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Makerbot: An interesting product but an unhealthy environnment to be in!!!

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Current Employee - Productor  in  Brooklyn, NY
Current Employee - Productor in Brooklyn, NY

I have been working at Makerbot full-time for more than a year

Pros

The product is interesting and the company could have a great potential if it was managed properly!

Cons

Really, really poor management consequently, the whole production employees are the ones who carry the burden. No consistency in the hours either: you would find yourself doing overtime for weeks because of mismanagement.
There is new hiring everything 3 months because of people quitting:

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trust and treat your employees better and maybe they might stick around!

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Should never have accepted this job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot

    Pros

    The 3-D printing industry is fascinating and is booming. The work itself is great...very rewarding.
    The employees are awesome! Some of the most down-to-earth people you will ever meet!

    Cons

    The company culture is very divisive. The company is split in terms of what department you happen to work in (like night and day). You might as well be working for two different companies.

    Very poor management, poorly-made decisions. No clear direction from the top. There are just blanket speeches made about numbers and bottom lines.

    There is very high turnover here. Constantly changing staff because of firings and people who just left on their own. Constant upper management turnover as well.

    Employees are not valued. They are treated like robots (for lack of a better term!).

    Salaries are sub-standard, at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As has been stated a few times already, place more value on your employees, and your sales and company earnings will naturally follow suit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    A lot of potential, ruined by short-sighted management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Back in the day, the pro was that you were working in a brand new, disruptive industry with a team of people who really cared about and believed in the product.

    Cons

    Bad management ruined all of that. The CEO wants to be Steve Jobs, but he's really bad at managing a company. When things started to go south he fired the entire marketing team, and hired his dad to take over that department. The head of the fired team has gone on to win all the same awards, this time for MakerBot's competitors, while marketing quality from MakerBot itself has gone downhill.

    The other reviewers (except the two astroturfers) have covered this. What the other reviewers haven't covered is that the COO is also causing a lot of damage, repeatedly hiring people for jobs like "receptionist" and a couple weeks later promoting them to things like "office manager". She also filled most of the department leadership with her friends.

    The brain drain that followed has cleared out the remaining talent in the company. The pay was sub-standard when I was there, and may be getting better now, but this is not a place you want to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people better. They are the *ONLY* reason you've gotten to where you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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