Boston-Power
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www.boston-power.com Westborough, MA

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Boston-Power CEO Keith Schmid

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14% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great people and culture with major changes since original founding team left

Contract Employee (Former Employee)
Westborough, MA

I worked at Boston-Power as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsSmart people, interesting technology, fun place to work, great company culture thanks to original founding team. However things took a 180 degree turn when Chinese private equity bought out the company and rolled the founding team. The battery business is tough and gestation time for a new venture is long.

ConsLack in strategic direction and primary market: notebook power to mobile/automotive power to stationary power?
Manufacturing and marketing now targeting China exclusively.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring the business back to benefit the US market and labor force
Seek support from US Government

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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If you like change, work here

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Westborough, MA

I worked at Boston-Power

ProsGreat people, smart, supportive, care about each other
Products have great promise, competitive market, but they still have some unique appeal
Can make a difference here

ConsChange is rapid, not for the faint of heart
Many shifts in strategy
Needs a lot of time and money to succeed

Advice to Senior ManagementStay honest and keep people in the loop
Great people will stay if they have a voice in the company
Stick with one product strategy

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Disconnected Senior Management ruined the company

Survivor (Current Employee)
Westborough, MA

I have been working at Boston-Power

ProsSome very nice, caring people.
Besides this, there is no good reason to be here knowing that we are all losing our jobs.

ConsEndless meetings and no time to actually do work.
With no customers, lots of emphasis on making even the most mundane issue a huge deal that EVERYONE needs to get involved and chime in on which only hinders progress more.
Perception that there are customers that want our product...we have an enormous stockpile of cells that NOBODY WANTS.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook back and now know how NOT to run things.
Utterly disengaged from Day to Day dealings in the company.
You need to be honest and direct with the employees about what is going on and the strategy...getting your face in the paper or talking at conferences may stroke your ego but it doesnt help the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Feels like a sinking ship

Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)
Westborough, MA

I worked at Boston-Power

ProsMy boss was incredibly nice and understanding, and did a good job of shielding his employees from meetings. Without him I would have left way before I did.
I was paid very well
I was treated very well
Some people were very knowledgeable

ConsConstant meetings. The longer you are employed there - the more meetings you are forced to go to. I've never seen it this bad. I think my boss had about 30 seconds/day of non-meeting time
Many employees haven't gotten raises in years
Lots of red tape and levels of management to battle your way through if you want a change to be made
Purchasing system is really slow and silly (expect orders to take multiple days to get placed)
Lots of people there are just barely good enough at their jobs to not get fired - lots of incompetence
Some employees are abused to meet project goals, and then are not rewarded for it (I wasn't among those, but certainly witnessed it from afar)
Lots of unhappy employees - and I think management is pretty much unaware of this fact

Advice to Senior ManagementToo many managers, not enough engineers. Fix that.

Give raises.

Praising somebody in a meeting is *not* enough reward for somebody giving up lots of personal time for projects - try money/vacation time/promotion/etc if you want happy employees.

Get rid of inefficiencies - ie reduce meetings, speed up purchasing process, etc

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Most fun and rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston-Power

ProsI have deep respect for what this team has done and is doing.While I have probably never worked harder in my life, I can also say I have never learned as much in one company. The growth of the company allowed me to grow with it. This is a start-up which is making a difference globally.... and this makes me proud every day!

ConsA true start-up; not enough resources, process or time to achieve success, which must come through the team instead.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the work - and keep us in the loop... we are growing a global company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not what it seems from the outside

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston-Power

ProsHigh growth industry; lots of VC funding. Incredibly talented team.

ConsLittle to no delegation; most employees are under-utilized and could be doing so much more.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a strategy and stick to it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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This place is going down in a hurry !!!

IT Doesn't Matter (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston-Power

ProsGood benefits
Decent pay
Challenging work
3 weeks vacation for new employees
Friendly coworkers to a certain extent
Friendly management staff

ConsObsolete product technology. Competition is way ahead but everyone seems to be sleeping.
Incompetent management
Too many chiefs and not many indians
Management has crazy expectations about getting things done. Most of the management staff has no "real world" experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementWell the senior management staff needs to be changed. Its been 6 years since the company founding and it has not gone anywhere. We need new and competent management at the C and VP level.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Boston-Power

ProsYou can expect to have a broad range of responsibility and will have some outstanding experience to apply to future jobs.

Excellent benefits.

Great people that are motivated and enjoy being challenged.

A highly educated workforce.

This company will be huge and will make a difference in the world. If a person believes they have the ability to deal with the cons, they will have a very rewarding experience at Boston-Power.

ConsThere have been no bonuses or raises in 2 years.

Compensation and positions are often well below previous experience. Directors that were VPs and had earned much more than they do if working for Boston-Power.

Stress levels that are not advisable for anyone of moderate to poor health.

Advice to Senior ManagementSupport roles are required for senior personnel to help Boston-Power reach the full potential of the position and therefore the company overall. Thus far the company is extremely top heavy with a lot of 30,000 foot view knowledge and little understanding of what the details are and how to get them completed.

Furthermore, Boston-Power has neglected to fairly determine what is appropriate compensation for people that work well beyond a 40 hour week. Often 60-70 hours is expected and not rewarded if the role is not revenue generating, Those in revenue generating positions do not fair much better.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Product Quality is still an open item

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Boston-Power

Prossome very talented staff who can be helpful at times

Conssluggish environment for a startup

Advice to Senior Managementless PR and more focus on quality

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