Universal Laser Systems – Scottsdale, AZ
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I worked at Universal Laser Systems full-time (More than 3 years)
I always enjoyed my time at Universal Laser. I would go back to work there in a second. Compared to other companies for whom I have worked, the environment was laid back. I found the senior management pretty approachable on a one to one basis and always felt like my ideas would at least be considered. I realize I can't always be right, but I never thought it fair for others to play armchair quarterback and dispute every decision made at the company. I read the company started in a garage and has grown pretty well since then and seems to have glowingly survived the economic crash. I think a few bad decisions will happen, but by and large it is obvious some pretty good decisions have been made as well.
It sickens me to see that people have taken to this forum to tell a one sided, jaded story with what seems like little understanding of what the work force is like. I see one person complaining about paying $950 a month for insurance. Welcome to the post “Obama care” world. I have teacher friends, who we all know make very little, that pay more for their families per month. These programs are less comprehensive and cost more out of pocket. Insurance is expensive now, as well as required. Get over it. If you have worked somewhere more than a year and never had a review or evaluation by your immediate manager, you should ask for one. Everyone manages differently. I got a review when I asked for it. I had my pay reviewed as well because I asked for it. It was like this at two other companies I worked for. Sometimes the process just isn't in place yet. Universal Laser is like any other company. They don’t want to lose valuable employees and will work to keep you. The only reason I left is because the offer I received somewhere else was not capable of being matched. My manger certainly made offers to get me stay.
Advice to Management
Make the best decisions you can and keep the company growing. Some day I may want to come back and I want to see the company in better shape than when I left. There are good people working there and great products being developed. Always remember good people are worth holding onto.