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Proto Labs Maple Plain Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "Cutting edge hands on experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Maple Plain, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was an intern for 4 months. During the 4 months I got to have a hands on experience working in a production enviorment that allowed me to open my eyes to all the advanced technology that Proto Labs has as a resource. This company treats their employees so honorably and truely creates a welcoming and invigorating culture to work in.

    Cons

    Honestly I have minimal to complain about. Like any company there are employees who didn't enjoy managment styles or had clashes on the team.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the employee satisfaction efforts. Not any company can create such a fantastic culture you have created. Also have faith in your employees. They have the knowledge of what's going on in the background and hear there recomendations


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Cool Product, Bad Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Maple Plain, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool product, Awesome people, Good benefits

    Cons

    Small company culture is gone and is now a very corporate feel and grind. Company is only focused on revenue and how to get it, instead of empowering employees to generate the revenue for them. Passive aggressive middle managers that will lie and throw you under the bus for them to get ahead. The bar is very low for quality of managers in the software department. Maple Plain.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring/promoting crappy managers and stop being oblivious of whats happening in your departments. Empower your employees to allow them to do a great job. Revenue isn't everything. Far to aggressive business plan, which they are now failing to meet.


  3. "Minimal engineering"

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    Former Intern - R&D Engineering Intern in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Intern - R&D Engineering Intern in Maple Plain, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Proto Labs as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company is really changing manufacturing with their software. The culture is very much like a start-up and ideas are free flowing. Fun place to work with lots of young people.

    Cons

    As a mechanical engineering student I assumed a company with as many machines as Proto Labs would do some very heavy, mechanical R&D. I was quite wrong, unfortunately. The engineering R&D staff mostly supported software developers.

    Advice to Management

    Physical process improvements could save you a lot of money, quite possibly more than new software would. This can be hard to swallow as a software company, but it needs to be done!


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Maple Plain, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Proto Labs is a second-rate gig at best. Management is very one-sided. If you work there -- or have merely been there -- you know what I mean. In my sales position, my boss was consistently absent, unaware of events happening in our group and the company at large, and absent-minded. (She says she will follow-up but doesn't, except when it had to do with who was bringing dip.)

    Cons

    For a recent grad, the relaxed atmosphere can become comfortable. Hey, I don't blame you. After a while, however, things change. Management will institute changes without knowing the full extent of what they are doing. Certain employees wear grandpa clothes and don't practice proper hygiene. And finally, you will return from a weeklong vacation, receive a Lync message calling you into your boss's office and be told that you are being fired at the end of the month.

    So, is it worth it to drive to Maple Plain every day, to make 50 calls a day without any instruction and be paid at a below-market rate? The choice is yours. For a decently educated young person looking to move up in a company, I wouldn't recommend it. You won't fit in.


  6. "Good starter job"

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Maple Plain, MN
    Current Employee - Sales Development Representative in Maple Plain, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong sales training when you first start that helps prep you for other positions both at Proto labs and outside of the company

    Cons

    uncertainty when it comes to advancement opportunity

    Advice to Management

    clarify the steps to advance from one position to the next to provide a road map for top achievers


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Plain, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Plain, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Proto Labs (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Yearly salary increase + company performance bonus.
    - Upper US management is easy to talk to and friendly.

    Cons

    - Salary is extremely low compared to US counterparts.
    - No chance of promotions.
    - Collaboration/Communication between locations is poor.
    - UK management sees staff as figures, not people.
    - UK office facilities are very poor compared to the US, Japan, Germany, and France offices.


  8. "Ok - Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Maple Plain, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    fun people, fun environment, nice office, great product

    Cons

    poor commission plan and base salary, very little room to move up past a certain point. Most of the management isn't moving because their job is very cushy, easy, and it pays well for them. Was not very professional at times, management can be passive aggressive. Strict with their network - so you cant take a 10 minute break and browse facebook, espn, etc. - which is pretty picky, but still, c'mon.

    Advice to Management

    Give sales more incentive (money/commission) to succeed. Desperately need to re-structure how sales gets a commission - who cares if one person keeps ordering parts over and over, sales is clearly managing the account well, so pay them a little for it.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overall Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Plain, MN

    Pros

    High Energy Environment
    Young employee base
    Most employees really care about their jobs
    Good career pathing
    Some awesome women leaders/managers

    Cons

    Some leaders in roles beyond their expertise and abilities
    Lack solid go to market strategies
    Slow to get "things" done

    Advice to Management

    Retain your high performing leaders because people like to work for them - move out the leaders people don't respect
    Try to remove barriers to getting things done - back to the "just do it" culture
    Be sure to live those corporate values - inside and out


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Engineer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Intern in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Intern in Maple Plain, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Proto Labs (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company with great employees. Learned a lot during my internship.

    Cons

    Small part of company in Raleigh. Currently limited mobility for upper management.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Some departments are okay, but others are not doing well"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Maple Plain, MN
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Maple Plain, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Proto Labs (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bottom of org chart employees work hard and have fun and work as a team

    Employee Stock Purchase Plan is very good if they can control the rapid spending and hiring

    Laid back culture in most departments

    Strong growth predicted in the future

    Great product

    Cons

    The bar for middle managers is very low and they seem to hire just about anyone in some departments

    They tolerate poor management practices in the middle layers and the executives seem to be clueless that they are happening as they promote the worst offenders

    Low morale in some departments due to the management practices. Examples of poor management practices include all of the most well known toxic behaviors; intimidation, threats, taking credit when things go well and then laying blame when they don't, bureaucratic processes, etc. etc. etc. they do it all and they hide it well too from those up above

    They are overextending themselves in hiring and are too aggressive to fill seats which is hurting culture and the stock price

    Advice to Management

    Slow down the hiring and screen the middle managers better and then hold them accountable to the values of the company. Look for more opportunities to promote from within and keep good people who want to grow their careers at this company.



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