I worked at Nanosys (More than 8 years)
I was most recently employed at Nanosys in the position of a Senior Scientist with specialty in synthetic chemistry. When the company decided to do a minor course correction I was laid off in April 2016. I enjoyed working at Nanosys and found the work environment to be interesting, encouraging and technically invigorating. At present, Nanosys is a world leader in the manufacture and formulation of nanocrystal phosphors. Nanosys nanocrystal phosphors outperform their competitors in terms of brightness (QY), stability and narrowness of emission (narrow emission fwhm). If Nanosys maintains its course Nanosys should be able to maintain its leadership position for a good number of years in the future.
I believe that Nanosys gained their industry position in large part by helping its employees be successful while pursuing company goals. They actively promoted employee creativity to solve problems while maintaining the focus of their employees on the goals of the company. While at Nanosys, I was encouraged to describe my latest efforts in a short presentation every two weeks at the R&D group meeting as well as during a one-on-one meeting with my supervisor every week. Also, all the technical co-workers were encouraged to discuss our R&D efforts in a company-wide technical meeting about twice a year. Additionally, industrial and academic leaders were invited to give seminars at Nanosys periodically. These activities stimulated me intellectually, encouraged my problem solving abilities and motivated my practical activities as a task level, hands on scientist. Direct inter employee communication was promoted with catered company lunches on Monday and Friday. We had the opportunity to have lunch with company founders, CEO, CFO, CTO, IP / legal council and department leading officers as well as coworkers, facility workers and production chemistry operators. These interactions provided the opportunity for everyone at Nanosys to be on a first name basis and facilitated communication with anyone at anytime, either in the hallway or in their office. Nanosys hired the best employees and cultivated a no-nonsense work environment where everyone was accessible at any time for any reason.
Not really a complaint - it would have been nice to have more picnic tables for lunch outside in the shade.
I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Nanosys (New York, NY).
1 hour interview with 3 different people who brought in a pre-questioned sheet and read the questions directly to me and wrote down my response. I was then given a brief tour of the lab and was rudely told not to disturb the employees or touch anything as if the candidate are kids. I was repeatedly told that "If we decide to hire you, we can go in detail regarding the process". After less than a week, I was given the job offer but there was no attempt to actually bring the contractors to speed. We were just there to do manual labor, work on hazardous material to make sure shipments were made.
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