Nanosys Reviews

Updated May 7, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    senior scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nanosys full-time

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

    Pros

    Active company, large R&D team for such a small company, it had a very friendly working environment. People are focused on solving the problems. It is a very fast developing company.

    Cons

    The company do not provide great compensation; And there are lots of competition from other companies. More and more companies joined into this field. It is harder to keep the technology advantage.

    Advice to Management

    Do not put eggs into one basket. And provide more appealing compensations to the employees in order to attract more talented people to join in the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lack of management

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    Former Contractor - Lab Tech in Milpitas, CA
    Former Contractor - Lab Tech in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Nanosys as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Potential to growth and good environment to workj

    Cons

    Ridiculous management: laid off then hire. I recommend to work as a short term but long term is not a good idea.

    Advice to Management

    Please plan ahead and undertand the work flow


  3. Helpful (2)

    Promising but disappointing

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    Current Contractor - Production Chemist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Contractor - Production Chemist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Nanosys as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people with a lot of good ideas and dedication. The product will be great if it ever makes it out to market.

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines/business plans, bad management, and high turnover rate. Temps are not treated well, and a long wait to becoming a permanent employee. Good people are lost due to these practices and there is little hope for improvement.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Ok. risky, exciting, cutting edge, and volatile

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Nanosys

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating technology. Very smart scientists.

    Cons

    Volatile company direction and Sr. management - very high turnover.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Plethora of top technology but only a handful of great (wo)men contributors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Nanosys

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In short: excellent technology, diversity of projects, intelligent colleagues, company's exciting future possibilites.

    A major reason why I turned down other job offers to work at Nanosys was its array of technology initiatives. A typical startup may have one main product in the pipeline, but Nanosys is no typical startup: it has at 3-4 major unrelated programs with others that only a select few contribute to. Each program has a lot of potential in the marketplace, so the risk is diversified. If that is not enticing for a startup, then I don't know what is. Another important factor is the high quality of scientists (mostly PhD-level) that work at Nanosys; although 'dead wood' exists in most organizations, the exceptional talent of the remainding employees makes up for it.

    Cons

    High turnover of talented employees, understaffed projects/programs, significant business promises and deadlines sometimes unrealistic, highly male-dominated upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Improve employee retention, hire more scientists for each program



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