Zymergen Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2022

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3.1
47%
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29%
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Zymergen Chief Executive Officer Joshua Hoffman
Joshua Hoffman
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Pros
  • "Great resources, smart people and free food(in 22 reviews)

  • "Zymergen treats you like family(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Zymergen has some of the challenges you'd expect in a high-tech environment(in 19 reviews)

  • "No transparency from upper management(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      EHS Manager

      Aug 10, 2022 - Senior EHS Manager in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great environment and work culture - Flexibility - Well work dynamic

      Cons

      - Constant changing - Not having much revenue

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great, intelligent people with troubled management

      Aug 9, 2022 - Research Associate II in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The workplace culture is generally welcoming, with a collaborative environment and friendly people.

      Cons

      However, management seems to be contradictory at times or trouble communicating consistent messages. Career advancement is a vague process and workloads can get very high with potentially tight deadlines.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      the front line worker are the best. the management teams is the otherwise

      Jul 26, 2022 - Process Engineer I in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      you work a bunch of nice , talented, and responsible co-workers

      Cons

      the direction of the company is not clear, 5 rounds of laid-off since pandemic. reorg - laid off- reorg-laid off, on and on. You will get tired of it. The company is clearly struggling to make a profit and keeps on changing its focus

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Good company

      Jul 9, 2022 - Research Associate III 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Benefits Pay Work life balance

      Cons

      Commuting can be difficult Company profitability

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    5. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      So long, and thanks for all the fish

      Aug 10, 2022 - Research Associate II in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Zymergen has been a great company to work for on the ground level. My peers, my direct manager, and my department head all are amazing scientists and colleagues. The pay was good, the benefits were good, and the science was amazing.

      Cons

      However, it was not to last. Zymergen never seemed to have a clear goal in mind, and our projects seemed to be a string of attempts that were too late, poorly scoped, and poorly resourced. There never was any clarity on how business decisions were made, and other departments with less protective managers had extraordinarily poor cultures and the burnout/churn was absolutely breathtaking.

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good company

      Jun 29, 2022 - Human Resources Manager in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, close knit employees

      Cons

      Uncertain financial future, funding running out

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Perks were okay but treated poorly

      Jun 22, 2022 - Laboratory Technician 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Catered lunches, clean work space, lots of snacks etc

      Cons

      Undervalued, over worked, unrealistic deadlines, worked like a dog.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good coworkers, troubled company

      May 24, 2022 - Scientist II 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of great people to work with. Many very interesting projects and collaborations.

      Cons

      The company hasn't yet had a good way to make money. Hard to know if they will find one.

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    9. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good experience

      May 27, 2022 - Research Associate 1 in Emeryville, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great scientists, free food, etc

      Cons

      Layoffs, Management was not as transparent as I would prefer

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Science done by great people

      May 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong collection of expertise and passionate people

      Cons

      Lots of activities going on with need for stronger prioritization

      1 person found this review helpful
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    Zymergen has an overall rating of 3.1 out of 5, based on over 186 reviews left anonymously by employees. 47% of employees would recommend working at Zymergen to a friend and 22% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -4% over the last 12 months.

    According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Zymergen employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.8 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Zymergen. This rating has improved by 7% over the last 12 months.

    47% of Zymergen employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Zymergen 3.7 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.2 for career opportunities.

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