Accelrys Reviews

Updated 9 August 2014
Updated 9 August 2014
36 Reviews

3.6
36 Reviews
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Interesting place for short term work. Don't expect long-term stability.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Pros

    Great colleagues, and collegial environment. Interesting product portfolio. Location is good.

    Cons

    There is a large disconnect between executive management & real issues in workforce.
    The Workplace is under-resourced for the set objectives in all departments. The company has experienced annual redundancies (7 years running) & struggles for profitability. The lack of financial stability leads to limited growth & development opportunities. Annual Salary adjustments do not keep up with inflation. Human resources management is quite poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop more open & receptive communication with workforce. Work on focused strategy & reasonable objectives for work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sales management was in transition

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Accelrys full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Solid leadership from CEO, good market position and excellent technology.

    Cons

    Sales leadership turnover was hard to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand behind your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Politics, no appreciation for long term customers, killing most important product lines

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Good place for people who can handle changes in direction on a regular basis and know how to handle politics.

    Cons

    Company is wrought with politics. They only care about M&A's and positioning themselves to be sold. They don't appreciate long-term employees and are not thinking of products that customers rely on heavily. They think that R&D employees are easily replaced instead of recognizing the complexity of work experience the products require.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure people in headquarters work with people in remote offices and that they don't ignore or sabotage them. Stop promoting people who are not respected by your employees. Don't forget your Cheminformatics baseline.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Nice & Friendly Environment

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I worked at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    1.Smart professionals.
    2. Friendly work environment.
    3. Happy Hour on Thursday
    4. Lots of projects to work on.
    5. Provide training
    6. Flexible hours

    It's a great place to work on new projects. Management will support training to deploy new technologies. Everyone works hard and have been there for years.

    Cons

    1. Work long hours.
    2. Team gets consolidated to smaller group yearly.
    3. Outsource work to India.

    If you like a fast pace environment, heavy workload, with little rewards; this is a place to be. Here you'll learn how to manage your time.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Growth via M&A has some benefits but also some downsides

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Accelrys full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good products with a heavy emphasis on the science. Used to have less focus on software engineering but this is now improving year-on-year. Engineers and scientists do what is needed to get the product out, on-time with quality. Growth via M&A.

    Cons

    Organic growth is limited and so mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are always at the forefront. Integration of new technology into Accelrys stack not optimal. Legacy products linger. Seems to take a long time to effect change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management domain knowledge could be better. Company vision not always clear.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Not sure it's going the right direction.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A lot of smart and dedicated people; bold vision and decisive strategies.

    Cons

    It has grown too big too fast without proper integration. A lot of waste and sloppy work; not much attention to details. Management doesn't (have time to) pay much attention to employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People and quality work are the key to success in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a nice company, just wish it was less bureaucracy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milford, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milford, MA (US)

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Our company got acquired by Accelrys

    Cons

    Lacks in motivating people to be more than 9-5 employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate people better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, needs better direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director, Customer Support in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Accelrys full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Accelrys is a scientific software company with a powerful platform, a fairly diverse application stack, and a lot of talented employees. It's still a pretty good place to work but things have changed (some would say for the worse) in recent years as the company struggles to grow to the next level, become a player in the enterprise arena, and invent the field of scientific business intelligence - a term created by Accelrys execs to describe the business area that they believe they dominate.

    Cons

    The recent emphasis on electronic lab notebooks, enterprise software, and processes have diverted resources, reduced efficiencies, and lowered morale in several areas of the company. The quality of the software is reduced when seasoned and skilled developers are treated as interchangeable, plug-and-play bit coders and development schedules are increasingly driven by the calendar rather than by quality. Recent mergers and exec turnover have diluted / muddled corporate culture and values

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work environment. Close knit community of scientists within the company and very helpful.

    Cons

    Better compensation is required. The pay-raise is in not commensurate with the increasing job responsibilities and experience.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great if you love science and nice people, but not great if your a Tech Happy person.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Pros

    Lots of great customers with a global footprint
    Stable and a money maker
    Not a cut throat environment
    Growing both organically and through M/A.

    Cons

    Too much of a focus on Science and not enough in other areas.
    Slow to take up new technologies internally and within products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be better listeners and follow up on feedback. Provide more career guidance and opportunities to those looking to move up in their career versus waiting for them to leave.

    No opinion of CEO

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