Microvision

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Microvision Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 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
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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 for 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 for 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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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
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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 for 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
  8.  

    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 for 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
  9.  

    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 for 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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