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Microvision Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2015
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Supply chain

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Microvision full-time

    Pros

    located in Seattle metro area
    High tech company

    Cons

    Not profitable and does not have a path to profitability, even though company has exited for 15 years.

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

    Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Benefits (except worthless stock options)
    - Decent work life balance

    Cons

    - Senior leadership
    - Lack of direction
    - Bonuses were paid in stock that was diluted and only revalued for leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership and No Profit!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Microvision full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    My hiring manager was great and had great drive. The problem was the rest of the managers lack the skill to understand what is really important.

    Cons

    Managers fail to see what is really important to make money. Not sure why or how they stay in business. I guess if the Board of Directirs want to keep throwing money into it then they are just as bad as the management. I left when my manager left as the one they put in charge had no vision for what I was hired to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your heads on straight and deal with the real issues!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company has great promise, they just lack in execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Extremely innovative product set, potentially game changing technology.

    Cons

    Massive supply chain constraints that are hindering their revenue potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the GE crony club and get some new talent with fresh eyes. The company feels like a tired engineering firm, because it is...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It is small manufacturing company, frendly employees.

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seabrook, NH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Seabrook, NH

    I have been working at Microvision full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It feels like you are working with family, everybody knows what is going on at everybody's lives.

    Cons

    Not easy to grow up in the company. Manager is not qualified for the position. Some employees work hard and some don't even do anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company has to change manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11.  

    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

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