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30+ days ago

Senior Electrical Engineer – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated senior electrical engineer to work on system design, implementation and release to manufacturing. The ideal… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Application Security Architect – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

We are looking for expert Application Security Architect to ensure that systems are designed and implemented to the highest security standards. If… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Integration Project Managers – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

Kiva is seeking talented and motivated Technical Program Managers. The Technical Program Manager will be embedded in the Global Technical Operations… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Embedded System Engineer - Robotics – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated embedded system engineer to work on system design, implementation and deployment of embedded applications… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Product IT Systems Engineer – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

The Kiva Product IT team designs, configures and maintains the fault-tolerant and scalable servers, PCs and network infrastructure that Kiva's… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Senior Embedded Systems Engineer – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated senior embedded software engineer to work on system design, implementation and deployment of embedded… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Software Engineer, Product IT – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

The Advanced Programs Team is a small multidisciplinary team working on new systems to advance the state of the art of Amazon fulfillment centers… Kiva Systems


8 days ago

Senior Technical Writer – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

For our growing Technical Publications team, Kiva is seeking an experienced level II Technical Writer. The ideal candidate possesses excellent skills… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Software Development Manager - Movement – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA

Due to explosive growth, Kiva is seeking a talented and motivated Software Development Manager for a newly created position on Movement Software… Kiva Systems


30+ days ago

Software Engineer Robotic Platform Services – easy apply

Kiva Systems North Reading, MA +2 locations

For our fast growing engineering team, Kiva Systems is seeking a talented, motivated and hands-on software development engineer to work on novel… Kiva Systems


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    Straight downhill post-acquisition

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    Former Employee - Manager in North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Manager in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Kiva Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are still some good people at Kiva, but many have left. Compensation is very competitive, but be warned that Amazon makes heavy use of stock bonuses as part of the compensation package, which don't vest until a year after your bonus. This makes it very difficult to justify leaving should you decide the company is not for you.

    Cons

    This is a really tough place to work.

    Stress levels are through the roof, and aggressive and ever-changing deadlines and goals are pushed all the way through the organizational chain. The culture in many departments is such that very long hours are expected. Middle management is poor, but this is a consequence of the acquisition environment: (a) Amazon sets very aggressive goals which change frequently, (b) Kiva upper management, which contains many long-time "key employees", are essentially required to stay at Kiva for several years to cash in on stock / bonuses and likely required to meet certain business targets that Amazon demands, and (c) as a consequence, management has no choice but to push aggressive and unrealistic targets are pushed down the chain. A lot of unhappiness all around.

    Middle management sees no flexibility from upper management, and is forced to push a very large burden on employees at the bottom of the chain. Managers are conditioned by upper management to "spin" any critical feedback or negative news in a positive way during any meetings that include Amazon. If it isn't a "good story", then it it shouldn't be communicated. Several upper managers look terrified and act frantically when certain key Amazon deadlines appear at risk. This creates a culture that is very high paced, requires long hours, is stressful, yet is often successful at achieving short term goals. However, long term goals suffer, and employees leave in flocks.

    Another huge problem is retention: There are far too few employees for the tasks at hand. The turnover rate has been off the charts post-acquisition. This only compounds the problems above, and creates a downward spiral that is difficult to reverse.

    This used to be a five star company. Don't be fooled: it isn't anymore. As a final note: be advised that most of the five star reviews in 2014 occurred in a time frame when Kiva was initiating a major hiring push. Most of these reviews were from key managers and employees, and probably not representative of the types of jobs you'll be applying for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Allow your middle managers to "have backbone: disagree and commit" (one of Amazon's core values). And listen to what they say.
    2. Think critically about why your employees are leaving in flocks.
    3. Figure out where you want the company to be in five years. Are you on the right trick to get there?
    4. Take a lesson from Amazon's CEO: invest for the long term and stop being so obsessed about short term deadlines.

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