Aechelon Technology

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Aechelon Technology Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
14 Reviews
2.3
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Mind-numbing work

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    Current Employee - 3D Production Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Production Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aechelon Technology as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Sit-down office job, get to put on headphones
    Easy work

    Cons

    Really tedious. monotonous work everyday, plotting 3D trees/buildings for flight simulation
    They don't want people to talk to each other
    Can't laugh, tell jokes, or do anything
    No culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Godawful management from the top.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time

    Pros

    Talented people. But they are stuck at Aechelon.

    Cons

    There are employees here who are given carte blanche do say and do whatever they want. I have seen these people berate and yell at others who are not under their supervisory duties. They are allowed to do this because? I have no clue. I've seen people fired for far less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage people. Stop promoting bad behavior. Stop promoting kids straight out of college into managerial positions. And fire those who behave badly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Brainless work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 3D Production Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Production Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employees are caring and fun. All very talented and enthusiastic outside of work.

    Cons

    You're not allowed to talk to your peers, can't ask for advice or even joke about the weather. The entire place is gloomy and depressing. The work is strenuous on your wrists, yet they offer absolutely NO ergonomic equipment. There are many leads in this team, yet all of them look like they dislike being there which promoted no motivation whatsoever.
     I found it frustrating that one of the main leads would constantly get up and talk about her personal life (or whatever she felt like talking ) in the whereabouts of the office to other leads or other workers, yet we were not allowed to do so.

    No culture, and no manners. Pay is horrible for how expensive San Francisco is, the benefits were decent but it's not enough of an incentive to produce any good work.

    Work is boring and monotonous. They will find any excuse to let you go, so most of the employees are constantly in fear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, allow for a growth in office culture, your opinion isn't the only one that counts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company providing an important service.

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative group of people, exceptionally intelligent executive staff, creating cutting edge products.

    Cons

    Parking in the city can be a chore, however public transit is locally available and shuttle service is provided.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Production work mostly for simulation and serious games.

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    Former Employee - Geotypical Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Geotypical Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    No weekends and no long hours for non sallied employees. Co-workers were nice to work

    with convenient location. Breaks were given. CEO were open minded and

     friendly.

    Cons

    Low pay, directors not willing to take on new projects and technologies.Felt like my skills were

    not utilized.Middle management was hard to work with and stressed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more careful how you talk to your employees you come across as biased sometimes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    You are a replaceable cog in a machine, stay silent and work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The employees are creative, fun people. I don't think management is intentionally evil I just think they're socially inept and not able to realize their decisions create a toxic workplace that their employees dread coming to.

    Cons

    Where do I start? The 5 star reviews have to be from management, the entire 1.5 years I worked here all and I mean all of the employees would talk about how much they hated it and all were actively looking for a way out.

    You are strongly discouraged from talking, so even though you're surrounded by amazing people you only get to talk at lunch. If I'm going to spend more time with my co-workers than I do with my own family I'd like to be able to interact with them without my manager sending out a passive aggressive email "I guess you didn't understand me when I said to limit in office talking".

    The pay is horrible and to get a raise you have to wait around for 2-3 years.

    There is this antisocial atmosphere that permeates the building (created by management), a feeling that you are replaceable and can be fired at any time, for any reason. They use negative reinforcement and scare tactics to get work done.

    You are not allowed to bring a +1 to company parties. So no one gets to know anyone in your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees like humans and respect them, they are making the products that keep your company alive. You are the problem, if you were comfortable leading and not so awkward the office environment would be far less toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    I would never suggest anyone to work here.

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    Former Employee - 3D Production Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Production Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I met incredibly gifted people here whose talents weren't put to use and the health benefits were excellent.

    Cons

    Too many downsides to list, but this isn't the place to grow, be creative or have an opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To list a few: change the company culture, make employees feel like their ideas matter, and increase the pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Please treat people like people, not cattle

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    Former Employee - Geo Typical Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Geo Typical Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Extremely nice hours. Loved the 8 hour workday. The work itself was interesting enough. The people who worked there were completely amazing and super fun. They offer very decent health benefits.

    Cons

    There's very little creative leeway that employees are allowed to make. Aechelon is sitting on a team of extremely creative, passionate, and dedicated artists who are not asked for their input. It seemed that there was very little room for growth as a career path within the company.

    In addition, working at $17/hr while paying off expensive school loans and living in San Francisco is unsustainable. From what I understood, the salary stays at $17/hr until the employee is brought on as a salaried employee, which usually takes over a year and a half. In my opinion, this is extremely unethical to keep their employee base at the poverty level.

    The way that Aechelon terminates employees keeps their current workers living in fear. I personally was given about 15 minutes of notice before I had to pack my things and leave. This same thing happened to other employees and seems to be the way that Aechelon consistently conducts itself. We may be temporary employees, but giving people notice to be able to position themselves to recover from financial ruin is an ethical and noble thing to do.

    Aechelon neglects to give out unemployment forms, thus making an already difficult day more difficult. I've been told that unemployment is available, but it appears that enabling it is not possible to do online, since that process requires the form that Aechelon could have easily provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you invest in your employees and treat them like they're people, your company will usually do extremely well. Please pay your employees a decent, livable wage, don't keep them living in fear of being terminated at any time, and allow them to contribute creatively to your pipeline. Keeping the leash too tight around the necks of your talent doesn't benefit you, especially not in the long run.

    I wish you all the best, and hope that things improve for the sake of the employees who continue to thrive in spite of your revolving doors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Very Relaxed Place, Good Work Pace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Low to No Drama, and very professional. You can stay very focused. Lots of young, witty, smart people- constant stream of work.

    Cons

    Was just part-time, wish they had full-time positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer 1 or 2 full time positions in the 2D artist department with decent salaries, and maybe there will be less of a turn-around.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Depends on your personality type

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and profit sharing
    Reasonably flexible work hours
    Company's mission and goals are for a good cause, feels meaningful

    Cons

    Founding management does not trust employees to do a good job, constant supervision and lots of second-guessing. Self-starters outside of founders are discouraged.
    Very steep and long (multi-year) learning curve. Odd engineering practices very out of sync with rest of industry and painful.
    Work is tedious due to poor tools and outdated approach, only the founders are able to get work done quickly.
    Very, very slow pace due to above. Frustrating for someone used to being productive and self-driven. Could be a positive for someone just looking for a steady job.
    General agreement that tools and practices in use are unproductive, but only lip-service given to fixing the problem. Trying to work around or fix the broken workflow is strongly discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employees to be autonomous. Update to modern engineering tools. Encourage motivated employees rather than place arbitrary roadblocks. In general, empower your engineers to do their best - they're capable of a lot more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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