Microvision Reviews in Redmond, WA

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
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  1.  

    Great Technology

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    Former Employee - Business Development in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Business Development in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The company holds lots of IP that could revolutionize the man machine interface. This is the main asset of the company.

    Cons

    The leadership is not staffed for success and is evident by its 20 year record. At one point the company had significant capital to develop, deploy and support the goal to become a viable commercial company for the consumer electronics market, but sadly today they are just barely hanging on with a constant need for capital infusion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once you fire experts in their respective fields you need to let the functional teams to make the company successful or least complete their plans till they fail. Terminating teams before they complete a given plan is not only fruitless, but ultimately fails the shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Publicly Traded Startup

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    The company has interesting technology and much intellectual property. It was a pretty flat organization and if you had good ideas you could most likely get permission (or forgiveness) to pursue them.

    Cons

    Leadership historically has had trouble prioritizing and then adequately resourcing the programs and projects it chooses. It seems that in an tough environment the leadership didn't actually know how things got done in the company and let go key players. Many of the remaining team members followed on their own. Seems to be a revolving door in sales, marketing, and business development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what type of company you want to be and then resource that company and flawlessly execute. Or find a suitor and consider being acquired or simply shutting down the company and returning money to shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microvision full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only real pro there is the people.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Lack of vision
    Work Life Balance is out of whack
    No internal advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Alik needs to go before he drives the company into the ground. It's looks like management is just playing games to make money off of the stock. They put out meaningless press releases that drive the price up only to have it fall the next day back to where it was. Which means the PR was fluff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Chaotic and Unwelcoming Culture

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    In the beginning there was some creative freedom, but it depends on your management team. Pay and benefits were okay to average.

    Cons

    High turnover rate of entire teams not just individuals, unclear communication, constant turmoil internally, some of the director level management is condescending and they don't know much about the field they head or lack significant experience in the industry and have not kept up with the current technology of their fields. Also, some spend too much time wasting valuable company money and employee time with frivolous duties and aren't focused on the needs of the clients, stockholders, or employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide clear communication with employees and encourage them to grow and develop within your company environment and outside of it as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting Tech, Strategy lacking

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    Current Employee - Confidential in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Confidential in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microvision full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Technology and potential are compelling. This is why they keep getting investors.

    Cons

    Could never make a profit. Stock price drove strategy rather than focus on building a good product at a fair price. They need stock price to look good in order to entice investors. Burn rate far exceeded revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Work/Life Balance...no opportunity for career growth

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    Former Employee - Finance in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Finance in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microvision

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    No opportunity for professional growth as the company is not growing. Periodic layoffs for mid levels and below (never for sr. mgmt). Lack of strong leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your people professionally. If they want a career and you don't provide it they'll happily find it elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Engineer review

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Microvision

    Pros

    Competent Leadership
    Lots of fun stuff to work on

    Cons

    Lots of fun stuff to work on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Working for Microvision

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microvision

    Pros

    cool technology, decent pay, cool coworkers. Fun time working on new technology. Free drinks, small cafe.Overall, its a pretty decent job.

    Cons

    too much work, extra time not compensated. poor communication among teams. busy all year round, no taking it easy time. lots of deadlines.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More free time, less tightly bound schedules, more communication would really make microvision a good place to work for everyday.

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  10.  

    Microvision - when you work here, you make a difference.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microvision

    Pros

    This is a small, active company working on leading-edge display technology. The work is so complex it requires a team approach. Each person on the team is important to the company's success, and this is reflected in way management and co-workers treat each other. Pay, benefits and work conditions are above average because the people who work here are above average, including the management. Standard expectations are for outstanding performance. The work is interesting, and the company management is interested in the work. Every attempt is made to provide support to employees in order to accomplish the needed work, however, see the comments in the next section. The work environment is invigorating, the work is exciting, everyone is encouraged to do the best job they can, and most people do, most of the time.

    Cons

    As a small company, some resources are not available. Everyone, all the time, is stretching to get done what needs to be done. There is a fairly constant feeling of being overloaded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to cut back on the project list.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Microvision is a great place!

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    Current Employee - Not Telling As We Run So Thin A Job Title Would Give It Away. in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Not Telling As We Run So Thin A Job Title Would Give It Away. in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Microvision

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Microvision is the people. Everyone is very competent and driven. While this can be frustrating at times, it can also be quite inspirational. The next best reason is the technology. The technology that Microvision has is amazing and is sure to revolutionize the display industry.

    Cons

    Some of the downsides to working at Microvision is that Senior Management is not very good at communicating down to the regular employees. It's a bit embarrassing having a relative call me about a press release that I hadn't heard because we don't say anything internally. I think it was almost two months before they announced a huge sale of bar code scanners to the rest of the company. When all you are selling is one product at the moment those kinds of wins help pick people up!

    One other big downside is that much of the company needs to switch their thinking from how they were before. I've never worked at a place that actually sold something that had so many barriers in place to finishing a sale, so many signatures are needed and physical pieces of paper need to go places, it's very inefficient. There are definite growing pains here as the company goes from an R & D house to a company that actually sells consumer products.

    One final downside is that we are running very lean on people so often times you have to do things that are completely outside of your scope. While this is good at times, sometimes it feels like you get setup for failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would urge Senior Management to celebrate the wins when they happen. Also if there's news going out, even if it's "non news" let the rest of the company know so we don't look stupid when people ask us about it.

    Recommends
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