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nGimat Reviews

Updated October 31, 2017
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Andrew T. Hunt, Ph.D.
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  1. "enjoyed the work and challenges at nGimat"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at nGimat full-time

    Pros

    nGimat is basically a materials science company which does both commercial production of a broad range of nanopowders and applied research through contracts and grants with industrial and governmental entities. Both production and research continually involve new materials, new processes, and new challenges that allow technical types to do what they trained for, what they love to do, and to daily learn and grow in the process. In the small team at nGimat, everyone's role and work is vital and therefore highly valued. Success requires everyone's dedication to achieving the best possible results. Those who demonstrate that dedication at nGimat will have the respect and support of management, and therefore the opportunity for advances in pay and position. Another positive aspect of working at nGimat has always been the culture, which stems from the CEO/founder, Andrew Hunt. Andrew loves science and technology, loves coming up with new ideas and ways of doing things, making new advancements and achieving new records, making good products and performing excellently on projects, and having work be fun and enjoyable in the process. Those of the same mind will enjoy working at nGimat!

    Cons

    If you're someone who just wants to put in 8 hrs. with as little interest, effort, and commitment as possible, don't expect nGimat management to be happy with you.

    Advice to Management

    Since nGimat's workforce consists of a good many who are early in their careers, strive to instill in them nGimat's cultural principles of integrity, dedication to doing ones best, respect for others, and loving and enjoying what you do.


  2. "Enjoyed working at nGimat"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company is made up of very smart, talented people. If you want to work on exciting technology, using your advanced degree, nGimat is a good place for you.

    Cons

    I enjoyed working at nGimat.

  3. "ok"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at nGimat as an intern

    Pros

    interesting work, plenty to learn

    Cons

    facilities were fairly poor to work in


  4. "Avoid until changes are made"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at nGimat full-time

    Pros

    The technology is interesting, the potential to be a decent place to work is just out of reach.

    Cons

    From a manufacturing standpoint, this place is a disaster waiting to happen. Safety is non existent and management only gives lip service to address the problems. The budgets do not allow proper equipment, things are literally held together with electrical tape and a prayer.
    nGimat does not have a viable commercial product that can support the salaries of the company employees. The only thing keeping it afloat is government grants and the occasional research contract. The potential is there, but due to management it has not been realized in 24 years.
    Management is a train wreck. The CEO has the personality of a dictator and the ego to match. He can never be wrong and is always there to prove that. The only decent manager they had was run off. The only long term employees have long since left and recent employees only last about 6 months before realizing their mistake. The NLRB would have a field day with the employment practices, OSHA would shut them down and I bet the GAO would find some interesting accounting going on should they have a look.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the current CEO, he obviously is not going to make it better after 20 plus years of failing to do so. Find a way to build proper, safe, reliable production equipment and go after the market for the products you make well. Don't be so determined to do it your way, listen to the people who make your product and build on their ideas, foster their enthusiasm to improve. For gods sake, put some money into making your environment a safe work place before you kill someone.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Run. Far far away."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Doesn't mean you should work here. Please don't work here.

    Cons

    CEO Andrew Hunt is the most toxic boss possible. He shouldn't be managing a dairy queen, much less a technology company. Abusive. Micromanaging. Can't be told no. Throws tantrums like a child.

    Advice to Management

    Retire.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "A textbook toxic work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at nGimat full-time

    Pros

    The one pro of working at nGimat is the changing and revolving projects that come through the door. For a fresh graduate, you'll get to learn a lot that you may not at other, more stable companies. Please do not let this persuade you.

    Cons

    Safety:
    It's really only a matter of time before somebody really gets hurt at this place. Another reviewer said it correctly, an OSHA inspection would shut this place down. Management refuses to purchase the proper fire extinguishers. Improper storage of flammable liquids. Extension cords running off extension cords running off extension cords. Dangerous electrical wiring. Improper ventilation causes noxious fumes to spread around the facility.

    Financial instability:
    This company has no real commercial product. It operates by charging expenses to government projects. With projects constantly cycling in and out, and no honest attempts towards commercialization, any real revenue forecast us basically made up. The company promises lofty goals to bring in new grants, but can never deliver. nGimat is running on fumes now.

    Management:
    The biggest con and the true root of most problems at nGimat is the CEO. Plain and simple, he's running the company into the ground. Employee turnover is horrendous, leaving as quickly as they can find their next position. The CEO is always aggressive, constantly belittling and blaming. He respects no one and treats people accordingly.

    Most projects never materialize due to micromanagement. Any and all decisions must be run through the CEO, who holds an iron grip on all projects. Principle Investigators are generally relegated to essentially technicians. Oftentimes, the CEO misremembers facts and data, only to double down on his memory. Or worse, he makes up facts and twists data. It's essentially management through aggression. Fiscal and time budgets are almost entirely disconnected from reality. A three day task will be given a day to complete, with employees being chewed out for not working fast enough. Lots of good ideas are lost just because employees are tired of getting chewed out for speaking up.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and examine your actions. Your employees aren't just bill you have to pay twice a month, they're your biggest asset. If you don't respect them, how can you possibly expect them to respect you or your company back. You may be the smartest guy in the room, but you'll be the only guy left if you keep it up.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at nGimat (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to get your feet on the ground for recent grads while you look for a career employer. You will not get rich, or even close, but you will learn what you don't want to do.

    Cons

    Long term employees do not exist. Management is ego centric and any non advanced degree types are considered expendable. Everyone except part time employees are blanket categorized as salaried exempt to avoid paying overtime. Safety is an after thought, an OSHA inspection would close the doors.
    You will not get any reviews, raises or promotions unless you can write proposals. The token raise you might get, is still way below local market levels for similar type work.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, leave your ego at home and maybe they might stick around.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "bad leadership, no future."

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chamblee, GA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Chamblee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Never try to work on this company.

    Cons

    same as above. this company will be closed soon

    Advice to Management

    close the company earlier.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "great potential, poor follow through"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chamblee, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chamblee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The management puts a lot of faith in its employees to get things done. This is great if you enjoy an mostly (95%) hands-off management style. Recent grads will find a lot of knowledge from senior personnel and also a lot of resources to try things out. They have a lot of physical infrastructure for building, designing, testing your own ideas. Decent change as a jumping point to other positions outside the company.

    Cons

    That reaming 5% is very micro-managing. The corporate culture is almost entirely "omega" type personalities surrounded by an "alpha" type CEO. The employee turn-over is abysmal, averaging one person every 2-3 months (in a company w/ < 30 employees).

    The knowledge-transfer to new hires is also quite bad. We spent a lot of time re-inventing the wheel each new project because there were no long-term employees who knew that we'd done something similar 5 years ago. I once found a notebook in some random un-used desk with notes detailing the exact same problem I was working on at the time. I never would have found it if I hadn't gone snooping. There is really no chance for advancement *within* the company.

    Advice to Management

    Your value is not in the patents you hold, but in the skill of your employees to implement those patents. Respect their knowledge and preserve it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to start for college grads, but you'll have to deal with silly company politics"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Norcross, GA
    Former Intern - Intern in Norcross, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at nGimat as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Lots of learning opportunities
    High tech facilities, interesting research
    Flexible culture

    Cons

    Overbearing CEO, very difficult to work for and very much a micromanager
    Less than enticing treatment of employees (hard to get a raise, lack of appreciation for work)
    Employees are urged to work 45 hours per week with little incentive
    Unclear how the company is doing financially

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect and appreciation