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Great company, great people, but intense and stressful at times!

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Former Employee - Program Manager  in  North Reading, MA
Former Employee - Program Manager in North Reading, MA

I worked at Kiva Systems full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

Great people and atmosphere, exciting growing company, opportunities for advancement

Cons

The company is growing quickly, so for those accustomed to large-company / stable processes, Kiva will seem extremely dynamic and at times unmanageable. Adaptability and flexibility are key, and one must be able to take things as they are, work with it, and by willing to change and improve processes along the way.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

See a psychiatrist; managing such a dynamic company and maintaining a balanced life must be nearly impossible.

Lastly, set only a few goals each year and only a few new products / features. Focus ONLY on those goals. Do not overcommit.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Kiva - Poor Job Definition and Poor Employee Treatment

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

    I have been working at Kiva Systems full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great location and close to the highway. It's better than being unemployed, but not much better. Free cereal and soda......big deal.

    Cons

    Far too many managers, not enough workers. Workers, especially contractors that I know, are treated like crap. Job descriptions are vague, and changed on a whim. Training is virtually non-existent. You figure things out for yourself. Communication between management and employees is poor. Systems are inadequate and middle-level management is very egotistical. There are lots of good hard-working people there, both contract and permanent, who will leave skid marks behind when the economy gets better. They will get the hell out of there in droves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and contractors, and treat them with dignity, not like the parts in one of the robots you make. These are people who chose to work there. Treat them ethically, clarify your expectations and stop forcing people to work 10-11 hours days due to the workload.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    This is how unions get born...

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Assembler in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Kiva Systems as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good product idea with poor follow-through.

    Cons

    Recently talked to a former employee who said the place was like a sweatshop.Working as an assembler, he was once challenged by his supervisor for attempting to take a bathroom break. If supervisors are that anal and controlling at Kiva perhaps they should seek employment as bosses in Bangladesh where they can really de-humanize the workers. Berating underpaid workers and loading them down with onerous rules and regulations is a sure sign of management insensitivity/incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees (I mean the lowest paid ones - not engineers) are not "things" to be used up like so many band-aids to cover up sloppy/lazy engineering and management mistakes. They are not cogs in a wheel that can be snapped or splintered with impunity. They pay rent, have families, live in sub-standard housing, drive beat-up cars and somehow manage to get by on the paltry wages you bestow upon them. Advice? Treat them like the adults they are, not chattel. You may glory in your own business acumen, but ultimately, you're only selling big widgets. Your work force knows that too and if push comes to shove, they'll jump ship in a minute. Treat them much, much better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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