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Material ConneXion Reviews

Updated November 11, 2017
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  1. "Research Intern"

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    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Material ConneXion as an intern

    Pros

    Open team, always receptive to new ideas, allows interns to explore topics and research and then helps guide the process. Management is open minded and willing to consult interns during product and process development.

    Cons

    Internship program is currently unpaid. Because this is located in New York, this proves to be quite expensive for those outside the state.


  2. "A happy space, with unhappy employees"

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

    Pros

    The office is beautiful, truly a cool environment to work in. The people were amazing. I've never had colleagues (below management) that were truly invested in my best interest and so willing to help when they could.

    Cons

    There was a distorted outlook for the growth of the company, consequently a distorted expectation of their employees. Everyone there worked hard but expectations were still beyond grasp--a 17yr old company is just not going to grow 200% in a year.

    Despite everyone willing to help eachother, everyone seemed generally unhappy with their roles, work and management.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency with your employees.
    More leniency with their work schedule.
    Overtime pay when they do the overtime work.

  3. "Feels Like Home"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Material ConneXion full-time

    Pros

    I have worked at Material ConneXion for 3.5 years. There is such a great energy in this office. Everyone here is so friendly and fun to be around. We have all become one big family. I really enjoy the environment and the managers are very hands-on and always open to new ideas from their employees.

    Cons

    It can be stressful sometimes because of the tight deadlines and we are not always given enough notice when new projects come up.


  4. "Open and Positive Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    When I first applied (about a year and a half ago) I was a bit put off by the negative reviews on this site. However, I had met a few of the people who would become my coworkers a couple of years prior, and I had a good feeling about them, so I decided to go for it. My team is really close-knit, and my manager is super supportive of my growth within the company. As long as you work hard and show initiative, the company will reward you for it.

    Cons

    The relatively open floor plan can be nice, but sometimes the noise level can get a bit distracting.

    Advice to Management

    Management has been very open to new ideas and suggestions, so if I have "advice" for them, I bring it directly to them, rather than post it anonymously. Management should pay less attention to negative reviews on sites such as this one; the majority of employees are happy and the open environment fosters a sense of trust.


  5. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Material ConneXion full-time

    Pros

    An excellent environment, good coworkers, interesting work.

    Cons

    Management does not seem either together or on course. They are not clear with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be so obtuse with your employees - it's not hard, just pretend they are adult human beings like you!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't Recommend Interning Here"

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    Former Intern - Library Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Library Intern in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Material ConneXion as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to new materials everyday. Coworkers are friendly.

    Cons

    There's a lot of micromanagement that happens. Unsatisfied employees. All you do as an intern is help organize and manage the library database. Repetitive work everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your staff more.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Material ConneXion is a stepping stone to better opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The employees of Material ConneXion are some of the best. Everyone gets along and looks out for each other. It is definitely like family.

    Cons

    The upper management has no management experience.

    Advice to Management

    Listen carefully to the grumblings of staff

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Material ConneXion is a great concept but lacks long term vision and strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to learn about the latest trends, designs, and materials
    - Opportunity to meet different designers and manufacturers
    - Free MOMA passes and opportunity to attend various museum parties and design events
    - Young culture

    Cons

    - No opportunity for growth
    - No longer strategy
    - Micromanagement
    - Employees do not feel appreciated

    Advice to Management

    Material ConneXion should figure out their long term strategy and communicate their objective clearly to the team. In addition, the upper management should walk the walk to give employees greater confidence in the company. They should treat each individual as an asset and trust their judgements so that their employees are motivated to give their 100% for the company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unqualified management, little or no resources to do your job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A great opportunity to work extremely hard for the experience.

    Cons

    • Uppermost management is highly volatile, very restrictive and very likely to micromanage every employee in every department.
    • Compensation is incredibly low, and any extra effort goes unrewarded—the employees are seen as easily replaceable.
    • A tireless, unrewarded staff whose efforts and talents are diminished by upper management
    • Upper management are not hesitant to show preference for a select few employees.
    • The environment is highly toxic and dysfunctional, again mostly owing to the upper management style and handling of conflicts that inevitably arise from a claustrophobic workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Given that management had no prior experience in running a company, or training for it, it would be good to get some exposure to management of employees, basic dos and don'ts of treating employees in ways that may not be construed as racist or sexist.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting business, strange work environment..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    some smart people work there. If you are interested in design and architecture and materials it is interesting. International group of employees

    Cons

    president of the company micromanages and is oddly and unnecessarily paranoid. Constant threats to staff that they'll lose their jobs. head of reseach v. smart but narcissistic and inappropriate at times. Not resourced correctly for volume of work. Smoke and mirrors keep reality from members / clients.

    Advice to Management

    trust staff more. stop with the electronic monitoring. Establish a more flexible working environment and support working women (hello? maternity leave anyone?).