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Amazing potential...going down the drain.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Makerbot full-time

Pros

The work environment is great -- when you'd not being blindsided by incompetent, reactive calls from the top.

First off, the company basically created the market for 3d printers aimed at consumers. They were the first to offer a 3d printer priced within reach of average people; now there's a thriving market segment which does just that. Starting a whole new market (ok, segment of a market) sets some really high expectations, and is quite exciting.

Second, MakerBot's staff were (and the ones that remain still are) without exception the best team I have ever had the pleasure of working with. The average worker there is exceptional -- if not totally brilliant, then tenacious, driven, and quality-minded. This applies to both the original team and the more experienced crew who succeeded them after the first round of people were pushed out.

Getting things done there was also a pleasure -- most processes are lean, and there's not too much bureaucracy, at least compared to a large company. People were amazingly positive for the most part. At times, this was certainly the best job of my career. People liked to have fun when they weren't working hard...and often when they were.

Cons

The downsides, unfortunately, have come to outweigh the positives. Top management, especially the CEO, are in a desperate, reactive mode that threatens to destroy the company.

The worst thing is their attitude towards employees. A lot of MakerBot's previous job postings would append "-bot" to the end of the job title to be cutesy. Unfortunately, this seems to belie their understanding of employees -- it's as if they think that people should actually be treated as robots. That is: paid very little, replaced without much thought, and never listened to. It's as if they really don't understand that a company _is_ its employees -- especially a company with a team as amazing as the one at MakerBot.

MakerBot has had a very high turnover, which is absolutely unnecessary considering how great much of the experience is. Someone else here has used the term "toxic" to describe the work environment -- that is, unfortunately, the exact word for it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Value your employees and community. Rein in the Founder/CEO before he destroys everything; he's in way over his head.

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    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Leading edge technology - in a developing marketplace. Opportunities everywhere.

    Cons

    Crazy startup, lots going on, growing like mad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course - hang on and great things are coming your way

    Recommends
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    toxic workplace.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people doing the work.
    3D printing is the future.

    Cons

    I've been here less than a year, but here goes:

    We just launched a new product yet morale is at an all-time low - and the top brass doesn't even know that's the reality, or refuses to confront it.

    Very little respect for their own community and their own employees. Complete sense of entitlement from the top brass in every interaction between company and people.

    CEO is like others have said way way in over his head. He's paranoid about everyone, that they're out to get him, and completely impulsive about every single aspect of the company and the products. He won't acknowledge his shortcomings, instead he prefers to pretend to know what he's doing.

    He hired his father to run the marketing team. It's very weird.

    CEO has over inflated ego that is constantly fed by everyone at the company all the time. He's bought into his own BS and acts like he's Steve Jobs. He's definitely not.

    Work environment is completely paranoid - people are let go constantly with little regard. Blame is always on the employees without any sincere explanations, and often leads to impulsive firings.

    Management never looks inwards for -their dissatisfaction - of employee's work, expectations, and reporting structure.

    Expectation that you should be extremely grateful for even having a job at all- especially at this company. That only goes so far.

    No longer a startup - gone corporate, but without the trappings, only the pitfalls.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    what's there to say? This can't work long term, but maybe you don't care about the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
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