Universal Electronics (CA) Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Universal Electronics (CA) Chairman and CEO Paul D. Arling
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  1. Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people and atmosphere at Universal Electronics are great. The team is small and the work is fast paced, and there are interesting technologies to work on.

    Cons

    Upper management (VP+) spends a lot of time micro-managing at low levels (individual contributor level) which can lead to frustration on the part of the team. The pay is below industry averages, and even salaried employees have to punch a time card every day.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the time tracking for salaried employees and bring the pay level up to par with other companies.


  2. A little set in their ways but OK place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong financials
    Dedicated employees
    Good benefits
    Bonus structure with regular payouts

    Cons

    Not very willing to change
    Inflexible management
    Draconian financial monitoring
    Micromanagement at some Sr levels

    Advice to Management

    Work to make the environment more open and be willing to take more risk for future reward.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Typical medium sized company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cypress, CA

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits: low premium health insurance. profit sharing. company matched 401k to 7.5 % of salary
    People: except few, friendly environment

    Cons

    No real room for growth
    can be monotonous

    Advice to Management

    try cross training employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Flexible work environment, but lacks quality engineers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Cypress, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Cypress, CA

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * There is quite a bit of flexibility in how and where the work is done, as long as it is completed in a timely manner.
    * The pay is average/decent, although I can't speak for others at the company.

    Cons

    * Managment is often unaware of the difference between "quality" of engineering versus "quantity". That is, they believe that throwing more engineers on a job, can get it done faster. However many of these engineers are right out of college and located thousands of miles away in India, which makes joint development projects difficult at best.
    * Amount of vacation time stinks, it takes 5 years with the company to get the 3rd week.

    Advice to Management

    * Look for quality engineers only, and when one is hired that can't cut the mustard, let them go.


  6. Not a great place to work, but an opportunity to work with latest technologies in consumer electronics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to latest technologies in consumer electronics, especially universal remote controls

    Cons

    Unhealthy work environment
    Lack of clear-cut direction in what one should work for

    Advice to Management

    Have more faith on DRs


  7. convert career path

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    this is a common company and can learn something, then can convert to other big company to get more salary.

    Cons

    this is a small company for there are many operator needed there. Just like a factory, so need less engineers.

    Advice to Management

    this company should have more meeting to make employees to communicate their skills and know every one's progress and performance.



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