Local Motors - Happy every day that I took the leap and moved on | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Happy every day that I took the leap and moved on"

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

    I worked at Local Motors full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited vacation for some members, good pay, brand is well known and mas made cool products in the past.

    Cons

    Boring products, a toxic management team, engineer bashing and an irresponsible HR department. Since moving on from Local Motors I have witnessed and enjoyed a new world of opportunity. I have learned that other companies value employees and the development of employees, hire nice, talented leaders as managers with years of experience and focus on developing products. Work gets done smoothly and effectively, work is enjoyable and not something to dread. Local Motors problems center with the management of the company, they hire many egotistical managers that are new to automotive management and make decisions within the company without the advice of engineers. This leads to LM to develop buzzword products without releasing them in a workable state. Management made poor choices to acquire or develop hardware which led to under performance because decisions are based on how good the products look, not how they function or the real-world effectiveness. This way of operation has led to some long-term consequences for Local Motors and some of its employees. This company does not celebrate its engineers or development, they are viewed as replaceable entities and not assets. As a result, engineering has zero say in the development of products, receives very little help towards the development of products in terms of any resources. Engineers are lured in, chewed up and spit out. Every team seemed hostile toward engineering during my time at the company. HR defended themselves and the upper management. Certain upper employees were untouchable and could get away with anything they wanted including hostility, harassment, rumor spreading and general workplace bulling. HR was incompetent, always turned their backs and isolated themselves (literally by the way they arranged their desks) to concerned employees. Many lower level HR employees have moved on to better things. Luckily, the global automotive industry is small so word spreads quickly about particular employees, especially in the management side, to avoid. Many lower level employees that have moved on have helped develop some ground breaking products across many industries. It is only a matter of time before they flip the switch again to something completely different automotive buzzword to appease investors, go for another round of funding and repeat the process in its entirety. This process can only be stopped by removing upper management, decreasing the number of management positions and bring in a few talented leaders from the automotive industry.

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    Advice to Management

    During my tenure I was unfortunately stuck in a period where there were too many chefs and a few Indians. There were so many employees and forms of management that they took lavish retreats leaving the company abandoned. It looks like some key members of upper management have been forced to move on, which is a good thing and it is showing, the company seems to be getting better.

    Local Motors2019-04-18

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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 the appreciation they should).

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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 be the last of the changes. Can you accept that? If not, that's okay. This is a HARD job. But don't force your negative views onto the rest of the team and is ready to buckle down and get the work done. Management- It's okay to let your team know when there is struggle. They appreciate transparency and will respect you more if they feel they are in the know.

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    Local Motors2017-02-10
  2. "Good Co-Workers but Hot Mess"

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    Former Employee - Junior Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Local Motors full-time

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers - the development team is incredible, positive and fun to be on

    Cons

    No north star to align to - the strategy of the company seems to change (frequently) at the whim of the CEO

    Local Motors2019-12-26

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