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Accelrys Reviews

Updated 15 August, 2014
Updated 15 August, 2014
37 Reviews
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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    If you enjoy being managed by someone who only cares about their numbers, you will love Accelrys

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Accelrys full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The salaries at Accelrys were competitive, the benefits were also competitive, and they understand that the employees have a life outside of work. Neither myself, nor anyone I knew there, was ever hassled for needing to take a little time off for school functions, or taking kids to the doctors, etc. They did have niceties like bagels now and then, ice cream socials, happy hours, outings to baseball games.

    Cons

    Don't even know where to start. Management at Accelrys is concerned about ONE thing, and that's numbers. They simply do not care about the quality of the products (which is deteriorating); they care about the bottom line. They don't care whether people are qualified; they will hire more, cheaper people with little experience, and not try at all to retain knowledgeable people who make more. Your supervisor cares far less about helping you succeed than they care about hitting their numbers. But, if they don't hit their numbers, YOU get the blame. All of this this IS starting to show in the quality of the deliverables across the board. This was the culture for years while they positioned the company to be sold; which recently happened. The business model at the new owner, Dassault, is "outsource, outsource, outsource." So, as bad as it was getting, it will get even worse as departments are restructured and in many cases, outsourced. Longtime customers are also taking note, and the complaints are increasing. Accelrys does not care about these customers. They don't seem to have a metric that can distinguish happy and unhappy customers; they only have metrics around what was sold in the last three months. They will fire the people who make the products, and hire more people to sell the products. Key people high up in the organization are leaving. That is never a good sign.

    Oh, and if they have a bad quarter, they panic, and start laying off people, despite the new parent company having hundreds of millions of dollars in cash in the bank.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice they would listen to. They never have, and they won't start now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Politically Charged - Disfunctional Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    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
  3.  

    ACCL - not for me!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Accelrys

    Pros

    ACCL 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.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    My experience at Accelrys was terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Pros

    Happy Hours
    Cafeteria
    Clean Bathrooms
    (Notice I can not think of anything positive work related to say about the company?)

    Cons

    Management is very risk averse and accordingly tends to micromanage its employees which is kind of a downer if you're not used to it.
    If management values its employees, I haven't seen it.
    Communication from the top is abyssmal.
    Finally, if you're looking to work with the best and brightest, you won't find that here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do their job. Have confidence in your employees' abilities and give them the support and recognition they deserve. Finally, talk to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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