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Accelrys Reviews

Updated 15 August, 2014
Updated 15 August, 2014
35 Reviews

3.5
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Accelrys President, CEO, and Director Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
Scipio M. (Max) Carnecchia
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  1.  

    If you enjoy being managed by someone who only cares about their numbers, you will love Accelrys

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.  

    Sales management was in transition

    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    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.  

    Changes are the constant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Diego, CA (US)

    Pros

    Passion of the people and diversity in corporate culture make Accelrys a high energy environment. Leadership is focused and demanding which is why the company has been able to execute so well in such a tough market filled with competition.

    Cons

    Like all places, corporate politics and opinions can shape directions and careers. Being able to march to a drum that is off-beat can be difficult.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Well run.

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    Former Employee - Director of Product Management  in  San Ramon, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great science. Good people. Lots of moving parts to integrate, but a good team of execs workingon making it happen. Messy at times, but overall for the greater good.

    Cons

    lots of change in today's world so for folks uneasy with change, not a smooth ride

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work, but remember the "little people"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging environment - crazy work hours

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Challenging environment, Decent compensation,Great colleagues.

    Cons

    Fewer resources force employees to work crazy hours. they have more than regular lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to have a solid direction and work on implementing it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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)

    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
  8.  

    Ten years with the company(s)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Market leading product suite, interesting science-centric domain, strong team of contributors.

    Cons

    Knee-jerk reactions to problems often resulting in blindly prescribed, process-intense "solutions".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use common sense.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Nice & Friendly Environment

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

    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
  10.  

    Good Company, Growing Fast

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Smart people and interesting work.

    Cons

    You have to be a self-starter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to engage more with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A company that truly respects and appreciates your contributions

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    Current Employee - Software Support Specialist  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Support Specialist in San Diego, CA (US)

    Pros

    The best thing from my own experience, is that they don't micro-manage you. They hire you to do the job and don't feel the need to hover over you to ensure you get it done. They provide a friendly open environment where everyone works together, without a defined hierarchy. You are treated as an equal by everyone, regardless of the initials that follow their name. They strive to provide a relaxed atmosphere and grant employees opportunities to have fun with their co-workers, whether it be at the weekly on site happy hours, to the amenities like, pool table, shuffleboard and Foosball or the full gym and basketball court. I also like the relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Honestly, I haven't found any. I'll update my review should I stumble across something later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You've assembled an eclectic group of people that are on board with the companies goals and work to continue pushing us forward.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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