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3D Systems Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
50 Reviews
2.5
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3D Systems President, CEO, and Director Abe Reichental
Abe Reichental
38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • He's saying all the right things about work/life balance, entrepreneurship, teamwork, etc (in 6 reviews)

  • Working with the new, cool technology as many of the reviews state (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Also there is an everyday changing schedule that makes a work/life balance nearly impossible (in 4 reviews)

  • Poor compensation package and dismal performance by upper management (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hectic, but rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3D Systems

    Pros

    The technology is up and coming, making it a unique industry to be in. 3DS leads in the US market. On the whole, employees at all levels are able to take on responsibility during projects and pitch ideas for the future. The environment is also very collaborative and open.

    Cons

    There's a bit of a preachy feeling regarding how awesome 3D printing is and what it can do for the world. Also, frequent growth by aquisition makes management more poorly structured than it could be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    good experience, fair wage, (decent programmers)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Director B U S Projects-short in Remote, OR
    Current Contractor - Director B U S Projects-short in Remote, OR

    I have been working at 3D Systems as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    they give you good wages for the work but the competition with others is challenging. people like the industry because of news stories about dog legs and baby limbs.

    Cons

    not many, just be ready to compete with certain types of programmers that are just as qualified but much much cheaper for the company. difficult to compete. they don't have a central phone system. might as well just be using cell phones. the "receptionist" is a stay at home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop trying to force outside software into the company and let us improve our own real crm. sales force is dumb for this business. realize we need 'from scratch' software, and make sure it's secured! also, we need more help from the directors of special projects. they have titles and responsibilities but no actual power to affect change.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at 3D Systems

    Pros

    cool technology. lead company in the industry

    Cons

    work under too much pressure, which should not be applied by some project managers. pay lower than other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Needs serious reform

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great market sector to be in at the moment. Internal reorganization is in progress.

    Cons

    Currently very disorganized. Communication between departments lacking. Company not investing in current employees or assets, but instead on an endless acquisition spree. Salaries not competitive. Continual exodus of top talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in what you have or you will keep losing your best employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Over worked, under paid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist
    Current Employee - Product Specialist

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depending on your job, the hours have a little flexibility. The things you work with can be exciting and new.

    Cons

    Does not seem to have much room for growth. The company is micromanaged so hard work does not always pay off since the person approving your raise has no idea what you actually do. The turnover rate is extremely high but the new hires are hard to come by leaving the other employees with the work. We hire temps that do not possess the highly technical skills needed for certain jobs leaving even more work for the other full time employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tons of potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    3DS is literally on the cutting edge of technology and everybody here seems to be working really hard to stay there. I also work hard but love what I'm doing. It's really the opportunity of a lifetime. I feel like I am trusted and encouraged to take risks and get to work with a lot of different people across the organization on many of the exciting things going on.

    Cons

    The pace of our growth can be challenging, there's a lot of work and it comes at an incredibly fast pace. But the opportunities that come from that are endless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improvements still needed in organization and infrastructure. Need to align entire company around a single strategy, especially with all the new acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Liking life in the fast lane

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Manager in Rock Hill, SC

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

    Pros

    Excited to be part of an amazing company in a transformative industry. Employees given a lot of responsibility and flexibility. Great teammates. Good benefits. The long distance runners are rewarded. Like the casual and dog-friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Be prepared .. things move fast and people are committed and work hard. This is not a 9 to 5 job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to do better with internal communications. Should organize more fun activities on site.

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

    The recent positive reviews are corporate plants.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart and good people working on fascinating technology. Good sense of camaraderie among the employees.

    Cons

    Bad management at mid to senior level, shoddy products due to terrible decision making and deadlines, engineering support spread too thin due to the company's unwillingness to hire replacements after fleeing talent. Whenever a promising manager is hired there is a short period where he or she talks about change. Then they are fully indoctrinated into the company, given the kool-aid, and positive change is suddenly less important than towing the company line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, there's not much management can do due to our CEO's micromanaging the company with a ruthless and iron fist. Company culture is at an all time low. Spend less time hiring celebrity spokespeople and writing laughably bad, corporate-jingo laden company newsletters and focus more on quality and providing the tools your teams need to be effective. Stop selling and shipping products you know are broken. Clean house of destructive managers rather than trying to reshuffle them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Celebrity With A Drug Habit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great health insurance. fast paced interesting work with interesting people.

    Cons

    Empty promises, Machiavellian/sloppy management, nepotism, no real plan except be everything all at once. Incredibly high turn over rate. Some people at the company are just plain weird (which could be good or bad for you depending).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seems like problems come from the top on down. Convince Abe to slow down and tighten up operations a bit.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have been an Engineer at 3D Systems for four years, loving every minute of it.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Materials Engineer
    Current Employee - Materials Engineer

    I have been working at 3D Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Exciting products
    - Global leader in it's industry
    - Pays well
    - Employees treated with high degree of respect, given a lot of freedom

    Cons

    - Can be overly collaborative at times
    - Work-life balance is sometimes tough, but that is true of most engineering positions at a firm in such a cutting edge industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people based on leadership skills rather than other factors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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