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Verenium Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Verenium President, CEO, and Director James E. (Jamie) Levine
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  1. "Great Culture, Great Facility, Great People to Work With"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Research Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Verenium as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Culture is unique
    Facilities are new and include a Recreation Center and Organic Cafeteria
    Next to UCSD

    Cons

    The Cafeteria is too Expensive


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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

    I worked at Verenium full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    On site gym, good work life balance

    Cons

    Recently became part of BASF


  3. "Interesting science and good work-life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Verenium full-time

    Pros

    The science is interesting, the work site is great, and employees can have a good work-life balance. Management seems trustworthy. There is a gym (free, unless you take classes) on the campus.

    Cons

    None, really. Well, the traffic in the evening to get to the I-5 (at Genesee) can be fairly bad, but it's better than the Sorrento Valley/I-805 S evening traffic where the company used to be located.


  4. "Great Place/people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist I in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the people are amazing, though the overall culture has taken a hit with the loss of significant people (due to BP split), it is still a neat/fun place to work. Management in the SD site has the commitment and ability to continue the great culture/environment. If they are careful.

    Cons

    Many years of uncertainty, low rewards due to lack of money.

    Advice to Management

    There is a real big opportunity, really the first time Verenium has this singular focus on its enzyme business, hopfully mgmnt can keep the focus for a while and not squander the rest of the money on some large/high-risk endevour (at least not until they have the Enz-business more on its feet!)


  5. "There may be some speed bumps, but nothing is going to stop this company."

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    Current Employee - Staff in Jennings, LA
    Current Employee - Staff in Jennings, LA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are into being "Green", you would love working for Verenium. The attitude and drive to make Cellulosic Ethanol and free us from foreign oil is incredible. This is a new technology and has plenty of challenges, but the mindset of management, the employees and even the partners we work with is not just "we can do it", but that "we will do it." The best part is that they have committed to doing everything safely and in a way that not only doesn't hurt the environment, but actually helps the environment. I couldn't be more proud to work for a company.

    Cons

    Working in an industry that is new makes each day a challenge. This is a positive thing most of the time, but can be draining once in a while. The saying, "the only thing that doesn't change is change itself" has never been more true that here. Working here definitely keeps you on your toes.

    Advice to Management

    Setting goals and deadlines is a good thing, but if they are always overly optimistic and can barely ever be met on time, moral suffers. Be aggressive, set goals, but be realistic and make sure they are achievable.


  6. "Verenium, Diversa's grim successor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company culture is great: laid back, welcoming, there's definitely a tight knit community present there.

    Cons

    No room to grow. There are certain people on the fast track of career development, others are left stagnant.

    Advice to Management

    Be competitive with other companies by investing in your employees. Better salaries, promotions, paid trainings & conferences. Listen to the key people in the lab on how things need to be accomplished versus corporate. The company is top heavy! The executive team is focused on the biofuels sector of the company versus the specialty enzyme side, they need to more evenly allocate resources.


  7. "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great work environment!

    Cons

    Too close to the ocean! LOL


  8. "Great technology and team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fun, stimulating environments. Good science and technology.

    Cons

    Lots of changes to direction and priorities. Resources tend to be spread pretty thin