Aeris Communications
3.1 of 5 11 reviews
www.aeris.net Santa Clara, CA 50 to 149 Employees

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    Supportive Management and Awesome Team

    (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsI couldn't feel more fortunate to have landed a job with this company.

    -Pros far out-weigh the cons
    -Technology is fascinating & cutting edge
    -A rich learning environment: management is invested in professional development (CTO does "lunch & learn" pretty often to teach others in the company about the technology). Furthermore, employees have mentioned learning more about the industry, their personal fields, and so-on from their colleagues at Aeris.
    -Incredibly talented individuals in each department.
    -High energy environment (most employees look forward to coming to work every day). There are a few key employees who amplify this energy with a good attitude.
    -Employees are trusted with autonomy to manage large projects & encouraged to take on new and stimulating work
    -Feels like a family (small company) that works like a team. For the most part, higher management recognizes and values unique talents of most individuals.
    -Some employees have commented on feeling as though they are making a difference with their projects.
    -Great networking opportunities, if you choose to take advantage of that.
    -Flexible time and vacation policies allow employees to direct the focus of their work while maintaining a healthy personal life-career balance; overall promoting productivity and health.
    -Values "doing the right thing," a genuine attitude that flows from management; this alone puts the company head and shoulders above others in what can be a "too fast-paced" industry.
    -Unique, one-of-a-kind experiences and opportunities with Aeris
    -The people at Aeris: smart, high energy, diverse and professional (CEO and other higher management are not only exceptional in their field, but also phenomenal human beings).

    Cons-The Biggest Con: pay could be a lot better (can be the effects of a small company, so that may improve as the company grows).
    -Management is trusting and a bit "laissez-faire" (a plus in my opinion). Unfortunately, too trusting and some individuals are given leadership responsibility they should not have, causing poor planning, extreme disorganization, and very poor decision making in some departments. This is rare at Aeris, but it does happen. When it's present then it really hurts the team's productivity and overall job satisfaction. It can actually be quite awful... As positive as the "pros" listed above are, this is enough to drive away top talent.

    Advice to Senior Management-Continue to value those hard working employees. It is motivating and very much appreciated.
    -Be careful with who is placed in a leadership role (NOT referring to the VPs or C-level execs; they are all fantastic). However, the individuals in between: those are the ones who will effect productivity and overall job satisfaction for the rest of the team.... they also have the potential to drive away the more talented employees.
    -Look at what the standard is for responsibility level vs. average salary in Santa Clara, CA. You will find that you are rather cheap here, and your greatest assets and talents will end up finding employment elsewhere where they will be compensated more appropriately.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great opportunity to learn about M2M technology.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA great stepping stone to learn how M2M works.

    ConsAdvancement and growth within the company is limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to see the value each individual possesses and work with them for growth within the organization.

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    Internship

    Finance Intern (Former Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    Pros1. The company is small, so you get hands on experience in every department.
    2. People are really friendly and approachable, every one of them.
    3. They really take care of employees here. Even the interns are given housing, paid for by the company. I'm not talking about Motel 6 either. I'm talking about home suites with all the amenities and travel to and from work. Great company trips and events.

    ConsAlthough it was an internship, I feel like there was Insufficient delegation of tasks. I had to keep asking for more work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA dedicated internship program would be nice.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor management & lack of career advancement.

    Network Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsIf you are interested in machine-to-machine and cellular technologies, there are definitely some interesting things to learn working at Aeris Communications. There are a bunch of great individuals that work at Aeris, and most folks are friendly and willing to help you when you need it. Some members of the management team are friendly and honest; very easy to work with. The benefits are decent, with a fair portion of medical/dental/vision paid by the company, unless you have dependents. The office is in a nice location, with a variety of food options nearby, and a nice view of the new stadium in Santa Clara.

    Cons1) Unless you are 'the favorite', you will not see any career advancement.
    2) Work goes without appreciation or compensation, even work that "goes the extra mile", and beyond what is just in your contract.
    3) Management is very disorganized most of the time.
    4) Teams/departments do not communicate efficiently, causing more problems than fixing them.
    5) If you are not a ring leader in the company politics, do not expect anything to go your way.
    6) Monetary compensation is not up to par with the industry, and the company seems to pinch pennies wherever they can.
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    Advice to Senior Management1) Find a way to communicate effectively inter-departmentally, otherwise the company will fail in the long run.
    2) Start taking care of, and respecting, your employees, especially the "little guys" that keep the customers happy.
    3) Stop hiring director after director and manager after manager without promoting internally- eventually you will have a huge management team and no one working for them, because everyone else was kicked around and disregarded.
    4) Appreciate your employees, otherwise you will keep losing them to companies that do.
    5) Provide a fair compensation for employees that show great initiative.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    We're told the company always has "huge growth", but never materializes. Seems like snake oil.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSounds like an interesting business and technology, until you realize the larger carriers(AT&T, Verizon) do the same thing, only better. Which results in them eating our lunch. Great experience though, and it's a small company so you can develop your skills to take to the next job.

    ConsLeadership doesn't know what they are doing. High employee turnover. I think the social media girl from the Jack in the Box TV ads works here. So Annoying... doesn't actually produce anything...EXCEPT BEING ANNOYING. I think she has actually asked "what is that clock bracelet on your wrist?"

    Advice to Senior ManagementEngineering is going well, but sales doesn't know what they are doing. Need new leadership there. "Promised growth" quarter after quarter isn't going to cut it. The revenue numbers don't lie. Let's see some real growth in revenue instead of stories. Company is living off a deal a sales guy made years ago who has since left the company since you didn't value him...politics being valued over merit is not the way to succeed in Silicon Valley. That contract has a some years left, but when it is over...well it's over.

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

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    A great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsCutting edge technology, always learning new things, challenging and rewarding. Aeris is comprised of top talent, a nimble company that can move quickly and efficiently.

    ConsCRM needs an update but not much else.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mismanaged, disorganized, disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAeris is working on extremely innovative technology that will hopefully shape the future of cellular data and connectivity. The compensation, benefits, vacation policy and work/life balance is decent and the employees and executives are connected to many decision makers in Silicon Valley.

    ConsTerrible management. Would not recommend. High turnover rate, no career development opportunities, lack of transparency.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your employees and they will want to do their best work for you.

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

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    Terrible company, terrible experience, terrible senior management!!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGreat colleagues and nicely furnished office space with views of Santa Clara

    ConsMore chiefs than Indians. Work life balance is non-existent in certain departments. Senior manager is disrespectful and says rude things. High attrition rate. Stock options are given to few. Company does not promote from within. Lots of favoritism if your part of the clique. Companies outside of Aeris offer better salaries for equivalent job duties.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees with more respect and treat everyone equally. Be aware of family/work life balance. Promote from within and set objectives/goals for raises.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not clear how secure the revenue stream.

    Firmware Engineer (Current Employee)
    Santa Clara, CA

    ProsGood smart people, friendly easy to work with. A little bit of pressure at times, not unreasonable.

    ConsBeing in engineering I don't have a clear understanding of the revenue stream, but which it currently seems pretty good it seem to rely primarily on one client. This seems to lead to putting off taking on or putting off commitments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm just an engineer, but it looks like thinks are being done to diversify as needed.

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    Amazing People. Amazing Opportunities. Great culture!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsPeople, Management, Great location in Silicon Valley, Involved in community, fun, great office, no micromanagement, progressive company

    ConsA lot of time behind a computer or sitting at desk, competitive market, depending on experience pay can vary greatly at a startup of sorts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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