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SharkNinja Reviews

Updated 14 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Fast paced and ever-changing environment" (in 20 reviews)

  • "The bonus structure, holiday party, product discounts, free food trucks in the summer, etc" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "not very good work life balance, final decisions seemed to be more at the whim of upper management" (in 20 reviews)

  • "No work/life balance in any group" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    not bad, progression doesn't exist however.


  2. "Sharkninja as a coop"

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    Current Employee - EE Coop in Needham, MA (US)
    Current Employee - EE Coop in Needham, MA (US)

    I have been working at SharkNinja full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, fun, free breakfast on fridays

    Cons

    EE department is isolated

  3. "Need improvement"

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    Former Employee - CSR in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - CSR in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SharkNinja full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They pay well and good benefits stable work and good people in general. On site fitness classes are offered at no charge.

    Cons

    Management needs to be improved and over the last few years micromanaging has become the norm. They give employees discounts on products but items are never available in Montreal. Forced to work extra hours with no componsation.

    Advice to Management

    Trust you're employees and stop micromanaging. Stop saying things to keep employees happy and not deliver on promises. Don't tell employees to ask for help and then ignore them when they do.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Start Up Feel"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SharkNinja full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced and ever-changing environment. If you're ok with both, you will do great and have a lot of opportunity to move around within the company and learn a lot.

    The people here are awesome. Everyone is so nice and want to help each other where they can. This really helps make the company.

    Cons

    Turn over is high, but because of the above. Again, if you're not ok with a fast paced environment and dealing with change, this isn't the place for you and people find out very quickly whether this is what they want.


  5. "Electrical Engineering Co-Op"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Newton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Newton, MA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SharkNinja full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, fun people, good perks

    Cons

    Stressful, too much pressure, too much burreacracy


  6. Helpful (4)

    "If you have family life don’t come"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SharkNinja full-time

    Pros

    Salary a little better than average

    Cons

    No life only your project, not a long term career


  7. "Friendly environment"

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    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in Saint-Laurent, QC (Canada)
    Recommends

    I have been working at SharkNinja (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people , i was a great experience

    Cons

    not much , just poor supervision

  8. Helpful (22)

    "Toxic in virtually every way"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Needham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President Engineering in Needham, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building, free parking, good onsite gym, lots of smart people who have also been suckered into working there

    Cons

    Unclear expectations and lack of process leads to ridiculous schedules, horrible management and no help from HR for employee onboarding or training in any way.

    Sharkninja is by far the worst place I've ever worked. I took an engineering management job there with the highest of hopes, despite reading dozens of horrible reviews on Glassdoor. I bought into the lines from the HR team during the recruiting process ("we're changing the culture", "you're going to be part of the change", etc.) and decided to give it a shot because I heard they were going to invest in some innovative new IoT-connected products. Big mistake.

    The President (Mark B) and CEO (Mark R) conduct weekly or even sometimes daily product review sessions with the entire team for a particular product. The team is tasked wth creating a giant PowerPoint deck and sharing the current status of every details with "the Marks" who spend their time rolling their eyes in disgust or whispering to each other before lambasting the employee, no matter what level, tenure or role the person has in the company. I've seen then rip apart an employee who had been on the job for 4 days but was thrust into giving the Mark & Mark update. The guy didn't even know where the bathroom was yet. These product review sessions are often rescheduled multiple times due to the Mark & Mark schedule, so you have 20,30 or 40 people sitting around (sometimes for hours at a time) waiting for the meeting. It's a horrendously inefficient use of very expensive people's time.

    There is NO training. None. Everyone is too busy to help you get adjusted to the job or company and you are expected to just know what to do. Being a smart person who'd done the job before, sometimes you can find your way through but then again, the Marks might think you should be doing something completely different. So any work you are doing might be completely for naught. Many people work there and have zero job descriptions and have no feedback from their management chain - so you just work on what you THINK is important and then wait to get ripped apart in some Mark & Mark review session.

    Sharkninja pretends that they are "agile". While they move at a very rapid pace, it is mostly due to the petulant pendulum changes due to the whim of the Marks. They decide they don't like the shape of a part on a vacuum and all of a sudden, the whole team is redesigning it, trying to change machining on factories in China, etc. This wastes time, resources, money and burns out the Engineering and Quality teams. In truth, the company rarely writes anything down in the way a professional product development company would - so the concept of agile is really just that - a concept but no one there really understands agile & scrum so it's just lip service.

    Sharkninja was bought last Fall by a Chinese Private Equity firm. Any hope of it becoming a fun, rewarding place to work went out the window when that transaction was signed. I am sure there are aggressive earn-outs for Mark and Mark - thus they are driving the company to just deliver more and more product with less resources.

    From a market opportunity perspective, the company is lagging others in both the vacuum and kitchen markets. Shark released a robot vac last year and it is not even listed in any reviews anymore - so basically that market is now iRobot only (with a small slice for Neato). Shark has no innovative products coming down the Pike. They are a copy-cat org and the reality is that there are plenty of Asian copycat product companies that do it better than Sharkninja at half the price.

    If you're desperate for a job, go ahead and join but get yourself a rock-solid contract ahead of time - one with a strong severance plan if/when Mark & Mark decide they don't like you. If you have any other options, take them and laugh when you read another 100 horrible employee reviews on SharkNinja.

    Advice to Management

    Hire professional managers. Stop being the Product Owner for every product and trust your managers and professionals to do their jobs.


  9. "Shipping and Receiving Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast growing company. Good building with free coffee, tea inside. Lot of fun as food trucks, family day, Cristmas party

    Cons

    Bad managers on my experience, rude and unprofessional. Supposed to be friend or relative of someone in the company to get better position.


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Zero stars"

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    Former Employee - Management in Needham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Management in Needham, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice new headquarters, tech and adjustable desks. The salary is good, but that is about it. Some of the products are good.

    Cons

    Leadership is horrible. Sexist and bigotry across the board. Employees driven by fear. The president often yells and leaves meetings like a precocious manchild. And rapid fires people because he feels like it, or he didn't like the way and executive review was going. He has a henchman that does his dirty work, because they are talentless in the managing people and have no idea what marketing is supposed to do. The Chief Culture Officer is about as PC as Donald Trump. The CEO has checked out now that he has been taken his payout from the Asian ownership. They promote and praise those that do as they say but have no instinct outside of the short term. These people have been promoted to levels above them, getting paid big money to just listen and do what he says. Many have returned because they can't survive a normal culture or were lured by money and the promises that are never delivered. Team management and people are a joke there. In fighting, back biting. Nepotism and unqualified executives are put in place because of who they know, not what they know. The president is so involved in the daily activities that he can't get out of his own way and has delayed many product launches based on his ego. He knows EVERYTHING. Very little diversity in upper management. Three restructures in two years. They have fired more than they have hired, and experienced people have been let go for no reason. They offer bonuses for employee hiring referrals because no one in their right mind should join this company. And once you are in, you aren't really "in." I saw at least 8 good leaders let go in less than two years. One was my manager. Long hours, no balance, not rewarded beyond what is on the offer letter. Not worth it if you value your social life or have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother, they don't listen.