Codexis Reviews

Updated Oct 9, 2021

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3.4
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Codexis President & CEO John J. Nicols
John J. Nicols
34 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of work-life balance examples, from book clubs, to coffee break with senior management, to virtual work-out sessions; generous time-off(in 18 reviews)

  • "Great people, good benefits, good science(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Upper management lack of recognition of lower level employee contributions(in 5 reviews)

  • "Any position below scientist is purely low paid labor with little to no career development prospects(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      very kind

      Oct 9, 2021 - Pharmacist in American Fork, UT
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      Pros

      the company is better than other same companys

      Cons

      actually the company is not very big

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    2. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Growing company with promise

      Oct 8, 2021 - Employee 
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      Pros

      Friendly colleagues all around and good people to work with. Supportive and respectable management that understands importance of having a work/life balance. Salary is competitive and in line with industry average (they've contracted an outside firm to analyze everyone's salary and adjusted accordingly). Annual bonus is a big plus and dependent on your position but averages 15% of your salary. Rapid growth and hiring spree due to new promising business. Transparency with all-hands meetings 2x/quarter to update staff on business ongoings with anonymous question submission. Handled COVID situation well (free on site testing 2x/wk with masks, gloves, and sanitizer at every entrance) plus flexible/understanding WFH policy if your position allows for it.

      Cons

      Only 20 days off/year, which combines both regular PTO + sick leave, so no separate accrual for sick and no maternity/paternity program. 4% 401k match is fairly low but better than none. Some growing pains due to rapid staff increase but they're cognizant of it and open to improvement and new ideas.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Working at Codexis

      Jul 29, 2021 - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Management always keeps improving and takes great care of employees. Work/Life balance. Excellent compensation and great benefits.

      Cons

      There is no dissatisfaction in Codexis. Management always takes great care for the employees. Opinions and comments are welcome and listened by the leaderships team

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good

      Jun 24, 2021 - Manager 
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      Pros

      Friendly and approachable staff around

      Cons

      Not much cons to mention

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Review

      Jun 8, 2021 - Research Associate I in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      Great coworkers and small teams

      Cons

      Very conservative, old school, and minimal benefits compared to other biotech companies. No stocks.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Culture

      May 10, 2021 - Research Scientist III 
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      Pros

      coworkers, company culture, good benefits, pleasant office

      Cons

      non-diverse leadership lack of transparency on pay/career paths

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great people, great work

      Mar 3, 2021 - Process Engineer in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      Really great teams of people to work with, attentive management, good WLB and benefits. Exciting, meaningful projects with sufficient funding to attack challenging problems.

      Cons

      Facilities are aging and compensation could be better, though the company is working to remedy both of these things.

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    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Excellent company!

      Feb 23, 2021 - Senior QA & Documentation Specialist in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      People, technology, culture, benefits, leadership, values

      Cons

      Expensive to live in Bay Area.

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing Technology !

      Feb 19, 2021 - Anonymous 
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      Pros

      Codexis is a company with absolutely fantastic technology that we are applying to diverse and new areas. The excitement generated by our technology allows Codexis to hire amazing and passionate scientists, and the existing and potential markets for our technology allow us to hire highly talented people that support our operations. Over my years at Codexis, I have collaborated on many projects that have turned biology into impactful and innovative commercial solutions. I have great colleagues and I love what I do!

      Cons

      Commute to Redwood City from the East Bay can be long.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A great company working out its kinks; excellent learning environment

      Feb 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
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      Pros

      - Company is growing so there are plenty of opportunities, though they may not be available immediately - Always open to new ideas and regular communication; really encourages people to take the lead + grow professionally & personally - Everyone is so friendly; LOVE my coworkers. I think I have an awesome team with people who really care. - There is a lot of respect for your personal time. Codexis offers a good work life balance. - Works hard to create a collaborative & friendly culture, even with COVID circumstances and remote work. Ongoing company-wide events & contests, fun ways to join in and meet the executives + new hires

      Cons

      - The company does face growing pains with their expansion; things like updating technology, adding office space, changing office/cube locations, formalizing & updating procedures. A lot of these things happen frequently & sometimes not in the most organized way - A lot of different voices in management that make it difficult to move forward sometimes, but ultimately still good to hear difference opinions & points of views

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