A lot of promise that never comes to fruition
Engineer (Former Employee) – Long Island City, NY – May 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.
Health Benefits, free lunch, vacation
Poor management, Not challenging, Not a career