Material ConneXion

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Material ConneXion Reviews

Updated March 14, 2014
Updated March 14, 2014
6 Reviews

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  1.  

    It was a great learning experience and a stepping stone for new architects

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    Former Employee - Assistance to Material Scientist  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistance to Material Scientist in New York, NY

    I worked at Material ConneXion as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    There are many materials for design inspirations.

    Cons

    Intern should be compensated for travels.

    Recommends
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    Material ConneXion is a stepping stone to better opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    The employees of Material ConneXion are some of the best. Everyone gets along and looks out for each other. It is definitely like family.

    Cons

    The upper management has no management experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen carefully to the grumblings of staff

    Recommends
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Material ConneXion is a great concept but lacks long term vision and strategy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn about the latest trends, designs, and materials
    - Opportunity to meet different designers and manufacturers
    - Free MOMA passes and opportunity to attend various museum parties and design events
    - Young culture

    Cons

    - No opportunity for growth
    - No longer strategy
    - Micromanagement
    - Employees do not feel appreciated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Material ConneXion should figure out their long term strategy and communicate their objective clearly to the team. In addition, the upper management should walk the walk to give employees greater confidence in the company. They should treat each individual as an asset and trust their judgements so that their employees are motivated to give their 100% for the company.

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    Unqualified management, little or no resources to do your job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Material ConneXion

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work extremely hard for the experience.

    Cons

    • Uppermost management is highly volatile, very restrictive and very likely to micromanage every employee in every department.
    • Compensation is incredibly low, and any extra effort goes unrewarded—the employees are seen as easily replaceable.
    • A tireless, unrewarded staff whose efforts and talents are diminished by upper management
    • Upper management are not hesitant to show preference for a select few employees.
    • The environment is highly toxic and dysfunctional, again mostly owing to the upper management style and handling of conflicts that inevitably arise from a claustrophobic workplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Given that management had no prior experience in running a company, or training for it, it would be good to get some exposure to management of employees, basic dos and don'ts of treating employees in ways that may not be construed as racist or sexist.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  6.  

    Interesting business, strange work environment...

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

    I have been working at Material ConneXion full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    some smart people work there. If you are interested in design and architecture and materials it is interesting. International group of employees

    Cons

    president of the company micromanages and is oddly and unnecessarily paranoid. Constant threats to staff that they'll lose their jobs. head of reseach v. smart but narcissistic and inappropriate at times. Not resourced correctly for volume of work. Smoke and mirrors keep reality from members / clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust staff more. stop with the electronic monitoring. Establish a more flexible working environment and support working women (hello? maternity leave anyone?).

    Recommends
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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have learned much about working with people and learned how to use the internet for research.

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

    I have been working at Material ConneXion

    Pros

    I love to see new and interesting materials and I like the odd niche that a material library occupies in the design world. For the most part, the people are great and there are opportunities to do great things though they do not seem very open to me.

    Cons

    There is not enough communication between different departments and a silly tradition of making interns threaten to leave before they are taken seriously; this happens in many places and I don't understand the reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Breathe. Take people into account a bit more. Ask how much you are still learning about what you do.

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