Advantech Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
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  1. Embedded Computing - great organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Advantech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Culture. Very "sales" oriented - if there is a qualified opportunity, you will get all the support and resources you need in order to get the job done. Great Brand - you should get a look at most opportunities that warrant an embedded solution.

    Cons

    Product availability, delivery, and (in some rare cases) quality can be an issue. Internal competition between divisions is stifling and counter productive.

    Advice to Management

    Offer a competitive 401k matching program with a vesting period as an incentive for employee retention.
    Upgrade CRM system to enable customer analytics and propensity to buy.

  2. Work hard....and then work even harder for the same pay.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Assistant in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Advantech full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a very stable company, and somewhere you can choose to stay for decades and decades, as some of the employees have chosen to do. The company is very conservative and because of this, has not had any layoffs or problems. Little bonuses are given every quarter if the company profits, holiday parties and office events held frequently.

    Cons

    Because they are conservative, the pay is below market price. Benefits are not that great and are very expensive. 401k funds aren't high-performing. Office politics is high and the company works like small companies fighting with each other, rather than one team together. Employee dynamics aren't that great since many don't speak English - communication is a huge problem. Hiring is questionable. Micro-management style is apparent throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Spoil your employees a little, they work hard!

  3. Work here at your own risk.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Advantech full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Everyone here is overworked and underpaid, so through these things alone you will be able to bond with colleagues across all departments. Standing up for one's self in the face of adversity and mistreatment by management is not supported by HR, regardless if you have document proof of abuse.

    Cons

    - Poor pay
    - Mind games by management
    - Overworked
    - No programs in place to help further employee education
    - NO TRAINED HR PERSONNEL AT THIS LOCATION
    - No clear path for advancement within the company

    Advice to Management

    Put merit behind your words and empower your employees. Lead by example - not by fear and mind games.

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  5. Who's in charge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Advantech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of freedom when you are a field sales person.

    Cons

    Multiple managers with conflicting agendas leaving an unidentified role of who is in charge. Middle management is given no authority or direction of what they are to manage other than declare quotas and tracking.
    Product line on the industrial side is not current with market competitors. Does not appear to be much investment in new development.

    Advice to Management

    Clear roles of responsibility and authority need to be defined so to avoid confusion over who has authority over what. Otherwise, no one takes action.

  6. Advantech

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Advantech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. World largest IPC manufacturer
    2. High brand awareness to the market
    3. Strong growth with positive business vision

    Cons

    1. Conservative salary policy
    2. Hard working culture

  7. Helpful (1)

    Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Advantech full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Stable career, minimum overtime, respect employees

    Cons

    Low pay, busy, many tasks

  8. OK place to work, everything is just ok nothing too surprising, people are nice

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Advantech full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Friendly Co-Worker
    -Good Environment
    -Sufficient Resources
    -Fast-Pace working environment
    -Flexible Work Time

    Cons

    -Horrible Lead Time on products
    -Expensive products
    -BIG BIG Quota to achieve

    Advice to Management

    Good job with the management

  9. A typical Taiwai company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Advantech

    Pros

    Easy communication for Mandarin speaker
    Social event every year

    Cons

    Long OT, intense workload
    Low pay

  10. A long time employee who has grown with the company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Advantech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Advantech has been steadily growing for the past thirty years, even through the recessions. They tend to hire talented employees that are easy to get along with. They are above average with benefits. They also offer tuition reimbursement if you choose to better yourself. They are a competitive company and a leader in the industry.

    Cons

    It can be a challenge working with headquarters in Taiwan from U.S. subsidiaries. Time change, and language barriers can get a bit frustrating at times. Best to join Advantech U.S. with some prior experience from another company. Many positions can be very demanding and it will help with your pay.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Ok as a stepping stone

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Advantech full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Advantech could be considered an 800 lb gorilla in the industrial computing space among other Taiwan based HW companies with offices in the US. You do get to work with same big names in the industry.

    Cons

    The pay is definitely below average, but its not too bad compared to other Taiwanese based hardware companies.

    Management expects you to long work hours as that its the culture in Taiwan regardless if you really need to do that to finish your work

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your people

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