3D Systems

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4 people found this helpful  

Great entry level experience, NO opportunities for advancement

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

I have been working at 3D Systems as a contractor (more than an year)

Pros

Talented, smart executive management

Growing and innovative industry

Company is global and is growing at a fast rate

Excellent work-life balance

Great place to be if you're a sales manager or project manager or already in good with the management team that remains/is brought in after acquisitions

Definitely feel like you're a part of something big that is making a difference in the way the world does business.

Great place to get in on the ground and get your feet wet.

Cons

Growth is by swallowing up new companies at the speed of light.

Despite the money for all these acquisitions, you are underpaid.

Not enough (and by that, I mean after the beginning acquisition period, not any) face time with people with the power to promote you.

Therefore, management tends to promote who they already knew pre-acquisition and you are sidelined, marginalized, or outright let go.

Extremely easy to fade into obscurity or be placed in a computerized box where attempts to innovate and be proactive are shut down because they are too busy trying to make bigger post-acquisition(ssss) glitches smooth out to give your ideas due space and consideration.

Bad place to be if you want to grow your career past the stage at which you entered the company and are not in the 3 or 4 categories I listed under the "great place to be" pro item.

You can get in, but you can't get what you need to get past go and develop a career, they kind of dumb you down into just a job.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take the time to develop entry level talent who has shown dedication and willingness to go the extra mile for the company. Take the time to breathe in between acquisitions and let the dust settle so you can see what you got before you run to get more! Take the time to give raises, promotions, CHANCES at raises and promotions! Answer emails. Answer voicemails. Answer them before an issue goes from a pressing question to a bonfire that has reached the customer's attention and pissed them off. Don't micromanage and then not even read the deliverables until something that went unaddressed (because of lack of response to emails, voicemails, etc.) goes horribly wrong in a ripple effect across teams and departments. <<<probably would not happen if the company took a half a moment to inhale in between acquisitions. And, give more opportunities to cross-train with other departments.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    I can't imagine a worse management team

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

    I have been working at 3D Systems

    Pros

    Interesting industry, visionary strategy by the CEO, you get to use 3d printers whenever you want... Don't really have to do any work...

    Cons

    Worst execution I have ever seen In a company... Horrible morale across the company, nobody trusts anyone, everyone overworked so they can't help you, horrible quality products, the list could go on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a level of managers below Abe that is fully empowered to manage their part of the business. Don't try to control everything from the top - put a good team in place and coach and support them...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Growing through acquisition at the expense of core knowledge

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

    I worked at 3D Systems

    Pros

    You get to work with interesting technology and smart people. Their products have the potential to change a lot of industries.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't respect the workers. Record profits, meager raises. Laying off key workers during acquisition so the books look good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking so short term, take real time to plan, trust your employees want to the right thing and stop handicapping them with ridiculous schedules and tight budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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