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NanoString Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sr Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NanoString full-time

    Pros

    Really great place to work.

    Cons

    Maybe too much going on but that's great for our future.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NanoString full-time

    Pros

    Very hard working, knowledgeable, caring, and capable individuals throughout the organization. The technology is perfect if you enjoy competition and want to have an impact in both the research and clinical space. The culture at the mid-management and contributor levels is family like, especially for those with longer tenure.

    Cons

    New commercial leadership needs to connect with the field and customers. Also, they need to understand that we need to focus on long term goals in addition to the current quarter. Most importantly, new leadership needs to care more about those in their charge versus simply being in charge.

    Advice to Management

    PS
    Real leadership is selfless. Don't sacrifice your people and business to make yourself look better.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Consider Carefully Before Joining"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NanoString full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people to work with (within some teams), relaxed work space, culture committee & decent employee events. Perhaps a good place for entry level candidate looking to start their career.

    Cons

    Do not apply for jobs within the Supply Chain department. If so, prepare for very poor lower management that is not being addressed by upper management. Managers will not have your best interests in mind and if you have a strong work ethic, you will be taken advantage of. Many good employees are leaving this company as their voices are not being heard and their concerns are not being taken seriously. HR is not a helpful resource for resolving internal issues. They know management is bad and will do nothing. Don't waste your time. The company is currently struggling within the market so no comment on the outlook. This company also likes to hire from the outside instead of promoting from within. There are many people here who believe in the tech and products which may save the company if the management doesn't fail them first.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, preferably before their exit interviews. Consider how effective your lower managers are and hold them accountable for their job roles and how they manage (or do not manage) their reports.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Kinks in the Pipeline"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at NanoString full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits with some really caring people

    Cons

    Absolute chaos and detachment from reality in upper management. People running away daily

    Advice to Management

    Change the highest level of management.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Decent company. Challenging problems to solve."

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NanoString full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to find solutions to problems. If you’re a creative problem-solver, then this is a good place for you
    You have a lot of freedom to determine what you can work on; you set your goals for the year and have a decent amount of freedom to do so

    Cons

    Technology and IT systems are immature and could use some investment.
    Sometimes the direction is unclear from leadership, so a lot of time is spent just figuring out what you’re supposed to be doing

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to invest more in the tools people need rather than doing things as cheaply as possible and fixing it after the fact


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A company that cares about their employees"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supports employees, fast paced, challenging, growing

    Cons

    Management hierarchy seems a little outdated.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NanoString full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Collaboration is the norm. Laid back but challenging at the same time.

    Cons

    Feels like a start up that is trying to grow. Not necessary a con...

    Advice to Management

    Don't loose touch with your teams.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Research Associate in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Research Associate in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    The company has great benefits and perks, coworkers are very friendly, they have fun team-building activities often, collaboration is encouraged, and positive work environment most of the time

    Cons

    Not too much in the way of career development, upper management tends to blame problems on "lack of communication" instead of confronting the real issue, also tend to promote out of convenience/necessity, end of the quarter rush can be brutal.

    Advice to Management

    Fire or demote lower management in order to help teams function better, take employee concerns seriously; sometimes there's a real issue with an individual and it isn't communication-based


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Results going sideways"

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    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales and Marketing in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NanoString full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, friendly people, everyone has a role to play, most stay in their lanes to make for a productive work environment.

    Cons

    Leadership is generally good although results have gone sideways the since Brad stepped into the CEO role. Management team has changed and there has been a shakeup on both the life science and diagnostic teams over the last couple of years. Brad's still at the helm and has managed to pass on responsibility for lackluster performance (but for how much longer can he do that?).

    Advice to Management

    Resource your teams more efficiently--some key projects are gasping for air without the resources necessary to perform.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Generally ok, but room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, "get your work done" work environment. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Lacks solid career development and support to do the job well. Still has a started up feel although approaching 500 employees. Communication between groups is disjointed and collaborative environment is missing.

    Advice to Management

    Create a cohesive environment, where all employees feel and act as though they are on the same team. Provide clear career pathways so that employees can see their next step and what they need to do to get there.


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