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Updated April 14, 2017
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  1. "Boston Power"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Boston-Power full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, paid time off, business casual environment, coffee and snacks provided

    Cons

    investor funding, poor upper management/business decisions

    Advice to Management

    need to stop wasting money on R&D projects that don't result in products


  2. "Not a good place for engineer working"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Boston-Power full-time

    Pros

    In Beijing electric bus market

    Cons

    Bad management. Poor knowledge executives. Too much politics. Safety problems

    Advice to Management

    need to hire hard working experts. improve product quality and safety

  3. "Lithium ion Battery Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Boston-Power full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High Quality, Friendly, Team work and good management.

    Cons

    The company was outsourced to China that made a lot of people to loose their job.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on improving


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Beware of company claims"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Boston-Power full-time

    Pros

    Non other than a pay check

    Cons

    Total lack of leadership, buyer beware

    Advice to Management

    Have employees rate their supervisors


  5. "If you like change, work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, smart, supportive, care about each other
    Products have great promise, competitive market, but they still have some unique appeal
    Can make a difference here

    Cons

    Change is rapid, not for the faint of heart
    Many shifts in strategy
    Needs a lot of time and money to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Stay honest and keep people in the loop
    Great people will stay if they have a voice in the company
    Stick with one product strategy


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Disconnected Senior Management ruined the company"

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    Current Employee - Survivor in Westborough, MA
    Current Employee - Survivor in Westborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some very nice, caring people.
    Besides this, there is no good reason to be here knowing that we are all losing our jobs.

    Cons

    Endless meetings and no time to actually do work.
    With no customers, lots of emphasis on making even the most mundane issue a huge deal that EVERYONE needs to get involved and chime in on which only hinders progress more.
    Perception that there are customers that want our product...we have an enormous stockpile of cells that NOBODY WANTS.

    Advice to Management

    Look back and now know how NOT to run things.
    Utterly disengaged from Day to Day dealings in the company.
    You need to be honest and direct with the employees about what is going on and the strategy...getting your face in the paper or talking at conferences may stroke your ego but it doesnt help the company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Feels like a sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Westborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    My boss was incredibly nice and understanding, and did a good job of shielding his employees from meetings. Without him I would have left way before I did.
    I was paid very well
    I was treated very well
    Some people were very knowledgeable

    Cons

    Constant meetings. The longer you are employed there - the more meetings you are forced to go to. I've never seen it this bad. I think my boss had about 30 seconds/day of non-meeting time
    Many employees haven't gotten raises in years
    Lots of red tape and levels of management to battle your way through if you want a change to be made
    Purchasing system is really slow and silly (expect orders to take multiple days to get placed)
    Lots of people there are just barely good enough at their jobs to not get fired - lots of incompetence
    Some employees are abused to meet project goals, and then are not rewarded for it (I wasn't among those, but certainly witnessed it from afar)
    Lots of unhappy employees - and I think management is pretty much unaware of this fact

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers, not enough engineers. Fix that.

    Give raises.

    Praising somebody in a meeting is *not* enough reward for somebody giving up lots of personal time for projects - try money/vacation time/promotion/etc if you want happy employees.

    Get rid of inefficiencies - ie reduce meetings, speed up purchasing process, etc

  8. "Most fun and rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have deep respect for what this team has done and is doing.While I have probably never worked harder in my life, I can also say I have never learned as much in one company. The growth of the company allowed me to grow with it. This is a start-up which is making a difference globally.... and this makes me proud every day!

    Cons

    A true start-up; not enough resources, process or time to achieve success, which must come through the team instead.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the work - and keep us in the loop... we are growing a global company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not what it seems from the outside"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High growth industry; lots of VC funding. Incredibly talented team.

    Cons

    Little to no delegation; most employees are under-utilized and could be doing so much more.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy and stick to it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "This place is going down in a hurry !!!"

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    Current Employee - IT Doesn't Matter
    Current Employee - IT Doesn't Matter
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Decent pay
    Challenging work
    3 weeks vacation for new employees
    Friendly coworkers to a certain extent
    Friendly management staff

    Cons

    Obsolete product technology. Competition is way ahead but everyone seems to be sleeping.
    Incompetent management
    Too many chiefs and not many indians
    Management has crazy expectations about getting things done. Most of the management staff has no "real world" experience.

    Advice to Management

    Well the senior management staff needs to be changed. Its been 6 years since the company founding and it has not gone anywhere. We need new and competent management at the C and VP level.


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