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Updated January 9, 2018
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Francis C Manganaro
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Pros
  • Good Benefits-It is good company (in 4 reviews)

  • good people easy enviornment good parking very scenic locale (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Many of the people are old school (in 4 reviews)

  • Depending on what team you work for your experience will good or really bad (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great flexible job"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Glucose Trainer in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Glucose Trainer in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great flexibility, great pay, no micro managing, the people you work with are paid the same as you and that makes for no competition for work

    Cons

    Little training, the job requires updates to training material and the remote work makes it hard to stay current with new methods and device updates


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Technician-Machine Operator"

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    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - CNC Machine Operator in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nova Biomedical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits-It is good company

    Cons

    No good pay-It has many restrictions

    Advice to Management

    they do not pay well

  3. "It’s not burgers you are selling"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Technician in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None only the cafeteria. There’s nothing good about working here. One of the worst companies I have worked for in my entire life.

    Cons

    A McDonald’s employee gets paid more than Nova employees. We make medicine for gods sake not burgers. The employees are under pay and worked to the bone. Management yells at them for anything like if they are stupid. They are treated like slaves. The only people that stay to work here are immigrants who know little to no English and can’t get a better job. Many people leave before a year of being in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better, make them a priority. Pay them a fair amount. $12 to make medicine is a joke. What you pay for us the quality that you get.


  4. "A great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great technology and a caring environment

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Red frag"

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    Former Employee - Chemist II in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Chemist II in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Nova Biomedical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked in manufacturing, very nice people and supervisor great, with a good cafeteria

    Cons

    The manager was a terrible and always had attitude to people looking to advance, always took you to do childish jobs you didn't apply for, and treated people like kids. He was kinda of a guy of my way or no other way, and place of work had no chairs and you have to be in your feet all hours. It looks like the management doesn't know what happens to their employees under this guy

    Advice to Management

    Take time to talk one on one with your employees, and know what happening. Employees are treated terribly by the managers on the floors. This was reason why I left to be where I can be treated like somebody


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Job, Great Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nova Biomedical full-time

    Pros

    -World class products with a passionate company culture
    -Work life balance which creates high level of commitment and service in the company
    -Great opportunity to grow and learn a lot while getting to work with people who truly care
    -Fun, friendly, environment with good benefits where people are happy to come to work
    -Company cares about its employees and built an excellent scholarship program for students of Nova's employees

    Cons

    -Working from home-it's not always critical to be physically in the office to be effective and get the job done, it would be nice to offer work from home benefits!
    -Unlimited PTO-innovative companies are offering unlimited PTO to professional employees, might not be a bad idea to look into that as a benefit

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great leadership!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nova Biomedical offers support and growth, both intellectually and professionally."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Nova Biomedical part-time

    Pros

    I started off as a Co-op in the R&D department working among mechanical engineers. After two co-op semesters, NOVA has kept me on part-time until my graduation date at which point they have offered me a generous salary. I have consistently been supported and pushed towards learning more and reaching my personal professional goals.

    Cons

    The early hours of operation are hard, but also make for easier commutes.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mech. Engineer II"

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

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere is relaxed, and typically flexible. Large R&D department. Good cafeteria.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average. Location isnt great. Cant work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Dont waste so much money on inane tests and give more to the employees.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Account Executive-Sales"

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    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Current Employee - Account Executive
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fundamentally, Nova is an employer that values its' employees, and that is how they frame their company during the hiring/recruiting process. Nova also has the US market share in point-of-care blood glucose. The aging founders have brought leadership in from outside of Nova to manage the growth and the result is that the original Nova culture has been lost.

    Cons

    Although Nova has the market share in blood glucose at the point-of-care, they have missed the market in ABG analyzers. A market that Nova was once considered a market leader. The current product, Prime, was late to the market and doesn't have the complete menu that IDN's and hospital's demand. The result, as a sales rep that relies on variable income (commissions), the reality of maximizing the comp plan in the blood gas analyzer bucket isn't achievable. Furthermore, being the market share leader in POC blood glucose sounds attractive as an experience rep looking in from the outside. But the unvarnished truth is that the real opportunity to maximize commissions is with new business, and when a territory has the market share and the business is contractual, the real opportunities in a given fiscal year are not consistent enough to hit the $1.9M quota. Again, the result is the inability for sales reps to maximize the compensation plan. Many territories have market share greater than Nova's overall share of the market. Those reps are pressed to renew or extend the contracts, which seems like a win for both Nova and the rep, but the commission rate of .0067 only benefits Nova (.0067 equals $670/$100K of renewal business). Nova's base salary will attract the experienced medical sales rep, but the variable income is unrealistic (less than 10% of 24 reps make plan). Nova's leadership wants experience, but talented reps with experience should steer clear. Successful sales reps that come from other organizations will find themselves extremely frustrated in their ability to maximize the compensation plan. The median income for AE's is less than $120K.
    Furthermore. Nova sales management, a group that manages but are not leaders, requires a weekly quota of activity with specific criteria that isn't productive for every territory. The activity requirement is scrutinized and used to measure field reps performance. The pressure from the metric forces reps to satisfy the Nova expectation, but causes cursory, inefficient and ineffective activity. The expectation is communicated weekly to pressure reps and is another criteria that creates the overall culture of discontent. Most reps at Nova have their paper on the street looking for a place to take their talents.

    Advice to Management

    Return to the original culture of appreciating the work and results of the sales force. If not, discontinue recruiting experienced medical device sales professionals. Informed and experienced reps won't stay, and the alarming turnover will not improve.
    The pharmaceutical approach to sales management isn't working and remains incongruent to the profile Nova attempts to recruit. Successful medical device reps will be dissatisfied with the true compensation based on the pressure and expectation.
    The only way to change the culture is to shift from management to leadership. The current organization is devoid of leadership. They are consumed with the POC glucose market, and are no longer a player in the ABG analyzer market. The majority is unfamiliar with Nova in the ABG market and the current product portfolio doesn't have an impact on the market. The current approach will result in declining revenue, and increased turnover in the sales force.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Accounts Payable"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training is decent at best. The Accounting department works as a team, very friendly. Nice café, good people easy environment. Good parking . Very friendly workers, open honest and hard working.

    Cons

    Below average compensation. No option to work remotely.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation


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