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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 (less than an 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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  1. 14 people found this helpful  

    Worker bee

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    Current Employee - Maker Maker in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Maker Maker in Brooklyn, NY (US)

    I have been working at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    health insurance for everyone, interesting company, free lunch on friday, innovative

    Cons

    little loyalty to employees, contracts of employment are very restrictive, lunch is usually pretty lame, never any drinks either. impulsive management, little transparency to staff, low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be nice to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    The talent is leaking out.

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

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

    Pros

    Health plans are pretty good.
    Work environment is jovial, with a touch of job fatalism.
    Free fruit, but only if you're early.
    Interesting coworkers, until they move on and upwards in their careers.
    3D printers everywhere, and if one has been repaired recently, it might even work!
    Being a part of something that is pretty likely to get at least a side-note in some history book.
    Resources are available for personal development, if you're in the right department or seen as valued.

    Future product roadmaps look much less terrible than the current product. But they looked good in 2013, too...

    Cons

    Some of my Pros have disclaimers.
    HR is seen as scary, manipulative, and more a foe than a friend.
    The "absolutely everyone hates the company" attitude assumed by all non-manager employees. It's toxic, and rapidly assimilates any new employee.
    Pay is below market average pretty much across the board, and leadership has almost flatly stated this is not changing.
    Pep-talks given by the CEO (Jenny Lawton) in which she reaffirms our commitment to a "minimum viable product."
    Really awful Flavia instant coffee.
    Office politics, with a side dish of nepotism.
    Facilities are in "historic" buildings, and undergoing construction.
    Office rules that are both poorly communicated and intrusive to getting work done.
    Having expertise is not seen by managers as a reason to be listened to.
    Impossible to correct, arbitrary project planning decisions.

    The 5th generation models were shipped prematurely, and have been consumer-hostile nightmares. Quality is less important than being shippable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am deeply dissatisfied with the "leadership." My perception is that their first and foremost priority has been ladder climbing and pocket-lining for the last two years. They were quite successful, at quite the cost to anyone foolish enough to stick around. I honestly don't know what to say other than "please see yourself out." Leadership is of course not going to read this, and unlikely to take on any changes that make them less profit.

    See about matching the compensation and amenities of, say, any reasonable non-startup tech company. Stop pretending it's an honor to be an employee, and pay a market rate, or this company will continue to leak what talent it has ever had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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