Zymergen Reviews

Updated Sep 12, 2021

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3.3
62%
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Zymergen Chief Executive Officer Joshua Hoffman
Joshua Hoffman
68 Ratings
Pros
  • "We run out of certain items sometimes but that's not really worth complaining about, its free food anyways(in 17 reviews)

  • "My attitude going in was I am going to learn as much as I can about everything from all these smart people I work with(in 7 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Growing pains - for now learn all that you can and get out(in 9 reviews)

  • "Sometimes the organization between you, managers, & upper-management can be murky(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      Sep 12, 2021 - Research Associate 
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      Pros

      I have never seen so many smart people in one place... Scientists, engineers, software people, all top shelf. Response time to fix problems - almost instantaneous. Free food, easy to get time off, benefits are superb. Great people, positive energy.

      Cons

      At this moment, a bit of business related uncertainity but I'm sure the company will come out strong.

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work, depending on your department

      Aug 17, 2021 - Scientist in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Diverse workplace, leadership cares about employee advancement, there are opportunities to move up quickly if you are a high performer (and not at a senior level)

      Cons

      Business plan is not defined, future success of company is unclear, salaries are lower than they should be for majority of scientific staff

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    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      So-So

      Aug 22, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      free food, good benefits, flexible time off.

      Cons

      management not as transparent as they should be

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    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great mission, good culture, hard execution

      Aug 7, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Amazing work culture, good salary, creativity and structure, smart coworkers

      Cons

      Business is not yet profitable and mission is very challenging. Very difficult domain for SWE

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Needs to focus and identify a product before scaling/deploying capital

      Sep 10, 2021 - Director 
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      Pros

      Great group of operating scientists and engineers. Well funded.

      Cons

      Leadership needs focus. It's hard enough to do one vertical/product in this industry, and even harder to try to do everything in every vertical. Execs did not take advice on focusing, leading to recent difficulties in execution. This may be a result of taking on too much capital. Difficult to support the valuation with a single product so it's a catch-22 at this stage.

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    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Science Poor Buisness

      Aug 6, 2021 - Scientist III in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Great colleagues, great science, and it was a really nice atmosphere to work

      Cons

      Business Development/ commercial side has sunk this company.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to learn but spread too thin

      Aug 6, 2021 - Research Associate III in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Zymergen is a great place for learning molecular biology, chemistry, fermentation, automation and project management.

      Cons

      More often than not, projects are understaffed and require employees to work long days to reach aggressive timelines made by the business.

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    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Overall a good company

      Aug 5, 2021 - Scientist I in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Talented people, Good training resources, Advanced technologies

      Cons

      Aggressive timeline, Huge workload, Problems with business decisions

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great, fast-paced work environment set on using biology to change the world

      Jul 17, 2021 - Research Associate II in Emeryville, CA
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      Pros

      Team oriented, great benefits, strong scientific minds

      Cons

      Lack of transparency with regard to overall company status had quite a few reorganizations during my time which was unsettling

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    10. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to work but issues with management

      Jul 25, 2021 - Associate in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      - Smart people - Cool projects

      Cons

      - Management is to aggressive and doesn’t understand the science

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