Boston-Power

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Boston-Power Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at Boston-Power as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment.
    EV industry in China so employee can get many opportunities to travel to China

    Cons

    Making progress a little bit slow due to its research and lab workloads.
    Not a very mature company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people and culture with major changes since original founding team left

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    Former Employee - Contract Employee in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Contract Employee in Westborough, MA

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

    Pros

    Smart 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the business back to benefit the US market and labor force
    Seek support from US Government

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you like change, work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA

    I worked at Boston-Power

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disconnected Senior Management ruined the company

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    Current Employee - Survivor in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Survivor in Westborough, MA

    I have been working at Boston-Power

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Endless 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

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

    Feels like a sinking ship

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Westborough, MA

    I worked at Boston-Power

    Pros

    My 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

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Too 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

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Most fun and rewarding

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston-Power

    Pros

    I 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!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work - and keep us in the loop... we are growing a global company.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not what it seems from the outside

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston-Power

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a strategy and stick to it.

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

    This place is going down in a hurry !!!

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    Current Employee - IT Doesn't Matter
    Current Employee - IT Doesn't Matter

    I have been working at Boston-Power

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Obsolete 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 ManagementAdvice

    Well 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Boston-Power

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston-Power

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Support 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Product Quality is still an open item

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Boston-Power

    Pros

    some very talented staff who can be helpful at times

    Cons

    sluggish environment for a startup

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less PR and more focus on quality

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