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A lot of promise that never comes to fruition
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Long Island City, NYMay 18, 2017
The first thing you need to know about shapeways is that there is little to no engineering actually being done. Mostly it is manufacturing plastic parts, which you spend most of the day cleaning and sorting. You may get to work with the machines some and develop better processes for post production and inventory, but all of this becomes rather monotonous. It is an easy job but that being said it lacks any challenge or drive, leading to a lot of apathetic people who do the minimum to get by. You may even be chastised for working on innovative projects instead of spending all your time doing manual labor.

Growth is very limited, management is disjointed and generally lacking, raises are minimal at best. You have to work most major holidays (except christmas day)

On the positive side, it is a relaxed atmosphere, generally friendly staff, good amount of time off, free lunch with food that is not great but not bad.

All in all, a day job that looks good on a resume. Spend a year there and move on, (which most of the talented staff do) It is not a bad place but if you are driven and want to do something more than clean parts it is not for you.

It bills itself as a cutting edge engineering startup with lots of room to grow and shake things up, in reality it is a factory with unskilled labor driving it, not imagination and innovation.
Pros
Health Benefits, free lunch, vacation
Cons
Poor management, Not challenging, Not a career
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Productive workplace with fun people
Vendor Operations Manager (Former Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 27, 2017
The place is an amazing opportunity for anyone to go learn and thrive in the world of 3d printing. The best part of the job was that it attracted people from all the best areas.
Pros
ping pong, free lunches, laid back environment
Cons
Management didn't have it together sometimes.
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Fun place to work with lots of challenges and lots of bureaucracy
Engineer (Current Employee) –  New York, NYFebruary 10, 2017
A decade old "start-up" company still struggling with the growing pains of a new organization. The people at Shapeways are great -- the structure, bureaucracy, and lack of vision are not.
Pros
Free lunch, foosball
Cons
Compensation, leadership, lack of vision
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Independent Work
3D Model Designer (Current Employee) –  New York, NYMay 15, 2016
This job proved to be a great way to test my 3D thinking process. I acquired more experience with SolidWorks and Photoshop.
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Would not take this job if i had to do it over again
3D printing engineer (Current Employee) –  Long Island City, NYApril 25, 2016
Management is improving but has a long way to go. The work is very easy and repetitious. A fun culture but also very childish and immature. Have to watch your back and do not expect fair treatment.
Pros
free lunches. fun culture.
Cons
Very immature and nepotistic atmosphere.
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A little too much fun
Materials Product Manager / Industrial Engineering (Former Employee) –  New York, NYOctober 5, 2013
Lack of structure and management with no empathy or experience for their market. Yet their big egos means that doesnt matter to their decision making process. But they do get some good stuff done. Often deadlines are fuzzy in lieu of ping pong matches.
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