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Updated 15 July 2017
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Pros
  • MakerBot employees are fiercely passionate about what they do- if you want to work with top talent in the 3D printing industry, this is the place to be (in 24 reviews)

  • The Product: We have an amazing product line of 3D printers created by some incredibly bright, and creative people (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • No accountability from upper management (in 17 reviews)

  • crap product that's still going through a lot of growing pains (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Rotten"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I gained lot's of experience in a short amount of time due to every product being rushed out the door broken. There was never a shortage of things to fix in the avalanche of incompletely developed machines put out by this company.

    Cons

    I don't blame the employees, but the leadership for backing the company into a corner by selling Stratasys a blatant lie. Or maybe the Stratasys heads just heard what they wanted to hear, I wasn't in the room. Stratasys of course is run by the ruthless Object which was determined to see a return on their investment no matter the human cost. Basically a situation of jumping from the frying pan into the fire.

    Pay is of course well below market and the hours you'll be expected to work are outrageous.

    Advice to Management

    There's really nothing left to save. It'd probably be a piece of mercy to those left if you shuttered the operation and simply applied the brand elsewhere.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Biggest mistake you can make"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Your co-workers in your department are fantastic people. You get to print at most times when you're free. When the printers works at the office that is.

    Cons

    Literally anything and everything else about this company. If you have a voice against products that need work, expect to get laid off. Company has no problems laying people off at any moment. Management is horrible at communicating with each other which causes confusion among the other employees. Trust me, it's not worth the pain.

    Advice to Management

    Don't punish your employees for having a voice when all they want to do is improve the company. For the love of all heck, stop just laying off people. Your image is bad enough as is.


  3. Helpful (12)

    "Don't Do It To Yourself. Don't Work Here."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who you work with are absolutely amazing.
    Work/Life balance

    Cons

    How the hell are you going to layoff 30 percent of the company in ONE DAY with no warning. The higher ups knew that layoffs were coming and either left the sinking ship or were content with staying, taking a pay raise, and just firing folks.

    Also, the only way you got a pay raise was because people were laid off. Your pay raise is really hush money to stay, not based on actual personal merit.

    Advice to Management

    Quit lying to yourselves that you actually know how to run a company. All you know how to do is destroy a really interesting idea and destroy peoples lives.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice view
    Snacks (Sometimes)
    Some talented employees
    Good work life balance

    There were lots of good employees at makerbot, but nearly all decisions were made by a select few that thought they understood more than everyone else

    Cons

    Terrible Upper Management
    Little to no promotions
    Zero recognition
    Layoffs around bonus time
    Depressing atmosphere
    If you are fortunate enough to get through the hiring process in less than a few months expect low pay and no room to grow

    Advice to Management

    Get a CEO that makes decisions others agree with and understands the company
    If you direly need more engineers and say you are actively hiring them, don't take 12 months to do so
    Know the names of more than 10% of the staff
    Leading an Adware company doesn't make you a software expert


  6. Helpful (10)

    "True Dissappointment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Makerbot has an inspiring company history. I was thrilled by the opportunity to work on projects that were part of the game-changing heritage of the company. Among other things, these were the upsides:

    - Had acceptable benefits, but somewhat low pay.
    - Chance to work on some large-scale technology.
    - Really creative community around the company's products.
    - Cool office with stellar NYC view.

    Cons

    Frequent mass layoffs, as well as a virtually directionless company infrastructure, caused confusion, frustration and constant low morale. By the time I myself was laid off (which was done with no official warning other than casual office rumors), along with a large percentage of the company's intelligent, talented staff, most of the people I worked with were already looking for other jobs due to the miserable day-to-day of working there. Negatives included:

    - Frequent layoffs, with no warning.
    - No real plan, with increasingly dismal vibes all around.
    - Technical debt on an abysmal scale.
    - Very poor people skills; teams don't even meet in person at times, and some managers might as well be robots in terms of personality.
    - Look out for "all hands" meetings; you never know when it might be to ax some sizable percentage of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people rather than assets. Consider layoffs to be a mark of shame. Come up with a plan, and don't penalize your employees for lacking one. Stop making bad tech worse without investing the time to correct past mistakes.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Petty, Dreadful Work Env with Confused Mgmt"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot full-time

    Pros

    Free 3D printing for all employees.

    Cons

    Two rounds of layoffs in 2015 alone, god knows what happened after I left. Both times, they were actively interviewing up until the day before the layoffs. Very unstable and confused leadership. Team lead is extremely petty and unprofessional and did not foster a good team environment/culture - made it awkward/downright uncomfortable to ask questions, blatantly played favorites, was unhelpful to the point where it became problematic and blocked work progress. Pay was ok but not really up to market norms.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and choose better team leads, maybe then you wouldnt have such an abysmal turnover rate and awful culture.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Assembly Team Member"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Team Member
    Former Employee - Assembly Team Member
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with for production.

    Cons

    Forced more work and low pay.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Plagued by mismanagement, stay away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy access to 3D printing technology

    Cons

    Constant anxiety with a constant risk of a mass layoff (see recent massive downsizing).


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Only if you're desperate for work"

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    Former Employee - Support Specialist in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Support Specialist in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ping Pong Table
    Pool Table
    Knowledgeable employees

    Cons

    High turnover
    Bare Bones Benefits
    No room for growth unless you dedicate upwards of 5 years
    Horrible Management
    No accountability from upper management
    Company is doing everything in the interest of the investors... Their soul was sold a while ago

    Advice to Management

    Awesome job of making better salaries than everyone else at a dying company. Don't be greedy and stay too long... know when the time is right to jump ship.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Foot in the Door"

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    Former Employee - Inventory Auditor in Woodside, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Inventory Auditor in Woodside, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Makerbot (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good for newly graduate. Job is easy. Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Very low pay and lack of corporate structure. They hire not good people from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Hire workers with potentials and pay descent wage.


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