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13 people found this helpful  

OK, but getting worse

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Current Employee - Maker in Brooklyn, NY (US)
Current Employee - Maker in Brooklyn, NY (US)

I have been working at Makerbot full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Talented people at the lower levels. A great product when management doesn't mess it up. Good attempts to promote people internally. People love the products they create. Sales folks are brilliant, and engineering is pretty amazing. If you can avoid management it is an OK place to work.

Cons

Management demands 110% dedication for 60% pay. Chinzy benefits with almost no stock options, Cheap healthcare, no 401(k) and very little time off. Often a 'you are lucky to have a job here' attitude shows by management.

Many people have left in the last 3 months. It's impossible to tell which of them quit, and which of them were fired. People disappear from their jobs on some Fridays never to return.

CEO is nice way over his head. Upper management expects perfection from employees, but are foolish and panicky themselves. Key decisions are made without knowing the facts, and employees clean up the mess later. Many bad decisions are made because of paranoia or secrecy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire a real CEO. Focus on internal management rather than trying to look good.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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  1. 17 people found this helpful  

    CEO & management are paranoid and incapable

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very cool product. A lot of very smart and effective employees.

    Cons

    Really bad management. They simply do not communicate their intent. If and when employees finally hear what's going on, it's usually only to discover a fresh batch of poor decisions.

    The "wow" factor of the product is the only thing keeping people here, and hence the only thing keeping the company alive. A lot of other companies are appearing in this space though. MakerBot's advantage will disappear quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the smart people you've hired.

    And help the CEO to understand how bad at his job he is -- there's always a chance he can learn.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 18 people found this helpful  

    Amazing potential...going down the drain.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is great -- when you'd not being blindsided by incompetent, reactive calls from the top.

    First off, the company basically created the market for 3d printers aimed at consumers. They were the first to offer a 3d printer priced within reach of average people; now there's a thriving market segment which does just that. Starting a whole new market (ok, segment of a market) sets some really high expectations, and is quite exciting.

    Second, MakerBot's staff were (and the ones that remain still are) without exception the best team I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The average worker there is exceptional -- if not totally brilliant, then tenacious, driven, and quality-minded. This applies to both the original team and the more experienced crew who succeeded them after the first round of people were pushed out.

    Getting things done there was also a pleasure -- most processes are lean, and there's not too much bureaucracy, at least compared to a large company. People were amazingly positive for the most part. At times, this was certainly the best job of my career. People liked to have fun when they weren't working hard...and often when they were.

    Cons

    The downsides, unfortunately, have come to outweigh the positives. Top management, especially the CEO, are in a desperate, reactive mode that threatens to destroy the company.

    The worst thing is their attitude towards employees. A lot of MakerBot's previous job postings would append "-bot" to the end of the job title to be cutesy. Unfortunately, this seems to belie their understanding of employees -- it's as if they think that people should actually be treated as robots. That is: paid very little, replaced without much thought, and never listened to. It's as if they really don't understand that a company _is_ its employees -- especially a company with a team as amazing as the one at MakerBot.

    MakerBot has had a very high turnover, which is absolutely unnecessary considering how great much of the experience is. Someone else here has used the term "toxic" to describe the work environment -- that is, unfortunately, the exact word for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and community. Rein in the Founder/CEO before he destroys everything; he's in way over his head.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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