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Kiva Work Environment Going Downhill

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

ProsKiva 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.

ConsKiva 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 Senior ManagementKiva, 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work hard. Have fun. Make history.

    Manager (Current Employee) North Reading, MA

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


    Pros: "Work hard. Have Fun. Make history." is an Amazon tag line, but it definitely rings true at Kiva. It’s not often that you get a chance… Cons: Pace of development and frequency of software releases can be… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    The place to grow your career

    Program Manager (Current Employee) North Reading, MA

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


    Pros: - career advancement if you put in the effort and contribute - smart and friendly coworkers - unique product with immense potential - deploy Amazon warehouses… Cons: - long hours but worth the hard work - less control in company direction since Amazon purchase, but it will not impact your career direction and… Advice to Senior Management: Keep up the good work of relating and connecting with the rest of… – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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