Great stepping stone company for those just leaving school
3D Printing Engineer (Former Employee) – Long Island, NY – September 17, 2018
This is a great place to gain some experience in the production field but don't expect to do anything related to engineering. They teach you everything you need to know for the job and competent workers should be able to master the job within two months. Don't expect any upwards mobility but also a very relaxed work environment.
Cell Lead (Current Employee) – Long Island City, NY – August 26, 2018
Shapeways has undergone many leadership changes. Even with this we have been successful. The new CEO is on the right track. There have been layoffs and also tightening the reins on our expenses. This is a good and bad thing. The company is in a phase where we are desperately trying to make a profit. It takes its toll on employees. It might be beneficial to apply to this company in a year or two when all the finances are taken care of.
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.
Front-End Web Engineer (Former Employee) – New York, NY – February 7, 2017
I enjoyed working at Shapeways. The people were very smart and fun to work with. A strong engineering culture that does a decent job at balancing platform maintenance with moving fast on new feature development. The product is very cool and has the potential to really change the world of manufacturing and design. The products are also very complicated from an engineering perspective, there is a TON to learn here even if you are fluent in 3D printing generally. They are running a business that is one part Amazon, one part high-tech manufacturer, one part CAD software developer. This is both exciting and can be quite overwhelming. I started at Shapeways just after having my first child and I had a hard time keeping up with the pace that they wanted me to grow at while managing being a new father. I put in a lot of long hours trying to get up to the performance levels they wanted but ultimately wasn't able to keep up and had to leave the company. There is a good level of communication between departments and individuals in the company, nothing feels siloed and stakeholders rarely act defensively which is a huge boon to collaboration. Occasionally I saw some overriding of team decision making by executives, but honestly fairly little of that. There is a strong culture of sharing knowledge. Overall a fun company to work for and I learned a lot.
great people, cutting edge tech, Free lunch on Fridays, company funded employee organized happy hours with interesting themes, $100 per quarter per employee for printing using shapeways service, ping pong and foosball tables
healthcare cost sharing was less favorable than previous job, frequently shifting project management methodology, very fast pace
Materials Product Manager / Industrial Engineering (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 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.