Makerbot Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Pros
  • 3D printing is great to have on the resume (in 11 reviews)

  • Making 3D printers is fun and challenging (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Still going through some growing pains (in 6 reviews)

  • But to serve the completely clueless and ignorant upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Amazing people, terrible management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best people I've worked with. The team environment in our department was everyone's reason for going in every day, and the pranks and inside jokes got us through to happy hour. With little institutional incentive to try, employees worked hard and produced high-quality work just because that's the type of people they were. Direct managers and supervisors were also extremely caring and supportive, and helped identify opportunities for people to leverage their strengths and pursue their interests.

    Cons

    The company was going through some huge transitions (rapid growth, Stratasys takeover and subsequent restructuring) and experiencing some big growing pains. I was not impressed by the treatment and management skills of anyone beyond my immediate supervisors, and some terrible decisions were made (and poorly communicated) to employees. There was extremely low morale and high stress in all departments, and laughably poor salaries and few opportunities for promotion made it a wonder anyone stayed and continue to work as hard as they did. One of the worst things I saw was the pattern of dangling incentives of promotions or bonuses in front of employees that were never delivered.

    Advice to Management

    Value your incredible employees and pay fair wages. Stratasys has made some headway cleaning house, but in general the lower-level management are miles ahead of everyone at the executive level in understanding how to run a company.


  2. Hopeful!

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -There is great camaraderie (at least in product development) within this young company that is slowly but surely maturing through trial by fire. There are still many that were here during varying portions of the company's initial success, lived through the difficult 2014, and are now trying very hard to put the company back into a position to regain its reputation.

    -Despite the difficulties experienced both within the company and our customer base, there is a hopeful sentiment that our work this year will redeem ourselves on both fronts.

    -It is a fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    -Salaries are still lower than market rate on most fronts, although beginning efforts have been made to level these appropriately.

    -Despite some good intentions, the company suffered greatly because of a rushed product launch that occurred during a time of ill perceived immortality. This was due to a motley combination of lacking resources, process, and experience to support it properly. Persons in leadership positions failed to recognize or act on telling signs, and lower positions did not know any better.

    -Talent is leaking in in some areas, but leadership positions are more solid than 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Focus must continue to be placed on regaining the trust of our customer base and rebuilding reputation. Our CEO (Jaglom) must lead this effort.


  3. In a transition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many good coworkers. Open and collaborative culture. Free access to 3D printers. Owner of the largest 3D maker community in the world. Concept of Eco-System has been implemented well.

    The company seems to be changing toward the bright side, after the new CEO Jonathan Jaglom came, though it would take time to tell.

    Cons

    Pretty much everyone else was talking about. Leaking talents, low morale, underpaid employees, isolation of inter-department communication, quality issues with 5 gen products that people are still fighting.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the morale of your employees. Rebuild the reputation for your customers.

    There is still hope of reviving, but we have to make sure the company could survive in its hardest time, which is now.


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  5. Great ideas, zero execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -3D printing. It rocks, it's a cool product, and it's fun to work in a tech field that's getting a lot of attention
    -unlimited access to this tech, including the full line of 3D printers. Very easy to use and zero roadblock to access
    -For the most part, the people who work in Marketing are all VERY smart and VERY creative with great ideas

    Cons

    -Almost zero execution on any of these ideas. All good ideas are sidelines for wahtever upper management wants AT THAT MOMENT. Zero foresight in this regard
    -Upper management. No one cares if you have anything to say, everyone is being pressured by everyone else, and it's starting to resemble and Israeli good old boys club and not an American tech scene. Who cares about the company being in brooklyn if everything is run from Israel?
    -crap product that's still going through a lot of growing pains. Makes it hard to stand behind the product when it's not very reliable
    -Yes the employees are smart but they are SO WEIRD AND AKWARD it makes getting through the day very hard
    -pay is atrocious and they know and have accepted this and decided to not care

    Advice to Management

    Jesus give someone a decent raise. no one wants to work for a company that gives no sign of giving anyone decent pay.


  6. Helpful (1)

    great tech...poor leadership

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot

    Pros

    smart, caring colleagues (at coordinator, associate, and management levels), although certain departments are better than others

    Cons

    very poor leadership (couldn't stress this one enough)
    low moral among colleagues after many rounds of layoffs


  7. Assembly Team Member

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Team Member in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Assembly Team Member in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, people were nice. Pay is okay, benefits is somewhat good.

    Cons

    Advancement. Hours. No Eye care benefits.


  8. Great place to work in

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    Current Employee - Finance and Accounting in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Finance and Accounting in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Highly motivated staff and team leaders which together with the company's great vision make it a huge promise in the 3D field. It's a matter of 1-3yrs for the boost, I'm glad to be part of it.

    Cons

    Public Group - The risk involved in the Hi-Tech industry (Due to the parent company support it's reasonably low as compared to the competitors).

    Advice to Management

    To preserve the existing atmosphere (following the recent changes) which contribute both for the individuals and the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    It

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young energetic workforce, new factory, exciting technology

    Cons

    Times are tough right now
    Recent layoffs hurt morale
    Uncertainty on future

    Advice to Management

    Do your best, be honest with the staff, retain what you can, cut fat if you must


  10. Helpful (3)

    Right direction, wrong culture

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pros I can mention can only be attributed to one supervisor. Overall I can't think of many pros.

    Cons

    The complete isolation of the departments creates an 'us vs them' climate. Cooperation among supervisors seems forced and conflicted rather than free and open idea sharing.

    The equipment this company sells rarely meets, much less exceeds the expectations of the consumer. They're basically using paying customers as guinea pigs.

    Advice to Management

    Read Pat Croce's 'I Feel Great And You Will Too' and apply his customer service points to interdepartmental communication and interaction.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Work with great engineers - uncertain future

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fast-paced development cycles. Open and collaborative environment. Exciting technology. Massive amounts of talent in the tech staff at all levels. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Ambiguous leadership vision and corporate future. Rush to ship product beats out sound engineering principles, and product suffers for it. Pays below market.

    Advice to Management

    Define a vision and roadmap. Flesh out the org chart. Commit to well-planned programs, and disallow scope creep or wild pivots mid-cycle.



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