Local Motors - Lack of strategy and nonexistent leadership | Glassdoor
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    Lack of strategy and nonexistent leadership

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    Former Employee - Manager in Chandler, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Local Motors full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Favorable compensation for a startup, relaxed working environment, decent time-off policies, and the HR team did their best. It took a couple of months to see that the allure of LM was a mirage in the desert. The vehicles were fun and promising and it was great to work alongside the most ambitious automotive designers and technicians.

    Cons

    Leadership (in particular, the CEO) fails to put forward to employees or the public a strategic plan for growth. Leadership team fails to hold CEO accountable to commitments and plans, and they simply expend lots of resources putting out fires (sometimes literally). There [were] great individuals in the LM team who were eager to apply their talent to the fullest. The quarterly pivot in business plan/strategy resulted...

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    Advice to Management

    Eyeballs do not translate to dollars. Say no to press events. Stop being IBM's puppet and hire proven autonomous vehicle engineers with hands-on experience. Lastly, and most important, if the company has any chance of surviving, the CEO must resign. Follow the leads, money, and margins. It's most certainly not in Swell insulated water bottles. Get Olli operating autonomously. All the resources you dedicate should...

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Other Employee Reviews

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    Remember It's A Start Up. Know what you're getting into. Educate yourself.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Local Motors full-time

    Pros

    Lots to do, lots of changes, lots of inspiring, smart people work here. The leadership works insanely hard, although not many people recognize that.

    Cons

    Cons- team members (current and former) who are misinformed, gossipy, and overall negative like to spread the negative. They lack the education and ability to look above their pay grade and do not recognize that there is, in fact, a lot of strategy and hard work going on behind the scenes throughout the entire C-suite team (most never truly take a break and work far more than anyone can see and definitely don't receive...

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    Advice to Management

    This advice is to those who have moved on or are considering finding a new job (as so many posts from former employees seem to imply is happening) talk to the RIGHT people. Talk to people who know the strategy. Accept the fact that you are in a start up and there are going to be a lot of changes, a lot of hard pushes and that we have an opportunity to do something great here. The recent refocus and restructuring may not...

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    Poor Organization

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

    I worked at Local Motors full-time

    Pros

    Great Team, very knowledgeable in the field

    Cons

    Management has unrealistic goals and time frames

    Advice to Management

    Engineers know more about materials than "managers"

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