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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
21 Ratings
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England

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

    Neutral Outlook
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    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO


    Met some very bright and interesting people. Company is very flexible with working from home, etc. Some products are fun to work with (I am a geek). One senior person I hold responsible for a lot of dissatisfaction has now left.


    Management was always chasing the next company to take over. Company was fragmented and did not feel as one company. Commercially the decision in life sciences to prioritise lab notebooks over science was probably right but as a scientist I felt left behind. Company had (has) large churn. Services were punished for success.

    Advice to Management

    I would guess there are no notebook companies left to take over but even if there are stop taking them over. Integrate the technologies you have acquired. There is science in life science, Pipeline Pilot is seen too much as an integration platform and the likes of Knime/Python are taking over the datamining field.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cambridge, East of England, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Accelrys (Cambridge, East of England, England).


    1st stage - phone interview by boss-to-be
    2nd stage - 3-4 hour face to face interview by the following:
    HR: welcome and close with box-ticking questions and questionnaire
    Technical team members: longest part of the interview
    Boss-to-be: a mix of technical and general
    Boss of boss-to-be: general

    Most of the development work requires the use of a proprietary software, that's why all the candidates are shown this, which is good as the candidates know what they are getting into.

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    There wasn't any negotiation - they offered the top of my requested range (I wish I asked for more!)

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Headquarters San Diego, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Acquired By Dassault Systemes
Founded 1993
Type Company - Public
Industry Information Technology
Revenue £25 to £50 million (GBP) per year

Accelrys knows nothing speeds up research like good software. The company develops business intelligence software that clients use to accelerate the discovery and development of new drugs and technologies. Its software and services are used to collect, aggregate, and analyze scientific data and include tools for reporting and collaboration. While its customers are primarily involved in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and biotech industries, Accelrys also serves clients in industries with significant R&D efforts, such as aerospace, consumer packaged goods, and energy. In... More

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