NovaBay

  www.novabaypharma.com
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Forgetable

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Former Employee - Vice President Research in Emeryville, CA
Former Employee - Vice President Research in Emeryville, CA

I worked at NovaBay

Pros

Salary, proximity to San Francisco

Cons

Poor science, insecure management (some, incompetent too)

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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    Unethical, money spent irresponsibly, lies to staff, EC and board members. Corrupt CEO & CFO

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at NovaBay full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    In general, the staff is pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    Pay: Extremely Below Current Market Value

    Ethics: Ron Najafi, CEO, is known to host dozens of "business dinners" dinners multiple times a month. All these business dinners just happen to be located in the small city where Ron resides. Inappropriate behavior considering the NovaBay's current business state - or lack thereof.

    Forcing users to take time out of their day to attend a ceremony Persian New Year is not only offensive, but insulting. If the CEO wants to celebrate Persian New Year, the reset of the staff should be allowed to celebrate their version of new year. We tried setting up a program that would allow us to be more diverse, but the CEO found it to be a "productivity waster." How is attending Persian New Year acceptable, yet attending celebrations from other nationalities a productivity waster.

    While not easily offended, Ron tends to bring 'God" into meetings and not in a good way. He's made statements such as "If you can't figure it out, get God on the phone!" This happens during company meetings regularly.

    CEO insists on buying supplies from his other company that is run by his wife when NovaBay can save at least 50% (actual number) buy purchasing supplies from another party. All this does is pad the CEO's pocket, twice. Since his wife "runs" the Cplabsafety, they are essentially being paid twice over. How is this not a SOX violation. How can this be legal? If not illegal, it's in a poor taste and ethics.

    - Un-ethical conduct at corporate level: CEO & CFO full of lies to employees. CEO is all about taking care of himself, but puts up a façade that he cares about employees.

    - CFO, Tom Paulson, is nothing more than a yes man that does his absolute best to ensure the CEO keeps him employed. The term "brown nose" is an understatement. The CFO loves to spend company funds on non-work related items. Jawbone bracelet that measures sleep patterns,

    - Extremely poor example of a leader. Favoritism within the EC and board members.

    - CEO micro manages every aspect of the company.

    - Job Security - I was constantly threatened with termination if I did not bring the CEO a chocolate chip cookie every morning upon his arrival. Yes, a cookie.

    - Terrible communication and poor execution of projects with current business partner, Galderma.

    - Company Ownership needs to change hands. Current ownership is taking what use to be a good company and running it into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove Ron Najafi and Tom Paulson as CEO and CFO immediately! They are nothing but a drain on the company's cash flow. Cash burn rate for such a small company is wildly outrageous..

    My advice would be to get the CEO out of there!!!! The sooner or the better… If you can get the CEO to truly step aside, and cut the salary by just 50K on the top five Sr. Executives the company may survive for another year. Stop ripping off employees on so called “Bonus Stocks” that the employees never get to mature since work is so poor throughout the company. However with current leadership, and the amount of companies and government officials that dislike DSCI, I believe the doors will soon close.

    Doesn't Recommend
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