Makerbot Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Absent New Leadership, No Hope For MakerBot

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

    I worked at Makerbot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    3D printing is an important technology and you get to be part of it all.

    You'll work with some of the finest people you'll ever meet. So many people at MakerBot are unhappy because of their jobs, so you will quickly obtain good drinking buddies.

    The widespread unhappiness will reassure you that you're not the problem.

    Free fruit?

    Cons

    What reason do you have for joining a company? To further your career? To work on making and selling great products? To pull down a decent paycheck? To work in a fun, open environment with great perks? MakerBot fails on every one of these points.

    -Unless you have a personal connection to someone in a leadership position, there is no career path for you here. Few employees are truly empowered to make a difference, most are hamstrung by leadership. It’s likely that you won’t be with the company long enough to see a pay increase, let alone get a major promotion.

    -Well meaning engineers are limited by poor product planning and are forced to make compromises in quality so that MakerBot can make a few more bucks per unit sold. Marketing is forced to outright deceive customers, completely divorcing themselves from reality in order to sell a few more units or generate a few more leads. Salespeople are not allowed to use the products they sell, because they wouldn’t be able to make a sales pitch with confidence if they saw how poorly they functioned. Support staff is overworked and morale is low because customers are sold products that are known to fail at rates higher than any sane company would allow.

    -Salaries across the board have always been insultingly low, even after the merger. If you work in the corporate office, grab a free banana and enjoy the view. It’s the only perk you’ll receive. If you work in the factory, put that banana down and get back to work.

    Decisions made by leadership for the past year have been obsessively focused on making short-term gains in order to meet sales goals related to performance-based earn-out bonuses, the vast majority of which would go to them. As it turns out, when you rush three products to market before they are ready, people tend to return them and demand their money back!

    That's the kind of poor, reckless leadership you’ll experience at MakerBot, and it trickles down to every department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees: When MakerBot succeeds, do you see any of the reward? When MakerBot fails, will anyone be advocating for you? You can be your own advocate, right now, and seek new employment.

    MakerBot: You are a large, publicly traded company. Start acting like one, and stop blaming every problem on "growing pains."

    Stratasys: You’ve acquired a toxic asset. MakerBot is completely disorganized and lacks the leadership to develop, produce, and market a product that is up to your standard of quality. Send a strong message to your shareholders that you take your $600m investment seriously. Remove the President and CEO immediately so they can’t do any further damage, then work your way down the org chart. Scrutinize every VP, Director, and Manager, review every policy, audit every process. Make the organizational changes necessary to bring accountability and professionalism to MakerBot.

    Please save this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Definitely think twice.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You quickly learn how to survive in New York on half your previous job's salary.

    That said, you'll gain an amazing support network of people to collaborate on finding new jobs with.

    Cons

    Things you won't find here: clear vision, inspiring leaders, a career path, pride in your work.

    You WILL, however, get the worst of both start-up and corporate cultures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After bungling responses to legitimate complaints about incompetent bosses, borderline illegal accounting practices, and sexual harassment, by retaliating against those who speak up, I suppose you can't really go any lower?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    idiots running the asylum

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Reasons to work here? You're just out of school with a fresh computer science degree, looking for an entry-level job at an entry-level salary.

    Cons

    Not the place to be if you're an experienced professional or mid-career, looking for a job or a living wage. The place is swarming with kids just out of school or on their first "real" job, given the run of the place by an inept management that cowers to their infantile whim. There is no organization, and the place is a mess.

    The company itself, even with its specialized technology, basically operates like a fledgling startup well past its 'prime' and on brink of collapse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful  

    Talented people, doing cool work, but underappreciated and overworked employees.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Making 3D printers is fun and challenging. Most people are nice and willing to help. Fast paced environment where things are always changing.

    Cons

    Overall, a disorganized company. Company values being cheap and underpaying employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    always exciting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth, some of the most amazing people to work with, 3D printing is super cool

    Cons

    rollercoaster internally, spend a lot of time working including after hours and work travel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    12 years a productor

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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 less than a year

    Pros

    25 cent vending machines

    Cons

    Where do I begin .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Stop threatening them with writeups. Stop the constant change of policies that suit your own ends and stresses the employees .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

    Full Speed to No Where

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

    I worked at Makerbot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Health insurance, rationed fruit in the kitchen, access to 3D printers in the office, bathrooms are clean, stories to tell for years.

    Cons

    Nothing but hype. MakerBot and 3D printing is a conversation starter. However, for such an exciting industry, I've never done more lackluster work than there. A sales only focused mindset, with no sense of direction for the brand or marketing except reiterating the same cheesy taglines. A reactionary working environment with zero strategy or reason behind decisions except for the whims of leadership on any given day, with ridiculous deadlines that make little sense.

    Company culture and moral are terrible. Most employees don't make it past six months and the hardest working and smartest coworkers I've had are already gone or leaving. HR's best attempt to hide this is to offer bagel breakfasts, birthday cupcakes, a broken rewards system, or fake reviews on Glassdoor.

    Coworkers are on a spectrum of supportive and efficient to egocentric and offensive. More so, there are a lot of people who do not understand professional or personal boundaries, are ineffective at communication, or just plain lack manners.

    Salary offered is demoralizing and insulting. Almost all people hired have taken a huge pay cut for the promise of renegotiating after performance reviews or are sold on the 3D printing hype. However, raises are a joke. Most are offered a title change or an insulting percentage to keep them going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a broken system. I have no idea how you could solve this since you don't care about your employees' well being, your customers' experience, or making good viable products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Dismal leadership. Very disappointing to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    Running water. Electricity. 3D printers are everywhere. Some truly talented, amazing coworkers (most of whom are underutilized and undervalued).

    Cons

    The negative reviews are unfortunately, spot on. The positive reviews are written by HR.

    Nearly every department suffers from either reactive, ineffectual leadership, or a revolving door of management which makes doing great, consistent work impossible.

    Extremely low salaries. High turnover. Increasingly poor employee morale. Gross nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stratasys - please help us fix our many broken processes: hiring, product development, and most of all: leadership.

    Hire qualified people based on actual merit, not personal/family connections. Release working products, rather than rushing things that do not work to market out of greed. Hire us a CEO and President with vision and management skills who won't further harm a potentially great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Designer

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Close to a lot of food options for lunch. The view out of the building was good, but made me realize I could be somewhere else.

    Cons

    Completely disorganized. Unoriginal marketing tactics (very cheesy). Not very integrated or understanding of each other's capabilities. Attempts to create a company culture but turns out being plain creepy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the design department: quick and educated design decisions need to be made instead of staring at something for 30 minutes only to not be able to decide what looks better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Hard to describe

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    Former Employee - Software  in  Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Software in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Makerbot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice, intelligent people all around.
    Usually friendly atmosphere.
    Great place to inspire and excite own ideas.

    Cons

    Somewhat paternalistic developments.
    Difficulties for me to associate with the brand itself.
    Not a great place to associate yourself with your own work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more within the company and have checks and balances be more distributed.
    And give back more to the community/work more with the community.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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