Makerbot Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Jonathan Jaglom
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Pros
  • 3D printing is great to have on the resume (in 11 reviews)

  • Making 3D printers is fun and challenging (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Still going through some growing pains (in 6 reviews)

  • But to serve the completely clueless and ignorant upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great ideas, zero execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -3D printing. It rocks, it's a cool product, and it's fun to work in a tech field that's getting a lot of attention
    -unlimited access to this tech, including the full line of 3D printers. Very easy to use and zero roadblock to access
    -For the most part, the people who work in Marketing are all VERY smart and VERY creative with great ideas

    Cons

    -Almost zero execution on any of these ideas. All good ideas are sidelines for wahtever upper management wants AT THAT MOMENT. Zero foresight in this regard
    -Upper management. No one cares if you have anything to say, everyone is being pressured by everyone else, and it's starting to resemble and Israeli good old boys club and not an American tech scene. Who cares about the company being in brooklyn if everything is run from Israel?
    -crap product that's still going through a lot of growing pains. Makes it hard to stand behind the product when it's not very reliable
    -Yes the employees are smart but they are SO WEIRD AND AKWARD it makes getting through the day very hard
    -pay is atrocious and they know and have accepted this and decided to not care

    Advice to Management

    Jesus give someone a decent raise. no one wants to work for a company that gives no sign of giving anyone decent pay.


  2. Helpful (1)

    great tech...poor leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot

    Pros

    smart, caring colleagues (at coordinator, associate, and management levels), although certain departments are better than others

    Cons

    very poor leadership (couldn't stress this one enough)
    low moral among colleagues after many rounds of layoffs


  3. Helpful (3)

    Right direction, wrong culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pros I can mention can only be attributed to one supervisor. Overall I can't think of many pros.

    Cons

    The complete isolation of the departments creates an 'us vs them' climate. Cooperation among supervisors seems forced and conflicted rather than free and open idea sharing.

    The equipment this company sells rarely meets, much less exceeds the expectations of the consumer. They're basically using paying customers as guinea pigs.

    Advice to Management

    Read Pat Croce's 'I Feel Great And You Will Too' and apply his customer service points to interdepartmental communication and interaction.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Learn what you can then leave

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot about 3D printing
    Smart Co-workers
    Great job opportunities when you leave
    Free access to 3D printers

    Cons

    Horrible decisions from management
    Pay is way below average
    Products are rushed out the door
    Advancement is based on your who your family/friends are

    Advice to Management

    Too late for advice. Your demise is already at hand.


  6. Helpful (10)

    Amazing coworkers, horrible management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Designer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Contractor - Designer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented and smart people, amazing work space, benefits are okay. The greatest aspect of this job is really the relationships you come away with from working there.

    Cons

    You're expected to work 10 hour days, work most federal holidays and everything is completely disorganized. The money compensation is terrible. Instead of paying people more money when they work hard for years of service they just promote them to new roles with promises of pay raise.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of working employees harder, I would hire more people to spread out the projects. There is now enough money to do that after the merger. I would also consider cutting back works hours to more reasonable times.


  7. Helpful (17)

    Soul Crushing and Toxic

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a ton about start up to corporate culture, about high volume work and dealing with truncated and ever-changing timelines. Made amazing connections. Also wouldn't trade all the pain and toxicity for how much I learned about the technology, and what it takes (and doesn't) to produce and support a mainstream tech product.

    Cons

    Terrible culture of fear, back stabbing and under-the-bus fly bys.
    Management was inconsistent, leaving a hard working population oft directionless, or direction-wrong.
    Lack of responsibility given and taken by management.
    Terrible pay, and little incentive in the way of raises.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up? Look around you? Is your staff happy?
    Are they really as productive as they could be?


  8. Helpful (14)

    Too much, too quick

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (18)

    Wonderful people, terrible senior management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (12)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Designer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Designer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Contractor - Designer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to a lot of food options for lunch. The view out of the building was good, but made me realize I could be somewhere else.

    Cons

    Completely disorganized. Unoriginal marketing tactics (very cheesy). Not very integrated or understanding of each other's capabilities. Attempts to create a company culture but turns out being plain creepy.

    Advice to Management

    In the design department: quick and educated design decisions need to be made instead of staring at something for 30 minutes only to not be able to decide what looks better.



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