Accelrys

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Accelrys Reviews

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
35 Reviews

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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1.  

    Politically Charged - Disfunctional Company

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    1. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Advisory software test engineer

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

    Pros

    Encourage friendly environment among peers and good benefits.

    Cons

    Management direction changes frequently, every year new organisation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need solid direction, instead of changing focus every year.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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
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  5.  

    Not sure it's going the right direction.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    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
  6.  

    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)

    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
  7.  

    Good place to work, needs better direction

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

    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
  8.  

    Accelrys Employee

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

    Pros

    Location
    Products
    People-Intelligent scientists and software engineers

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a company that can acquire Accelrys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    An evolving organization

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)

    Pros

    Amazing people and dynamic environment

    Cons

    Some people can take the pace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    18 great years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Terrific people, all committed to making great products. Good scientists, very open atmosphere for discussions etc. Company looks after people quite well, lots of events/things going on. Good mix of scientists and engineers, very young and driven workforce. Very international too.

    Cons

    Have to find 20 words - not easy. It is a great place!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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

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