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Makerbot Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • MakerBot employees are fiercely passionate about what they do- if you want to work with top talent in the 3D printing industry, this is the place to be (in 24 reviews)

  • The Product: We have an amazing product line of 3D printers created by some incredibly bright, and creative people (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • No accountability from upper management (in 17 reviews)

  • crap product that's still going through a lot of growing pains (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (12)

    "Don't Do It To Yourself. Don't Work Here."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who you work with are absolutely amazing.
    Work/Life balance

    Cons

    How the hell are you going to layoff 30 percent of the company in ONE DAY with no warning. The higher ups knew that layoffs were coming and either left the sinking ship or were content with staying, taking a pay raise, and just firing folks.

    Also, the only way you got a pay raise was because people were laid off. Your pay raise is really hush money to stay, not based on actual personal merit.

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to yourselves that you actually know how to run a company. All you know how to do is destroy a really interesting idea and destroy peoples lives.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice view
    Snacks (Sometimes)
    Some talented employees
    Good work life balance

    There were lots of good employees at makerbot, but nearly all decisions were made by a select few that thought they understood more than everyone else

    Cons

    Terrible Upper Management
    Little to no promotions
    Zero recognition
    Layoffs around bonus time
    Depressing atmosphere
    If you are fortunate enough to get through the hiring process in less than a few months expect low pay and no room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Get a CEO that makes decisions others agree with and understands the company
    If you direly need more engineers and say you are actively hiring them, don't take 12 months to do so
    Know the names of more than 10% of the staff
    Leading an Adware company doesn't make you a software expert

  3. Helpful (10)

    "True Dissappointment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Makerbot has an inspiring company history. I was thrilled by the opportunity to work on projects that were part of the game-changing heritage of the company. Among other things, these were the upsides:

    - Had acceptable benefits, but somewhat low pay.
    - Chance to work on some large-scale technology.
    - Really creative community around the company's products.
    - Cool office with stellar NYC view.

    Cons

    Frequent mass layoffs, as well as a virtually directionless company infrastructure, caused confusion, frustration and constant low morale. By the time I myself was laid off (which was done with no official warning other than casual office rumors), along with a large percentage of the company's intelligent, talented staff, most of the people I worked with were already looking for other jobs due to the miserable day-to-day of working there. Negatives included:

    - Frequent layoffs, with no warning.
    - No real plan, with increasingly dismal vibes all around.
    - Technical debt on an abysmal scale.
    - Very poor people skills; teams don't even meet in person at times, and some managers might as well be robots in terms of personality.
    - Look out for "all hands" meetings; you never know when it might be to ax some sizable percentage of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people rather than assets. Consider layoffs to be a mark of shame. Come up with a plan, and don't penalize your employees for lacking one. Stop making bad tech worse without investing the time to correct past mistakes.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Petty, Dreadful Work Env with Confused Mgmt"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Free 3D printing for all employees.

    Cons

    Two rounds of layoffs in 2015 alone, god knows what happened after I left. Both times, they were actively interviewing up until the day before the layoffs. Very unstable and confused leadership. Team lead is extremely petty and unprofessional and did not foster a good team environment/culture - made it awkward/downright uncomfortable to ask questions, blatantly played favorites, was unhelpful to the point where it became problematic and blocked work progress. Pay was ok but not really up to market norms.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and choose better team leads, maybe then you wouldnt have such an abysmal turnover rate and awful culture.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Okay Benefits and good work culture

    Cons

    Low pay. No room for growth


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great Coworkers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Group of smart individuals
    - Company perks
    - Lots of 3D printing

    Cons

    - Dislike the micro management style

    Advice to Management

    Trust in your teams


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Open communication"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Support in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The staff here is extremely friendly. Everyone is here to help you including the managers. Makerbot is the true definition of happy employees = happy company.

    Cons

    I have nothing to add. This is truly a great company. They are always looking to be better and are open hearing for their team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being there for your team. It's great to have that open communication.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "MakerBot on the Rebound"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From the dark times this company went through in 2015, things have certainly turned around and the overall experience working here has improved dramatically. MakerBot put a stronger focus on People & Culture in 2016 and office amenities as well as company events have improved. Compared to a year+ old review you'll find, working for this company is no longer bleak.

    Cons

    Pay is still a bit below industry averages, but there is always room for upwards mobility and supervisors/managers are always in your corner to write you a positive review should you eventually look for a job elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to put the employees first, enable more work-life balance and continue to foster a team first mentality that has each team "all-in" for MakerBot.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Some good, some bad"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people. A lot of them are fantastic. The grunts doing the work, not the yahoos sitting in meetings all day.
    - The location. The office is great and the view is stunning.

    Cons

    - Project managers. The ratio of project managers to programmers is appalling. They do this for two reasons. 1) Few of them have any experience and 2) upper management wants "yes men", not experience.
    - No mentorship. New programmers to the industry come in there and have nobody to guide them. Very little cohesion in the teams because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house on the project managers and encourage collaboration in the teams (not on Slack).


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Reliable culture in a perpetually changing industry"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VAR Territory Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - VAR Territory Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very warm & well-grounded
    Recognized for overachievement
    Direct management has vested interest in employee success
    Last week of the year off
    Location & office setting

    Cons

    Go to market strategies in direct competition
    Subsidiary and it's palpable

    Advice to Management

    Focus on maintaining lead in education, solidify marketing leadership


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