Actiontec
2.2 of 5 8 reviews
www.actiontec.com Sunnyvale, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jan 30, 2014

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Actiontec President and CEO Dean Chang

Dean Chang

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17% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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not really a bad company to work at

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Actiontec full-time for less than a year

Prosnice people, good pay and smooth exit

Consyou need to bring your own cup for coffee/water
senior managers get their dinner boxes 30 mins earlier than others

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Unorganized

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I have been working at Actiontec full-time for more than a year

ProsFSA, HSA health benefits, better location

Consdisorganized work environment. Could be better if the management can handle it.

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Very bad place to work at

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Actiontec full-time

ProsWork variety, gym on site

ConsBad development environment, cheap, no growth or self development opportunities, bad company culture, no processes in place, no evaluation of employees, no motivation to success, poor IT support, bad people management

Advice to Senior ManagementAllow people the opportunity to grow within the company. Set up employees to success, not to failure. Create formal development process

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Actiontec full-time for more than a year

ProsGood team to work with.

ConsAll false promises by management.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop exploiting talented people who lacks knack of negotiating with cunning management.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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typical private company..

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Actiontec full-time for more than 3 years

Proshard to find pros....
Good to work for Chinese.

Consnot organized well.
less compensation

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to pay more attention to quality of employee.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A Terrible Place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I worked at Actiontec

ProsThere are some engineers that are good to work with.

ConsNot an environment to learn and grow. Management is incompetent. Management does not have a clue what to do. No vision, no innovation. There is poor team work. There is no project management at all levels of the company. Expect a lot of micromanagement. Expect to get blamed for management’s bad decisions and mistakes. No clear directions on the projects. Expect to work long hours with very little time left for your personal life. Do not expect any recognition. Your accomplishments will be claimed by someone in management without giving you any credits. Reward is by politics not by performance.

The company hires freely, but fires just as freely. There are more fires than lay offs. Don't accept a job at Actiontec, you will be very sorry.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be innovative. Improve the quality of the existing products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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an okay place to stay a few years for an engineer, but not too long.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Sunnyvale, CA

I have been working at Actiontec

ProsIt's a small company. You can learn a lot of things.

ConsIt's not an innovative place. Management is bad. Lack of communication.

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your engineers better. Trust them more. Stop spending money building talent for other companies.

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It's 12 pm now... No overtime, but we need this 14 hour project done today.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Actiontec

ProsA lot of the people that you get to work are really great. You just have to make sure that said people are in your line of work, and you also have to know how to learn fast without any help because ...

Cons... Because it's not an environment for learning anything. If they put you on a new project, expect to know very little of how to accomplish it, and even less of what the end result should be. There's a lack of project management in nearly all aspects of the company, and very few people can say they know exactly what they are supposed to be doing.

Fully expect to give ideas and have them taken away from you with no actual credit given. Quite a bit of work will often be overlooked, no matter how good it is.

There's also a huge communication barrier between employees. Asking for help is pointless, and is just a waste of time as you won't get it. Even basic questions are often gone unanswered. Some will use terms and acronyms that nobody else has ever heard of, but they fully expect you to know them. Some just can't speak English that well, so you'll be struggling to figure out what they're saying more than working on what needs to be done. There are many levels of inner circles, some even existing within the same department which makes it highly difficult to finish projects in a timely manner, and making it even more difficult to figure out what's supposed to be going on.

In addition, there are plenty of times where unrealistic goals are set. Such that you could never achieve them in the time limit provided. And also expect the line in the contract "other duties as required," to be used with extreme prejudice. The chances of just doing "your job" are slim to none.

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what you're doing with this company, and then hire the right people for the job. Quit being so cheap. You can't expect someone with years of experience to take a massive pay cut to come work for you. Try to be innovative, or at least hire someone with innovation, or your company will be swept under the rug by companies looking at the future. And concentrate and making sure your products actually fully work, are easy to use, and of good build quality before putting them out there because you're losing reputation by not doing it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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