3D Systems Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
24 Reviews

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3D Systems President, CEO, and Director Abe Reichental
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  1.  

    Meh, it's just a job. Not a career. Avoid 3ds if you have options.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3D Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Technology was interesting for the first few months. People are impressed when you say that "you work for a 3D printing company".

    Many of the people that I endured my employment with were good, hardworking people and we bonded through shared misery.

    Cons

    ALOT:

    Work life balance is very poor (60-70 hr weeks months on end). Inflexible scheduling. Management expectations are very high relative to salaries.

    VERY low employee morale. Almost everyone is fairly miserable. Most are miserable for good reasons (see above). It's really hard to get what you need when the only person that can help you is overworked and totally demoralized. Attempts to improve morale amount to nothing but lip service and are REALLY cheesy.

    NO 401K MATCH (C'mon from a fortune 500 company?)

    NO TRAINING, NO OPPORTUNITIES TO ADVANCE, NO LATERAL MOVES TO CROSS TRAIN. My career really just stagnated. This plus the hours is why I decided to pack it up. I'll work hard for long hours, but not if it isn't moving me forward to better and better jobs.

    Very little structure or direction for employees.

    Everyday I came to work was like going into a warzone. I had no idea when or if I was leaving and it was just complete disorganization. My spouse knows when I'm thinking about my time at 3ds because I get that thousand mile stare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Fire whoever is posting the shill reviews on Glassdoor. It's really obvious when the only positive reviews are posted on consecutive days.

    2. Invest in your people. You can buy someone's time and labor, but if you want their passion and creativity, you've got to EARN it. Or just keep churning through employees which seems to have worked thus far.

    3. Focus on product performance.

    4. Empower employees and foster internal innovation instead of just gobbling up smaller companies.

    5. Stop speaking to employees like you're a walking press release.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    High Tech. That's It.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3D Systems

    Pros

    There is a roof and running water.

    Cons

    - There are simply too many to list in a short manner. The best I can do is suggest that you ask yourself if you're willing to work at a (for the moment) cutting edge company in return for stalling your career. It is a brutal environment with little or no direction in many different areas. I have never been a part of or experienced a company with so much money and market potential combined with so little direction. How it plans to compete with the groups on it's heels is going to be interesting. I doubt I'll stick around to see it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management. It's very clear in what it wants. This message has been clearly passed down the chain of command.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Calling it quits soon.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Andover, MA

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many pros at all if any. I mean the idea of starting to work there was great until day 1 was over.

    Cons

    Slave hours, working mandatory 80+ hours a week
    Lack of management.
    A "hook-up" based company.
    Lack of communication amongst leads & supervisors.
    Tons of blame someone else before they admit their own fault.
    Un-safe work environment.

    Had to bring my own tools in sometimes just to make work a bit easier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, perhaps listen to some that been terminated. Keep a better eye on the line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    This place is turning into a puppy mill

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool technology, interesting clientele and industry sectors served.

    Cons

    Volatile work environment, management uses scare tactics, no training, direction is lack if any. It's a job, not a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on short term "scrambling" decision making. Define your goals and put structure in place to achieve them. Stop being afraid to speak up when something isn't working..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ready to move on after over 5 years...

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Sales in Morrisville, NC

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Honestly, not much here. No Stock purchase plan. Micro management at its finest.
    CEO doesnt allow managers to make decisions. Over 1000 employees and CEO has to approve travel reimbursement requests. quote from a very Senior Mgr. " 3D systems is not employee Centric"

    Cons

    Raise your sales goals and cut your pay at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to give employees incentives to succeed and and your stock will rise. Don't look at acquisitions and cutting pay, perks and benfits "as increasing profit". people will leave and new people will read Glassdoor and not apply to fill your open positions. Empower your managers to make decisions. if you cant trust them, then replace them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work for them or sale for them!

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Burlington, MA

    I worked at 3D Systems full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Technology
    That's about all I can think of.

    Cons

    Management
    Personal growth
    Moral
    Working hours
    General uncaring attitude by the company
    Treatment of dealers
    General business practices
    I worked for one of the companies that got swallowed up by 3D Systems. They took a great company with brilliant engineers and great talent then smashed it like Chris Farley talking about his sales pitch in Tommy Boy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn your ship around while you have a chance. You're not the only 3D Printer company out there!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hope for the best but prepare for the worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rock Hill, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Hill, SC

    I worked at 3D Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There is very little positive to say about the company as a whole. The best i could do is there technology is very interesting, and there is opportunity for a "foot in the door" type of role

    Cons

    Almost too many to list so here are the largest

    Horrendous management (from the top down)
    Incredibly long work hours and short deadlines
    zero advancement potential
    Complete lack of trust between, well anyone
    Political backstabbing
    Zero care or regard for employees (real care not simply oh we have a gym on site or this nice new building stuff)
    Almost no room for growth or training
    very low moral
    hostel work environment at times

    I have never worked at a business before that was as toxic as this one is. You may start with a positive outlook but in very short order you are looking for a way out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change pretty much everything. Stop all of the political BS and start focusing more on employee growth/satisfaction and smarter processes. The issues start from the top with the CEO and go down throughout the chain of management. Empower the mid and lower level managers to actually make decisions and offer some type of advancement/training opportunities to the employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst Company I've worked for, calling it quit soon

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    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Hemel Hempstead, England (UK)

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people, I am happy working with, they are all very committed and nice to work with

    Cons

    Everybody is unhappy.
    Everything is slow and old fashion, takes days to get approvals and everything has to be printed and filed. papers all over the place it's annoying especially as nowadays it is easy to store on share drives.
    Company keeps making profits but they are not looking after their employees. No benefits at all and they expect you to make crazy hours.
    Management doesn't care about employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    act like a modern company and look after you employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst Management Team I have ever got

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Goa (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Goa (India)

    I worked at 3D Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Seriously nothing, I can Say Technology is good but Management think they are the only Company, Management = Company, so at the end have to say worst Company.

    Cons

    Management think Management = Company in 3DSystem India, So Employees are treated like Slaves.
    No benefits to Employees, Indian Politician's are better then Management in 3DSystem India.
    Management seek their own Profit "only" and Employee can not Question them and if at all ask then you are blacklisted.....
    High level of Politics going on....
    Career path not clear, High level of Frustration among Employees .
    I would always tell anyone who ask me about Company Please don't join or else you all end up in mess and frustration....
    the list could go on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on your own Management First instead of acquiring companies. Please don't mislead Candidates who comes for Interview and also to Employees by giving them False Promises. Whatever Picture Management shows to Higher Management in US is only and only to their own benefits and not for Employee benefits. Do you communicate with your employees(Sincerely)? Have you sat down and created a plan for their growth within the company? Has that plan been implemented after sign-off? If a manager doesn’t take the time to know his employee and foster growth(and not just pretending), people will feel unappreciated and Frustrated. Do you know what unappreciated people do? They walk., and who ever are there working only for some or the other problem and not because of Company.
    Remember Employee do not leave Company but Management......

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    I can't imagine a worse management team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3D Systems

    Pros

    Interesting industry, visionary strategy by the CEO, you get to use 3d printers whenever you want... Don't really have to do any work...

    Cons

    Worst execution I have ever seen In a company... Horrible morale across the company, nobody trusts anyone, everyone overworked so they can't help you, horrible quality products, the list could go on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a level of managers below Abe that is fully empowered to manage their part of the business. Don't try to control everything from the top - put a good team in place and coach and support them...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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