Materia Reviews

Updated April 24, 2014
Updated April 24, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Pains

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Materia full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great medical, vision and dental benefits.
    Food and drinks provided.
    Pretty decent company shin-digs.
    Location: near Old Town Pasadena.

    Cons

    Experiencing some growing pains! Materia needs to shed its skin and get rid of poor management from days of yore. Inconsistent expectations amongst departments and favoritism make working at Materia a "hit or miss".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing and listen to your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun environment, uneven expectations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Materia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great scientific staff
    Great benefits
    Friendly environment
    More food than you can eat in your lifetime

    Cons

    Favoritism is a problem - employees with the same responsibilities are not always held to the same basic expectations. Salary is middling, but the benefits make up for some of it. Very much a top-down environment; ideas seem to be weighed according to a persons title, not the merit of the suggestion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, at every level. The company still seems to be making start-up mistakes, that should have been ironed out years ago.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The biggest waste of time and talent I've seen in my career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Materia

    Pros

    Working with amazingly bright individuals who are dedicated. Great location in Pasadena. Lots of free food.

    Cons

    Working with these same bright individuals who were hired to be "yes men". Never think of challenging the CEO or how good (or bad) their product is. They do "analysis for analysis sake", not strategy. Upper management has a very arrogant view that they can do everything better themselves and not seek out partnerships with industry. Their strategy isn't to make a profit, it is to raise money from investors (a.k.a.: suckers).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have the talents of many talented individuals at your disposal. Start to listen to them (esp. those with more industry experience than you). Use them or you will end up sinking this ship called "materia" and affecting many lives along the way.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A total waste of my time and talent. The Upper Management: two PhD's and one GED, have no interest in making profit.

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    Former Employee - You Get to Make Up Your Own Title in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - You Get to Make Up Your Own Title in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Materia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The weather was nice in Pasadena most of the year.

    Cons

    Management still refers to the Company as a "Start-Up", even though they have been in operation for 13 years! No profit only debt to show for it.
    Why could a Cal Tech Professor that won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry hire former students with zero Industry experience, to commercialize his life's work?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Board of Directors need to wake up to protect their investments and replace the Three Stooges before it's too late.

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

    Company with no defined strategy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Materia

    Pros

    Very smart acedemic colleagues, great team atmosphere. Everyone willing to help each other out.

    Cons

    Upper management wants to tackle and go after many markets with their product yet, the only fundamental interest is mostly on acquiring investor funding, not on commercializing a successful product. They also seem to want to do EVERYTHING themselves instead of relying on potential partnerships to help develop a product. To top it off, the three top guys keep so much information to themselves as if to avoid exposure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at Materia full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment where your input counts.
    Diverse projects
    Rapidly growing small company

    Cons

    Too much free food...it'll make you fat working there!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best job I have had in 15 years

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    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Human Resources in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Materia

    Pros

    Benefits are great, atmosphere is dynamic and challenging, pay is realy good, feel valued in my job. The company is exploding with technical innovations being brought to market.

    Cons

    Working in a start-up, leading edge technology platform company can present financial constraints that sometimes hinder our growth and resouce support for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top down communication could be improved and folding in different departments with strategic initiatives could help create momentum and buy in from all the groups.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Materia is the best company I have ever worked for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shipping/Receiving & Inventory Control Specialist in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Shipping/Receiving & Inventory Control Specialist in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Materia

    Pros

    Great people, close to home, great compensation, excellant benefits, work with you between personal and work life. Great management team.

    Cons

    There really isnt any downside to working at Materia. We have some gliches once in a while regarding paperwork properly filled out, but other then that it is a pleasure to work here.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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