Accelrys

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Accelrys Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
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3.4 33 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia

Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia

(19 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Politically Charged - Disfunctional Company

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

    ProsGreat place for PhD scientists in chemistry and materials science - a good launchpad for for college grads with PhD.

    ConsCompany is wrought with politics. The Scietigic (acquisition) folks create a caustic environment and fight against the rest of Accelrys. HR is one of the worst in the industry - very political. The company is hardly growing. Most of the products are not doing well and it is very difficult to grow within the firm. Most people learn at Accelrys and then get better and more senior roles elsewhere

    Hiring and firing is very subjective - you could be the best at what you do but if HR does not like you, they can get rid of you.

    I resigned from the firm as I found better opportunities. others were not that lucky.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Integrate the company so ti behaves as one. The scietigic employees are destroying Accelrys - even though they brought Pipeline pilot product to you.

    2. Know how to identify good talent ans retain it

    3. Reconsider who is running your HR.

    4. Focus on Business Growth and not on internal politics

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Advisory software test engineer

    Advisory Software Test Engineer (Current Employee) San Ramon, CA (US)

    ProsEncourage friendly environment among peers and good benefits.

    ConsManagement direction changes frequently, every year new organisation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed solid direction, instead of changing focus every year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

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

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsOrganic 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 Senior ManagementUpper management domain knowledge could be better. Company vision not always clear.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not sure it's going the right direction.

    Director (Current Employee)

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

    ConsIt 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 Senior ManagementPeople and quality work are the key to success in the long run.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a nice company, just wish it was less bureaucracy

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

    ProsOur company got acquired by Accelrys

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMotivate people better

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work, needs better direction

    Director, Customer Support (Former Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsAccelrys 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.

    ConsThe 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsLocation
    Products
    People-Intelligent scientists and software engineers

    ConsSome products are highly complex.
    They are in dire need of top marketing/sales folks to position their products.
    Some of the folks in the management team are completely clueless, and the management keeps changing. The executive recruiting folks hiring the management team are perhaps inexperienced themselves!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on a company that can acquire Accelrys.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    An evolving organization

    Director (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsAmazing people and dynamic environment

    ConsSome people can take the pace

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    ACCL - not for me!

    Sales (Former Employee) San Diego, CA (US)

    ProsACCL is the world's largest life science software company (or at least they make that claim) and if what you're looking for then this might be the right place for you.

    ConsWorking for a publicly held company isn't all it's cracked up to be. Accelrys' strategy is to grow through M&A (they are sitting on a ton of cash) and management doesn't seem to make any efforts to integrate new acquisitions with the existing product line in a way that makes sense. Legacy companies/divisions are extremely territorial and protective of their turf and often unwilling to help out others. Even at HQ in San Diego, there are turf battles between biz opps, marketing, sales, services and support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be afraid to hire managers who can make tough decisions. Paralysis analysis is crippling ACCL and it won't get better as long as your managers feels like everything is being second guessed up the chain. Managers and employees need clear goals (and incentives that support those goals) and a careful balance between Responsibilities, Accountability and the Authority to make things happen. Good luck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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