Ginkgo BioWorks
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  • Founded
  • Company size
    less than 10
  • Revenue
    $1M to $5M (USD)
  • Industry
    Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
  • Headquarters
  • Link
    Ginkgo BioWorks website
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Coordinator in Boston, MA
on August 7, 2022
Everyone is nice but work life balance is hard. There's alot to do and not people working sometimes. Company is growing fast and feeling more corporate then a startup
Operations Engineer in Boston, MA
on October 21, 2021
Ginkgo is a very fun company full of great people. Unfortunately, some managers can be very difficult. In my case, both my shift manager (evening shift) and our supervisor were holdovers from a company Ginkgo bought, and came from a very different culture than the one Ginkgo espouses. They did not want to teach their skills, which makes them even harder to replace and keeps them valuable to the company, despite the negative culture on the team. Other folks at Ginkgo had similar complaints while I was there; most of the people are truly fantastic, but at the management level there are valuable people who just don't care as much about work life balance, teaching their employees, job advancement, etc. Most of the people I know who left left because of management, or struggles with advancing within the company. The founders are awesome and I think there is a constant push from the top to improve, but as the company grew (rapidly) and went public, I think it became harder to maintain the environment they envisioned.
Technical Contract Recruiter in Boston, MA
on May 5, 2021
Working here, you are surrounded by intelligent team members looking to make a difference. Mission driven thinking is very important to all the hiring managers
Software Engineering Intern in Boston, MA
on April 7, 2021
At least before the 2020 hiring surge, it was clear that the people were very smart and capable, but also has quite interesting backgrounds and personalities. Hoping that it stays that way!
Organism Engineer in Boston, MA
on March 19, 2021
I have been working at Ginkgo BioWorks full-time for more than a yearProsCountless, but to name a few.1) Cool science, projects, culture, and work environment. Full of teamwork, easy to be self-motivated, and extra work/effort generally does not go unnoticed. No apparent politics or backstabbing. People love talking to each other about work, science, and others.2) Multitude in career advancement/ladders catered to one's needs, can be promoted while staying in lab or shift to management, while being compensated the same.3) Founders are charismatic, and have not lost touch with science. Very passionate, yet strategic. All while being transparent about company's directions and being considerate of the employees.4) Managers are generally considerate of their teammates/workers, while also being mindful of project deliverables/milestones. They generally do not lose sight of their fellow workers in the course of catering to the needs of clients/investors.5) No major complaints or red flags.ConsNothing major really, but to point some out:1) Salary/compensation is average and pretty much level with other Ginkgo folks to foster teamwork and mitigate politics/backstabbing. Also means harder to move up the career ladder based on "individual" stellar performance, although totally understandable since there is likely no such thing as a true stellar performance by just one individual. But tries to keep individual motivation up by having emergent role-based promotions.2) Generally the work-life balance is good. But some people/teams definitely have more work than others, which is not necessarily reflected in salary/compensation to maintain "equality."3) Incoming employee onboarding is a bit disorganized and hectic. But hey, minimal bureaucracy to slow us down.4) Employee training is not as formalized and organized. But hey, minimal bureaucracy to slow us down.5) There is no cookie-cutter management style, so people will have different experience across different teams. But hey, minimal bureaucracy to slow us down.Advice to ManagementKeep it up, take risks, but tread with caution for company-impacting decisions.

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