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Synthetic Genomics Reviews

Updated February 14, 2019
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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. "Great place to get some experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Jolla, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, cool science and great benefits.

    Cons

    Upper-Management is out of touch with the day-to-day operations


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Once was a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many at this point

    Cons

    Looks like the company is going down. People are leaving and not being replaced.


  5. "Lab tec"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician and Maintenance Laborer in Calipatria, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician and Maintenance Laborer in Calipatria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's challenging, but at the same time you get to learn things that are gratifying.

    Cons

    There was little to none ,structure by staff I mean supervisors they seemed like they were not happy with their job, I did pretty much whatever I wanted to do there, but I tried to help the company with a lot of thier problems that they were having on the site, but too many chiefs ,and not enough indians

    Advice to Management

    Hire honest , hard working , fair men and women and that's all you'll ever need , keep clear of the employees that milk this company and there's a few , trust me I caught them all.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a place you want to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart scientists with an interesting vision for future

    Cons

    Poor organization. Negative environment and unhappy people in rank and file. No clear path to creating a profitable company with a future. Too many senior managers that are not making decisions to move the company forward.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Remove leaders that look to create positive company culture and a place where people are excited to come to work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "So-so company to work for (SGI-DNA specific review)"

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    Current Employee - Production Associate II in La Jolla, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate II in La Jolla, CA

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

    Pros

    Used to be (and possibly might still be, maybe) flexible on work schedules, small company so everyone knows each other, frequent interaction with upper management. Interesting opportunities and things to learn if you put in the time to find them. Currently has separate sick days and PTO days, which is very convenient. People within teams are friendly and cooperative with each other.

    Cons

    Massive upheaval/layoffs recently, major changes in structure that may result in good later down the line but currently just mean things are never where they should be and you spend an hour each day trying to figure out who/what/where something went. Very fluctuating on employee satisfaction, which is currently low (as of Q4 2018). Pretty stingy when it comes to raises (was only 1-2% for most employees in my department last year, came out to be an average of 30-50c/hr raises).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all departments equally, be patient and understanding of employee frustration during the restructure, and try and help when you can.

  8. "Talent present, mgmt training and integrity needed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Synthetic Genomics full-time

    Pros

    Exciting projects, great and smart people. You feel you are working on groundbreaking science

    Cons

    Be aware of what’s happening on the ground. Leadership is immature, favoritism rampant and integrity in collaborations is questionable. No real sign of merit based promotions and has led to many people leaving as well. Disappointing since it pits otherwise strong talent against each other in trying to stand out to leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Genuine team leadership, people can see through gestures and discussions done merely to show face.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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