NantWorks Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D.
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  1. Great potential and exciting projects. Little transparency of company direction.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NantWorks

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

    Pros

    Exciting cutting-edge projects, smart people, good diversity in team member background and expertise.

    Cons

    Little transparency of direction from top management. Communication between departments and teams are discouraged.


  2. Fast-paced, dynamic, challenging, but sometimes confusing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NantWorks full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  3. Under debate

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at NantWorks

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

    Pros

    Chance to work with the latest health care technology

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from management

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent and share information


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  5. Helpful (2)

    great environment

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at NantWorks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of support to pursue new projects, great training and compensation. innovative and cutting edge development of healthcare technologies that is a fun environment to work in

    Cons

    sometimes irregular hours, and the leadership can be hard to keep in touch with. you must take a lot of personal initiative to move up or take on more responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    perhaps develop the corporate ladder


  6. Helpful (4)

    Disappointed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

    I worked at NantWorks full-time

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

    Pros

    Work with very smart, talented people. Innovative products/ideas.

    Cons

    Top management hires qualified people but then doesn't let them make any decisions. Your brought on board to do a job but your hands are tied because the senior team is constantly changing directions which makes it hard to make any forward progress. On top of it all, management has created an environment that if you are not considered "within the in group" then you are an outcast, all of which is very subjective.

    Advice to Management

    Set up a strategic roadmap/long term plan along with an annual plan. Ensure these plans are shared among all so everyone is marching to this same beat. Then step back and let the team do their job, with periodic reporting to ensure everyone is on track. Have a standard working guideline to which everyone should work toward and then reward everyone accordingly, no subjective atta boys.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Management needs training

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NantWorks full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fast growth, new facilities, good people, exciting projects, hard working staff, competetive compensation

    Cons

    Communication = non exisitent. Decisions are made fast without input outside elite circle of "in the know" decision makers, several of whom have never worked outside the company. Competent staff spends too much time carrying out commands, cleaning up poorly planned decisions, establishing procedures after the fact. Management needs to shed the god-like complex and consider offering clear direction, feedback and decentralizing authority. Knowledgeable staff is able and willing.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Build a partnership. Empower them. Give them tools and information they need to job they were hired for. Learn to communicate effectively and to follow up. Most of your employees are just hardworking professionals who want to contribute--don't take them for granted. Communicate, communicate, communicate.


  8. Helpful (6)

    NotWorks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NantWorks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Passionate Billionaire shines brightly, nice new digs.

    Cons

    No infrastructure below owner to catch mere mortals. Too many companies trying to come together feeding off the center for funding and attention with little if any revenue goals or plans of how to create synergies amongst themselves. A general state of confusion and insecurity prevails amongst management and staff.

    Advice to Management

    Act like management, enact basic business practice as an organization, communicate a thoughtful plan, support and enable leaders to achieve a shared direction.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Run Away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at NantWorks full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Location and opportunities in certain groups

    Cons

    Minimal to nil communication between management and employees. Negative employee feedback is looked as not being a team player. Negative feed back to employee from supervisor is done in the ofrm of termination. There is never any warning. Decisions made and carried out by decree. They love you as you arrive and your are chewed up and spot out when they are done. This is usually done on the last day of the month so you have zero benefits.

    Advice to Management

    TALK to your employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    caveat emptor!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NantWorks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Strong funding, wonderful vision of a highly-driven owner, LA Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong. Vision is of a vast portfolio of portable digital eMedicine solutions to enable many 21st century opportunities for technology to empower a revolution in patient-centric healthcare.

    Cons

    Eccentric, unpredictable, irregular, quixotic, overly centralized, resulting in damage to lateral leadership teamwork, and inconsistent and undeveloped business culture. Beware of easy first investment, then slow strangle, then swift slaughter.

    Advice to Management

    After turbulent 2011, settle down and keep a steady and strong investment policy in the constituent companies. Support and empower your senior leadership, that is a huge step to building the new organization. Don't be so suspicious. Most of the scientists and leaders are working round-the-clock and totally dedicated and deeply and genuinely devoted. So don't spit them on, rather give them sturdy budgets and empower them to make decisions on how that is deployed, for the swift advance of the enterprise. Best wishes.



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