negative and sanctimonious.

    Synthetic Genomics Response

    Feb 12, 2018 – Senior Director, Corporate Communications

    Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We’re sorry to hear your experience was not as great as you would have hoped. Your feedback is important, especially to Oliver and the rest of the... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Scientist II"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Most of the staff are great

    Cons

    Management is awful, they don’t no how to run a business. Egos of the scientists hinder trying to make a profit.


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