Accelrys Reviews

Updated 9 March, 2015
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  1. An evolving organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people and dynamic environment

    Cons

    Some people can take the pace

  2. 18 great years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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!

  3. Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Accelrys full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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  5. 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!

  6. Challenging, exciting

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

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Accelrys offers many products across many disciplines.

    Cons

    Management could use more scientific leadership.

  7. Great if you love science and nice people, but not great if your a Tech Happy person.

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

    I have been working at Accelrys

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great customers with a global footprint
    Stable and a money maker
    Not a cut throat environment
    Growing both organically and through M/A.

    Cons

    Too much of a focus on Science and not enough in other areas.
    Slow to take up new technologies internally and within products.

    Advice to Management

    Be better listeners and follow up on feedback. Provide more career guidance and opportunities to those looking to move up in their career versus waiting for them to leave.

  8. High demanding, multi-tasking environment

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

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A place suitable to someone who does not mind tackling an inordinate number of action items all of which are super critical.

    Cons

    Potential to grow the business is guaranteed, the growth is not commensurate to the potential

    Advice to Management

    Challenge the team to get out of their comfort zone. Currently most workers are doing what they know how best to do (which is good for staus-quo but not necessarily effective for demonstrating growth)

  9. Lots of ups and downs, but overall bery good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director of Product Management in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great leadership
    Solid product
    Fantastic customers.

    Cons

    Not as sexy as Internet and mobile companies

    Advice to Management

    Grow beyond enterprise software. Quickly.

  10. Great work environment where everyone is respectful of others.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Ramon, CA (US)

    I have been working at Accelrys

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    An excellent place for a self-starter to make great contributions to excellent products.
    Upper management really wants to make a difference in the quality of the products.

    Cons

    This is no place for someone who only wants to "get by." So you have to put your whole heart into what you're doing. If you're not a balanced person, you could over-extend yourself and burn out.

  11. Helpful (1)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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