I worked at Accelrys full-time (More than 3 years)
Met some very bright and interesting people. Company is very flexible with working from home, etc. Some products are fun to work with (I am a geek). One senior person I hold responsible for a lot of dissatisfaction has now left.
Management was always chasing the next company to take over. Company was fragmented and did not feel as one company. Commercially the decision in life sciences to prioritise lab notebooks over science was probably right but as a scientist I felt left behind. Company had (has) large churn. Services were punished for success.
Advice to Management
I would guess there are no notebook companies left to take over but even if there are stop taking them over. Integrate the technologies you have acquired. There is science in life science, Pipeline Pilot is seen too much as an integration platform and the likes of Knime/Python are taking over the datamining field.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Accelrys (Milford, MA (US)) in August-2015.
First round was conducted by two people: Hiring Manager and Principal Software Engineer. The questions were mainly based on my past experience and project management like How do you deliver high quality code? Then I was invited for 2 hour onsite interview. Before interview, I was provided a design question and was asked to be prepare for discussion. On the day, I had to talk around 9 people. Some asked technical questions. Some asked behavioral and some were past project related. Finally, I was asked to design the application which they sent me prior. I discussed it with Principal Engineer and Database Admin. In the end, I was given a sheet with 2 SQL query questions. I got a call from HR next day that they wanted to move forward with an offer.
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