Kiva Systems

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Kiva Work Environment Going Downhill

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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

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

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  1.  

    best experience ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiva Systems

    Pros

    good management; smart people; good food provided; excellent work culture; future looking applications

    Cons

    the life work balance can be made better; compensation can be increased upto industry standard

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart, good people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Senior Recruiter in North Reading, MA
    Current Contractor - Senior Recruiter in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Kiva Systems as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are open, welcoming and fun. The atmosphere is team-oriented and the office induces happiness and energy.

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for your support!

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