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Makerbot Reviews

Updated 18 November, 2014
Updated 18 November, 2014
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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid unless you are a Lawton.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Neato 3D printers. Well some of them. The newest ones are a bit of a nightmare.

    Cons

    Leadership wants to be surrounded by yes-men. No one wants to be honest about how they feel about their job or the products because they know they'll be fired. The company is now run by sales and marketing instead of product development, which is why the 5th Generation of MakerBot printers is such a joke. They look great. But they're not great. They're barely ok.

    Compensation is minimal. My manager didn't want to make a big deal about getting our department raises and when they finally put my salary at a number that sort of made sense he told me I should be so lucky. That's their whole attitude. You should be so lucky to even have a job.

    They had out "star awards" for extra special work done "above and beyond" what is being asked of employees. This means that they should be hard to get, and are for the most part. Except for when they aren't. Like when an HR employee got the largest available reward for something that sounded like her every day job. And HR hands out the awards, so is it really that shocking that they'd award themselves an extra $1000? They also have the ability to downgrade awards, so say your manager puts you in for the 2nd highest reward for something you did. They can read the description and even without having seen the work or completely understanding what it is you do on a daily basis, they can and do often decide to give you a smaller reward. Except of course, their own awards. It seems like every single time they've tried to create a morale boosting experience all it does is point out that only a handful of people matter or are worth a living wage here. Guess who won the talent show (that almost no one participated in because no one has time or energy for extra stuff around here)? HR. Yeah. That's right.

    Health insurance is ok. I'm mostly staying because of that. But I'm considering going back to bartending and taking my chances with Obamacare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect. Listen to their ideas. Pay them salaries that make sense, you can't play the "but we're a start-up" game when your CEOs are now making obscene amounts of money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    STAY AWAY

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Executive in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    No pros if you have to pick The View in the Kitchen thats it you get free bananas and apples ... not even a water cooler .

    you are not even allowed to use the printers during the day.

    Cons

    Pay is dirt might as well work at McDonalds do not fall for the work for 'MakerBot is great" you will NOT MAKE MONEY. the commission structure is a joke you will not make any money working here. The product does not work.
    They work you like dogs expect you to do everything you can to sell and then do not pay you. Find another sales job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES FAIRLY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Arrogant, brutal, and unfeeling to customers and employees

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales and Biz Dev in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales and Biz Dev in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, at least before they burn out and leave. Talented people are drawn to the promise of 3D printing and are usually a joy to work with outside of work.

    Cons

    The pay, senior management and the top leadership are all abysmal. The customer is treated with contempt, and employees beneath that and it shows very quickly after one begins work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a conscience. Fix the products. If you can't give the time and money for your talented staff to make good products, then be grownup enough to pay for the support that the malformed products require.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    ........Nothing to Write Home About. Ever.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    I met amazing people here and drank some great water, so I'd say the only good things about working here are the people and the fact that there's running water. Thanks goes out to Facilities and the City of New York!

    Cons

    I think it's pretty clear from the reviews below that the compensation is nothing to write home about, but I have to say one of the biggest reasons that makes working here so awful is how they undervalue the majority of their employees. I can't speak for all departments, but this is especially the case in Marketing. Marketing Leadership is pompous and ineffectual. More time is spent talking about the state of the bathrooms and yelling at employees than fostering any real enthusiasm and creativity in that department.
    Also, for some positions here they have you responsible for work duties throughout the entire weekend after working a full-time week!. If you guys gave people better compensation or benefits for having to work 7 days a week, great, but you don't so wake up and smell the coffee. No one is going to stick around with that kind of treatment.
    It USED to be a fun, creative place to work and the fruit there actually USED to taste good, but now it's all gone downhill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees. Maybe if you guys did that in the first place, then your products would actually function.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Almost Better than Being Homeless.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot

    Pros

    I make slightly more than zero dollars a year.

    They've managed to hire some wonderful, intelligent and hard working people. Enjoy your co-workers while you can, because they'll soon be forced to find employment elsewhere due to poor working conditions and even poorer pay.

    They're making a lot of money abusing the goodwill and trust they've earned in the 3D printing community. Just check out Stratasys' quarterly reports.

    This is likely more of a con: but the work atmosphere is unprofessional. Which is nice if you have a beneficial relationship with an employee of some level of power.

    Makerbot is the smug, anti-consumer attitude of Apple combined with the hilarious Kafkaesque nightmare of Dilbert. This can be pretty amusing if you're not in a position to be affected by it.

    Cons

    Any review that wasn't written by HR (see: any review below four stars) is spot on.

    Leadership is incompetent at best, sadistic at worst. The lines of communication are thoroughly broken. If you are in a position where you need regular support from those working immediately above you, good luck, you're on your own.

    Unless you are a friend or relative of a Chief Something Or Other you will not make a living wage. There are limited to no opportunities for advancement.

    Poor work culture, an attitude of "You're lucky to work here and we will happily replace you with a cheap kid fresh out of school/some c-level employee's incompetent relative" permeates the atmosphere.

    You will probably be put in a position where failure is almost certain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suppose I have none, the company is making good money abusing its employees and consumer base. That is the goal of every expanding American corp.

    3D printing is going to become a truly competitive industry soon, make your money while you can. Makerbot will be left in the dust and you will end up on the wrong side of history.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 17 people found this helpful  

    I've quit better jobs than this!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Makerbot (more than an year)

    Pros

    We get fresh fruit once a week, I think.

    It's like a real life Dilbert cartoon.

    Lots of opportunity to learn cost down methods.

    Cons

    DO NOT EXPECT: training, professional development, enrichment, continuing education, career advancement or promotion. As Makerbot sees it "You are lucky to even work for us!" Consider this the red flag.

    Retaliation: any attempt to speak up against your manager is considered an offense. Even simple disagreements on technical matters are considered a strike on your record. Regardless if you are right or wrong, HR will be contacted and you will begin the road to termination. (Let's be serious there is no way any hastily hired manager can be wrong in a cutting edge tech industry in Makerbot's opinion!) It is the key reason our engineering department is a husk of itself. And subsequently, why our new products are garbage, citing the Amazon BUYER reviews to back up this claim.

    Makerbot time: The irony of an earlier post is that they forgot to fully define the term "Makerbot time". To quote the Simpsons in a true case of life imitating art, makerbot time is the wrong way just faster. Essentially, doing the work in the quarter of the time. Then because you skipped testing or lack understanding you break the whole system the following week. In turn, spending the following two weeks trying to fix your mistake.

    Product team: When product management is no longer proud of their developments; the end is near. As of mid-summer there are more product and project "managers" than engineers, which equates to not enough people creating. The team as a whole, can't not set a deadline and stick with it to save their lives. All of this coupled with weak leadership within the group; they are basically doomed.

    Marketing team: Marketing basically is nonexistent, no explanation and I don't understand how it's is possible.

    HR: The only skill they have is to fire subordinates who do not follow managers' orders. "When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail" describes this team perfectly. They may have minored in writing fake Glassdoor reviews; judging by the amount of short 5 start posts that lack to describe the "greatest work environment in my 20+ years."

    Politics: an autocracy. This is a requirement to play along if you want to remain employed, which forces everyone to silo up around their VP. Don't expect to be promoted unless you "know" a VP or C level.

    Coworkers: mostly fresh out of school. Anyone with >3 years out of school is probably wildly incompetent and/or took the position out of desperation. A lot of the previous reviews mention smart people being here, but that's just not true anymore. The product time lines are too aggressive and too complicated for the workforce.

    Pay: Expect 60% of market value. MakerBot takes the view that employees are just inputs and can find someone cheaper elsewhere. Open positions often go to the lowest "bidder" in terms of salary; which generates a lot of dead weight coworkers who you will be expected to carry on projects and incompetent managers who simply frustrate whole groups because they are only concerned about "preserving their great jobs in NYC."

    No performance reviews: when you negotiate salary, they say you'll be reviewed for a pay increase after your 90 days (or some other BS like that), and it never happens. Expect to take more responsibility with no pay or title increase because both of those instances would prove that an employee has value or that a manger can't handle their workload. There is almost no upward mobility, which extends to both our blue and white collar workers.

    90 day rule: you can be fired randomly in the first 3 months with little to no explanation. Management takes its at-will employment clause very seriously.

    Culture: Non-existent culture on good days and toxic on bad days. Constant blame game and finger pointing because it's easier to blame another department than yourself. At times it seems like a demilitarized zone when groups conflict and everyone choses sides. Those who do not speak up or point the blame, take the fall for poor products or features. No work life balance. The work place is volatile day to day, never sure when a colleague will out right quit or be fired with out any notification to the rest of the team/ group.

    You should only want to work here if:
    1 - You are fresh out of school.
    2 - Your parents work here and hired you.
    3 - You have a sugar daddy/mamma and want to hang out with engineers.
    4 - You are homeless and need place to be during the day.
    5 - You owe people money; a lot of money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't manage what you don't know! Just one engineer in the C-suite, which shows in the problems of our new products (well documented in our product reviews on Amazon and Makerbot operators - Google group). Too many misaligned goals from the buyout. And too much time daydreaming while watching the Steve Jobs movie instead of providing vision and building culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 11 people found this helpful  

    Clueless management and depressed employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people who work here are great

    Cons

    I don't know where to start. This company could care less about it's employees or it's customers. Leadership is doing their best to sell products that are not ready for production so that they can get that big check from Stratsys in December. Congratulations, the numbers are great! You only alienated your entire staff and customer base.

    Meanwhile, employee salaries are almost criminally low. If they could find a way to lower our salaries, they would do it in a heart beat. They have no interest in long term employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. You've done great for yourselves. Congrats!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 14 people found this helpful  

    Underpaid and overworked. Focused on sales and marketing for a product that barely works.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Access to 3D printers.
    Some extremely talented people, but overall, even they are few and far between.
    Some 'clout' for working in high-tech.

    Cons

    Since MakerBot was acquired by Stratasys in 2013 the company has solely been focused on meeting sales goals. The 'earnout' is all about the people at the top trying to make as much money as possible before Stratasys takes over. They will do anything to sell more sub-par, borderline broken products, just to make more money before they lose control over the company.

    The company has seen tremendous growth in the last few years growing to almost 600. But most of those hires are very young, inexperienced, and underpaid. Instead of growing the sales and marketing teams, they should have hired better engineers. The 5th Generation printers barely work....just read the customer reviews on Amazon. Everyone who works at MakerBot knows this. The customer support team is drowning in customer complaints and leadership's response is to make contacting MakerBot and returning printers as difficult as possible.

    The company prides itself on being cheap. They expanded offices to an extremely desolate, inconvenient section of Sunset Park. "Building One" is situated between the BQE, Costco, and a street where truckers pickup prostitutes. They moved all of the developers, engineers, and product people to this location, while sales, marketing, business, and leadership stayed in the nice offices in Downtown Brooklyn. The few "leadership" roles who have offices at Building 1 only spend a few days at most down in the new offices.

    Most people at MakerBot are extremely unhappy. The reviews here are spot on. The few positive reviews are clearly written by "leadership" and HR. Most people are either looking for work or are hanging on because they are passionate about 3D printing. But even the passionate ones are vocally unhappy.

    Consider yourself warned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your teams to meet mutual goals. Pay people what they deserve. Ask your teams for their input. Don't just bark ridiculous deadlines and accept a mediocre product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 15 people found this helpful  

    Absent New Leadership, No Hope For MakerBot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    3D printing is an important technology and you get to be part of it all.

    You'll work with some of the finest people you'll ever meet. So many people at MakerBot are unhappy because of their jobs, so you will quickly obtain good drinking buddies.

    The widespread unhappiness will reassure you that you're not the problem.

    Free fruit?

    Cons

    What reason do you have for joining a company? To further your career? To work on making and selling great products? To pull down a decent paycheck? To work in a fun, open environment with great perks? MakerBot fails on every one of these points.

    -Unless you have a personal connection to someone in a leadership position, there is no career path for you here. Few employees are truly empowered to make a difference, most are hamstrung by leadership. It’s likely that you won’t be with the company long enough to see a pay increase, let alone get a major promotion.

    -Well meaning engineers are limited by poor product planning and are forced to make compromises in quality so that MakerBot can make a few more bucks per unit sold. Marketing is forced to outright deceive customers, completely divorcing themselves from reality in order to sell a few more units or generate a few more leads. Salespeople are not allowed to use the products they sell, because they wouldn’t be able to make a sales pitch with confidence if they saw how poorly they functioned. Support staff is overworked and morale is low because customers are sold products that are known to fail at rates higher than any sane company would allow.

    -Salaries across the board have always been insultingly low, even after the merger. If you work in the corporate office, grab a free banana and enjoy the view. It’s the only perk you’ll receive. If you work in the factory, put that banana down and get back to work.

    Decisions made by leadership for the past year have been obsessively focused on making short-term gains in order to meet sales goals related to performance-based earn-out bonuses, the vast majority of which would go to them. As it turns out, when you rush three products to market before they are ready, people tend to return them and demand their money back!

    That's the kind of poor, reckless leadership you’ll experience at MakerBot, and it trickles down to every department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees: When MakerBot succeeds, do you see any of the reward? When MakerBot fails, will anyone be advocating for you? You can be your own advocate, right now, and seek new employment.

    MakerBot: You are a large, publicly traded company. Start acting like one, and stop blaming every problem on "growing pains."

    Stratasys: You’ve acquired a toxic asset. MakerBot is completely disorganized and lacks the leadership to develop, produce, and market a product that is up to your standard of quality. Send a strong message to your shareholders that you take your $600m investment seriously. Remove the President and CEO immediately so they can’t do any further damage, then work your way down the org chart. Scrutinize every VP, Director, and Manager, review every policy, audit every process. Make the organizational changes necessary to bring accountability and professionalism to MakerBot.

    Please save this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 14 people found this helpful  

    Definitely think twice.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You quickly learn how to survive in New York on half your previous job's salary.

    That said, you'll gain an amazing support network of people to collaborate on finding new jobs with.

    Cons

    Things you won't find here: clear vision, inspiring leaders, a career path, pride in your work.

    You WILL, however, get the worst of both start-up and corporate cultures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After bungling responses to legitimate complaints about incompetent bosses, borderline illegal accounting practices, and sexual harassment, by retaliating against those who speak up, I suppose you can't really go any lower?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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