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  1. "Exciting Innovations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virent full-time

    Pros

    Always supporting team innovations for the betterment of our environment.

    Cons

    Funding is not stable...creating a volitile workforce and layoffs.


  2. "Great Potential but..."

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer II in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Process Engineer II in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology concept
    Great employees
    Competitive benefits

    Cons

    Executives lack a vision for the company
    Business model dependent on oil price

    Advice to Management

    Management squandered opportunity and won't be able to get it back

  3. "Great company to launch a career."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology with minimize dependence on fossil fuel. Co-workers are intelligent and hard working.

    Cons

    Long term viability is the question. Virent has not established reliable revenue source.


  4. "Rewarding work and I like the people I work with even more!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Virent has an employee friendly work environment, a nice sense of community and a compelling business strategy which makes working at Virent easy. The work consistently evolves which creates new opportunities to grow my career. Very competitive benefits, especially for a startup. Extra incentives such stock options and a bonus program for all employees results in a competitive total compensation package.

    Cons

    Working in any startup company can require a high level of energy and commitment day in and day out which can impact work-life balance. That is to be expected in any startup environment.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management puts a nice effort into keeping employees informed and connected to the business strategy. I strongly encourage the Executive Team to continue placing communication at the top of the priority list!


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Chemical Engineering Coop"

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    Former Intern - Chemical Engineer Coop in Madison, WI
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineer Coop in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Virent as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility, treated like any other engineer. Forced to learn the chemical processes and chemistry quickly. A great team environment fosters individual growth as well. Constant communication within and between departments allows you to polish technical communication skills.

    Cons

    None really to note, it was a really positive atmosphere with a lot of really smart people.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Engineering Intern"

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and helpful team
    Accommodating manager

    Cons

    Long commute to office
    Work got stagnant at times

    Advice to Management

    Keep interns engaged with productive work


  7. "Great group of people to work with"

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

    Pros

    Smart colleagues, inspirational work, professional growth

    Cons

    Unsure what the future holds, downsizing

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Great Intern Experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virent as an intern

    Pros

    - Exposure to Developments in biofuels industry
    - Given independence to work on own projects
    - Other employees will go out of their way to help

    Cons

    - Limited educational opportunities provided (understandable for a start-up)

    Advice to Management

    - Keep employee moral in mind. May require more than a party now and then.


  9. "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at Virent full-time

    Pros

    Small company, fun to work for

    Cons

    Did mainly the same things day to day


  10. "Great Innovative Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Virent full-time

    Pros

    Innovative technology and creative people make Virent an engaging place to work.

    Cons

    The current economic climate is challenging and funding is problematic.