Nanosphere Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
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  1. Treading water...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Nanosphere full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great co-workers, good health insurance. Requesting time off has never been an issue.

    Cons

    Facility is terrible, cannot keep talent, QA/QC doesn't understand how to design good quality systems, very minimal focus on improving the technology.

    Advice to Management

    Get some good talent into the company and really try to make them happy enough to stay on for more than a year or two.

  2. Running out of money

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anon in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anon in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Nanosphere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation time after you stay for five years but that is impossible now since they will be bankrupt by June.

    Cons

    Just had huge layoffs. They are running out of money. Management has no idea how to run company. Micromanagement and downright viscousness in management depending on the department. There is absolutely no training at this company. Nobody has any idea what they are doing. It is very very scary.

    Advice to Management

    You totally blew the execution of this incredible technology.

  3. Growing fast

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanosphere full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nanosphere is growing very quickly. There was quite a bit of change at the upper management level recently and it was refreshing. There is a lot of positive energy and success is celebrated. Opportunities for growth are certainly there for those who work hard and are committed. This is a great time to be working here.

    Cons

    It is a small company, so resources may be limited, but given the growth I see this as an opportunity not as problem.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Worst supervisor I have ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Nanosphere full-time (less than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is OK. Not over worked. I have only been there a few months so my review might not be the same as some of the people who have been there longer.

    Cons

    The training is terrible.
    On my first day I must have read over 25 procedures. No one is going to remember what they read when you do it like that.
     I was shown how to run a machine once and I was expected to know it completely after that. If you ask a certain supervisor a question he just starts twitching and then runs out of the room.
    I have walked in numerous times and heard the supervisors gossiping about other employees.

    Advice to Management

    There are others who are way more deserving to be in charge.

  6. Helpful (1)

    No, no, Nanosphere!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Nanosphere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    To get a pay check

    Cons

    No communication from upper management.
    No one really knows what's going on except for upper management.
    People's perception of you becomes reality.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover the reigns to someone else

  7. Helpful (2)

    Too much opacity and micro-management for a medium-size company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nanosphere full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some employees/managers care very much about the scientific process and producing the best products possible.

    Cons

    Micro-managing, loss of productivity due to middle management problems, too many people there to draw a paycheck or to lord power over others. Lots of time wasted on communication issues.

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware of interpersonal relationships of middle management. Foster more career advancement opportunities and peer-review of management.

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