Kiva Systems

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Kiva Work Environment Going Downhill

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

I worked at Kiva Systems

Pros

Kiva has cool orange robots that provide a great conversation starter with your friends and family, and the people are very nice if you're a lower-level employee and rarely interact with anyone at or above a "director" level.

Cons

Kiva Management needs a lot of improvement. They have a tendency to overload employees with work. When things slip, there have been several instances when very hard-working people have been reprimanded.

Kiva publicly praises its employees with "uRock" awards. These awards appear to be given to employees who work long hours to fix something that should have never been broken or managed to complete a project that was far from being resourced properly.

On more than one occasion, they have made employees responsible for projects with no resources, and have then placed the employee on probation when their project doesn't move forward. The culture is that you must compete with your peers over the same scarce resources if you want to win.

Last, senior management has difficulty receiving bad news.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Kiva, watch out. You're about to lose your best people as the economy gets better. Most people have one foot already out the door. And get your head out of the sand. You need to welcome bad news, not berate people when they don't do a good enough job "positioning" news you don't want to hear.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

41 Other Employee Reviews for Kiva Systems (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Unique, Challenging Work

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA

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

    Pros

    Kiva is changing the way Internet retail works, not in the web page, but in the huge warehousing and distribution system that gets products to customers on time. We are fielding the largest swarms of mobile robots in the world. There are incredibly sharp technical people working here, and I continue to learn from the old-timers and from newer employees coming in. Love the people at the top and in the trenches.

    Cons

    Less love for the managers in the middle. After the acquisition by Amazon there was some fearful behavior and turnover, but that seems to have largely settled out for now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Technical Product Manager in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Kiva Systems full-time

    Pros

    It has a great work environment.

    Cons

    It has limited career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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