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Dr. Patrick, the CEO, provides an compelling grand vision that is meaningfully ambitious and quite powerful. The Nantworks Family provides amazing open office workspace in Culver City. You cannot help but have some degree of faith in that he's successfully exited two self-founded public companies for billions of dollars before within in the same industry -- and that he might do it again.
Funding will never be an issue in this company, whether it is from the owner or him raising capital based on his prestige and vision alone. People are nice, and helpful. Good culture, but it could use a lot more collaboration and team-building. There is less politics and drama here than at most any other company, which is great. Pay is also good, but bonus and equity structure is either non-existent or kept very much under wraps.
Many things are "hush hush" and not to be talked about. Often times you will find out a transaction took place that involves your division and were given no clue or advance notice of this direction-changing acquisition. Nantworks serves as a shared service center for dozens of companies under its umbrella, but every division is essentially fighting for relevancy and funding while most are relegated to the backburner. Also...there is no food anywhere to be found, despite it being a "startup" that has grown up.
Advice to Management
Cut the fat. There is too much bloat in the company and too little focus. Redefine your goals and hone in on them with laser focus. Divest or sell off companies in the portfolio that aren't core to the strategy and develop more meaningful synergies, rather than trying to piece together something that won't fit. To the CEO -- meet and greet some of your employees. Even a handshake introduction would do wonders.
Feed your employees! There's not even a single vending machine in the entire massive compound and nothing walking distance. Do you know how much productivity you lose by forcing everyone to leave the campus anytime they want a bite to eat? Some fruits and veggies wouldn't hurt, we're a health company right?
Invest in your people. Provide them specialized and relevant training to their field. Give them standing desks or massage days, things that are good for their health (again, we're a health company, walk the walk!)
Be more transparent! This is huge. Let your employees know what to expect in terms of direction of the company.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at NantWorks.
This was by far the most unprofessional interview I've ever been to. After I arrived I was left in a room by myself before the interviewers showed up. Then, I had three interviewers and each one was at least 15 minutes late. The first one asked if I was just out of business school. I went to business school over a decade ago! So much for preparing for their interview. The two things I couldn't believe: I asked each interviewer what job I was interviewing for and each of them gave me different answers. Seriously? And each time an interviewer left they said they didn't have any business cards left. What? Really? I'm interviewed by three different people and none of them give me business cards? Other weird things include being interviewed in an almost completely empty building and having them tell me they have no space for new people. For a company run by the wealthiest person in LA and that raised over $200 million, I still can't believe how unprofessional these people were. Oh, and I never heard back from them even though the interviews themselves went well, or so I thought. So bizarre. It's too bad because I really believe in their mission and was excited for the opportunity.
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