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Makerbot Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 August 2014
38 Reviews

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    Innovative 3D printing company.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern  in  Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, executives are very approachable, and the company fosters new ideas.

    Cons

    Still going through some growing pains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    great up and coming company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    While working for Makerbot there was a lot of changes occurring as the company was in the middle of expansion. Through out the whole experience management try their best to keep it's employees happy and communicating the changes as they happen

    Cons

    Due to it being a relatively new company, it has it's growing pains. Things like change quickly, but it's to be expected.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrific experience if you want to lead, be challenged & be empowered.

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

    Pros

    Love the people. Focused, creative, hard working, collaborative. Know how to get things done in 'MakerBot Time'. You achieve in 1 week, what would normally take a month. Surprisingly, work/life balance, is balanced. 3D printing permeates the culture. Humbled by how customers unleash creativity with MakerBot's 3D ecosystem.

    Cons

    As with any (5 year old) start-up, it has its share of growing pains. Now, as part of a publicly traded company, there is a lot more attention to the #s. That's not bad, just means that pet projects don't happen. Real focus on goals and real impact. There's been an exodus of staff who may not like being 'accountable'. This also isn't bad, as new talent is focused on making a measurable difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't suddenly let the #s drive everything.
    It's about delighting & amazing customers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful people, terrible senior management

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

    Pros

    Some of the most amazing people you will ever work with. I was constantly astounded by the company's ability to find the smartest, most creative and awe-inspiring individuals to work for them. Used to be a great place to work a few years ago, but no longer resembles the promising company it once was.

    Cons

    Soul-sucking work, terrible senior management who are pushing the company into ruin. CEO acts like a literal child. Company won't hire enough people for the amount of work that they themselves created by release a sub-par product, and as a result. Terribly unorganized. Employees are extremely underpaid, overworked and undervalued. Management seems to think a "rewards" program will bandage it's inability to pay people a liveable wage. Plastic stars don't pay rent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management- Take your money and LEAVE - you are destroying the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much, too quick

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - 3D printing is great to have on the resume.
    - For the most part, enthusiastic and intelligent coworkers.
    - Tons of Replicators to print with.

    Cons

    I joined MakerBot for the same reasons I'm sure most people started there, to be part of an innovative company on the verge of bringing 3D printing to the masses. It's cool technology and they're not incorrect in saying that it will change the world, but not yet and probably not through us.

    In a nutshell, MakerBot lacks the ability to create products that deliver on the expectations they're setting. That's not to say they don't have some talented R&D/engineering folks but the technology as a whole hasn't justified the "MakerBot in every home" agenda that is constantly being pushed. Unfortunately MakerBot has become a revenue-centric company, focused more on selling a buzz word than understanding the end user. The result has been products rushed to the market and, ultimately, a lot of disappointed customers.

    This strategy has left a lot of (underpaid) employees run ragged, forced to deliver on unrealistic targets set by leadership. It's a sad state of affairs. If you're joining MakerBot, get your experience and go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself, what problems are our products (currently) solving? Understand how and why are our customers 3D printing and develop a strategy to empower those users. Focus on what 3D printing does today and don't sell based on the technology's potential. Selling to your base may not be as sexy as a "MakerBot in every home" but it will allow the company to focus on products that empower those users and in the end push 3D printing forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 10 people found this helpful  

    Definitely think twice.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You quickly learn how to survive in New York on half your previous job's salary.

    That said, you'll gain an amazing support network of people to collaborate on finding new jobs with.

    Cons

    Things you won't find here: clear vision, inspiring leaders, a career path, pride in your work.

    You WILL, however, get the worst of both start-up and corporate cultures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After bungling responses to legitimate complaints about incompetent bosses, borderline illegal accounting practices, and sexual harassment, by retaliating against those who speak up, I suppose you can't really go any lower?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Absent New Leadership, No Hope For MakerBot

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

    Pros

    3D printing is an important technology and you get to be part of it all.

    You'll work with some of the finest people you'll ever meet. So many people at MakerBot are unhappy because of their jobs, so you will quickly obtain good drinking buddies.

    The widespread unhappiness will reassure you that you're not the problem.

    Free fruit?

    Cons

    What reason do you have for joining a company? To further your career? To work on making and selling great products? To pull down a decent paycheck? To work in a fun, open environment with great perks? MakerBot fails on every one of these points.

    -Unless you have a personal connection to someone in a leadership position, there is no career path for you here. Few employees are truly empowered to make a difference, most are hamstrung by leadership. It’s likely that you won’t be with the company long enough to see a pay increase, let alone get a major promotion.

    -Well meaning engineers are limited by poor product planning and are forced to make compromises in quality so that MakerBot can make a few more bucks per unit sold. Marketing is forced to outright deceive customers, completely divorcing themselves from reality in order to sell a few more units or generate a few more leads. Salespeople are not allowed to use the products they sell, because they wouldn’t be able to make a sales pitch with confidence if they saw how poorly they functioned. Support staff is overworked and morale is low because customers are sold products that are known to fail at rates higher than any sane company would allow.

    -Salaries across the board have always been insultingly low, even after the merger. If you work in the corporate office, grab a free banana and enjoy the view. It’s the only perk you’ll receive. If you work in the factory, put that banana down and get back to work.

    Decisions made by leadership for the past year have been obsessively focused on making short-term gains in order to meet sales goals related to performance-based earn-out bonuses, the vast majority of which would go to them. As it turns out, when you rush three products to market before they are ready, people tend to return them and demand their money back!

    That's the kind of poor, reckless leadership you’ll experience at MakerBot, and it trickles down to every department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees: When MakerBot succeeds, do you see any of the reward? When MakerBot fails, will anyone be advocating for you? You can be your own advocate, right now, and seek new employment.

    MakerBot: You are a large, publicly traded company. Start acting like one, and stop blaming every problem on "growing pains."

    Stratasys: You’ve acquired a toxic asset. MakerBot is completely disorganized and lacks the leadership to develop, produce, and market a product that is up to your standard of quality. Send a strong message to your shareholders that you take your $600m investment seriously. Remove the President and CEO immediately so they can’t do any further damage, then work your way down the org chart. Scrutinize every VP, Director, and Manager, review every policy, audit every process. Make the organizational changes necessary to bring accountability and professionalism to MakerBot.

    Please save this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    idiots running the asylum

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Reasons to work here? You're just out of school with a fresh computer science degree, looking for an entry-level job at an entry-level salary.

    Cons

    Not the place to be if you're an experienced professional or mid-career, looking for a job or a living wage. The place is swarming with kids just out of school or on their first "real" job, given the run of the place by an inept management that cowers to their infantile whim. There is no organization, and the place is a mess.

    The company itself, even with its specialized technology, basically operates like a fledgling startup well past its 'prime' and on brink of collapse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Talented people, doing cool work, but underappreciated and overworked employees.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    Pros

    Making 3D printers is fun and challenging. Most people are nice and willing to help. Fast paced environment where things are always changing.

    Cons

    Overall, a disorganized company. Company values being cheap and underpaying employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    always exciting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth, some of the most amazing people to work with, 3D printing is super cool

    Cons

    rollercoaster internally, spend a lot of time working including after hours and work travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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