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Proto Labs Reviews in Maple Plain, MN

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for those who enjoy challenges

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Plain, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Plain, MN

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

    Pros

    - Base salary is fair, all employees receive a year end bonus payout based on company growth
    - Advancement opportunities are excellent for most departments, such as manufacturing, operations, and development
    - Medical benefits for employees are better than most companies
    - Corporate culture is laid back and flexible; not micro-managed, management is very accommodating for scheduling time off, dress code is jeans and a t-shirt for most employees, even upper management/execs rarely wear ties
    - Management looks for the strengths of their employees and works to put their employees in a position to excel, rather than focusing on deficiencies
    - Cafe (in HQ building) and vending machines are subsidized by the company and food quality is excellent
    - Always cool stuff: not a month goes by where all employees aren't treated to a lunch, picnic, or free stuff (t-shirts, etc.)

    Cons

    - Departments are physically & culturally separated; left hand often does not know what the right is doing, stark differences in management style from department to department
    - No sick days, all time off comes out of PTO (but PTO accrues at a higher rate than anywhere else I've worked)
    - Adding family or children to medical benefits is expensive, but no reduction in benefit coverage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time in position requirements to advance are bogus! When an employee meets all other requirements to advance, let them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR breaks protocol/does not know how to utilize talent/does not value an education or drug-free workplace

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Build Technician in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Build Technician in Maple Plain, MN

    I worked at Proto Labs as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The skills I learned in the machine shop that could be transferable for a do-it-yourselfer. They have been on some "Best Employer to Work For" lists, but I have a feeling once the public catches wind of how they increase profits at the expense of their employees, it will no longer be the case. Also, the repetitive, manual labor will give you a work ethic and remind you how the grass isn't always greener.

    Cons

    I temped here in the build dept. hoping to backdoor it into a sales position, as my background is in mktg & sales (including people management). I could not even obtain an informational interview w/ HR! I was finally able to reach an HR rep over the phone in regard to a position I was qualified for. She did not seem even remotely interested in learning more about me, only why I had left each previous employer. She broke HR protocol by disclosing to coworkers what my educational background was. Once they found out I had a degree, they moved me to a different dept. for less pay without any reason whatsoever. Prior to this, a coworker was feeling me out on my educational background and said, "a while back they found out a guy working back here had a degree & the next thing you know, he was gone. We thought he had left, but they moved him to a different dept. You know we have other positions here like shipping, etc." Well no kidding sherlock, you think I didn't apply for any other positions while temping? I worked my butt off for this company 12 hour days with 50 minutes of breaks (including lunch)/day & that is how they treat you? Also, a coworker of mine said they do not drug test regularly (except during offer stage), otherwise they wouldn't be able to keep the slave labor going. I am very thankful and fortunate to have gotten out of here when I did. I feel sorry for the people who work extremely hard for peanuts!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a serious discussion with HR on:
    -professionalism
    -response time/communication/transparency
    -being respectful
    -utilizing talent
    -following protocols
    -wages/working conditions ($10.50/hour with 50 minutes of break including lunch over a 12 hour shift?!?!, not leaving factory a second before shift is over, no sitting for certain departments, etc.)
    -encouraging continuing ed
    -drug-free workplace

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the best company, not the worst company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Maple Plain, MN

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

    Pros

    -Decent base salary
    -Good medical benefits
    -Employee stock option plan
    -The lots of great people to work with (below mgmt. level).
    -In Sales you get paid for overtime.
    -Not micromanaged as much as some inside sales positions.
    -Very, very causal work environment.
    -Laid back dress code, you can wear jeans and a sweatshirt every day.

    Cons

    -Commission structure is horrible, very low incentives.
    -You don’t get paid on retention.
    -You only get paid on new business you bring in and you only get commission off that account for a year.
    -No one on the sales team makes six figures.
    - Mgmt. is very deceiving about the total salary you will be making in a sales position.
    -Everyone only gets a 20min paid lunch break.
    -No room to move up in company.
    -Has had horrible turn around in the last year in the sales dept.
    -No sick days, comes out of your paid vacation time.
    -Not a very professional work environment.
    -Mgmt has no idea what they are doing.
    -Executives are very disconnected from employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mgmt rarely listens to the concerns of its employee’s.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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