Alpine Electronics of America

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Alpine Electronics of America Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
21 Reviews
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21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Big in Industry but Family like feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Alpine Electronics of America full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company is well known name in the industry but feels like working for family owned business. There's a genuine desire to have employees know they're cared for. Good benefit package. Medical coverage is very affordable. I've been here just under 10 years but the costs for medical have not increased. Nice to not be a small fish in a big pond. Due to being a smaller company - have the ability to get closer to the product - see many aspects of the product cycle - and be direct part of the outcome. Diverse culture work environment is pretty cool and the ability to travel...

    Cons

    The Japanese culture can be too conservative sometimes and therefore actions and support for development or improvements can be slow or difficult to achieve. Great great potential but too careful in making the investments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it seems there isn't enough people to do the work or focus on the projects that really need to be done. Look at improved planning for resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No career development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alpine Electronics of America

    Pros

    No pressure and reasonable working time

    Cons

    Japanese culture, Japan HQ decision

  3.  

    An Overall Average Company, Though Results May Vary

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Alpine Electronics of America full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent medical benefits
    Decent vacation time
    A range of other employee benefits
    Long-term job stability, depending on department

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Management butts heads
    Japanese bureaucracy
    No mentoring
    Overworked management
    Some departments are understaffed
    Salary less than competitors
    Veteran employees can make life a living hell, depending on department

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alpine Electronics of America full-time

    Pros

    Couldn't have been happier in my career there. Large international company that is growing rapidly but small enough that you get a lot of exposure to different aspects of the business.

    Cons

    As with many companies with international HQ elsewhere some projects get blocked by conflicting global directives. However, the CEO is very forward thinking and progressive in his approach and advocates for local ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Alpine Electronics of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (9/80 available). Co-workers are friendly. Challenging and hands on projects that give you the opportunity to build your resume. Benefits are good.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average. Projects are driven by direction for Japan HQ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stay Away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Alpine Electronics of America full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    easy going, fun , social work place. Relatively young work force

    Cons

    no growth opportunities
    no training, mentoring, coaching to speak of
    poor communication from management
    Do no deal with under performers
    over work some engineers while others just sit there and collects their pay checks
    low salary
    management do not know how to plan for projects so projects keep failing despite how hard engineers work for it
    management instills a blaming culture. management always blames engineers for bugs, issues, late deliveries.
    no rewards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look within yourself for what you can do better before scolding your employees for a late delivery of a project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    "Life is too easy" is not a good thing.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer III in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Alpine Electronics of America

    Pros

    Company has reputation and cool products.

    Cons

    Company is moving too slow with technology and market demand. Too much controlled from Japanese headquater.
    If you happen to be a hardworking guy, you will be hardworking your whole life while many enjoy easy life and getting the same or better benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be fair. My effort to impress being shield somewhere.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, a good place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Quality Engineer in Greenwood, IN
    Former Employee - Field Quality Engineer in Greenwood, IN

    I worked at Alpine Electronics of America

    Pros

    Good products and good culture.

    Cons

    Will work you to death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask questions from people in the know before making decisions.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Japanese bureaucratic company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CConfidential in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - CConfidential in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Alpine Electronics of America

    Pros

    Very Japanese company. If you are fluent in Japanese, or if you have family in Japan, then this company is great for you. Technically, if you like audio and testing activities in general then this may be the right company for you. If you are good at persevering to convince someone till that person budges, this is the right company for you.

    Cons

    A lot of energy is spent in beureaucratic overhead work. Company is financially unstable now but perhaps compares well to rest of industry. There is no job security anymore. Cost cutting is going to the extreme and remaining engineers are insecure about their positions and their future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce executive pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Different camps in management need to see eye to eye first. Partial reconciliation is urgently needed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Engineering in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Engineering in Torrance, CA

    I have been working at Alpine Electronics of America

    Pros

    You can see your work becoming a product. You can also impact customer satisfaction directly or indirectly with your day to day activities and your expertise. Many engineers are honest and committed. The work environment is easy going. The location is great for personal or family life with many places to hang out for fun.

    Cons

    The cultural divide is enormous and every detail is driven from Japan. Local trends and innovation are suppressed. There are less than 200 people in this location, but everyone does not share a single purpose or vision. Many teams go about their work sometimes with surprising disconnect in perception of state of affairs in the workplace. There is NO strategy to show that Alpine has the technology and market vision to prosper in future. Key decisions are made without the knowledge of the people who should be making them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management itself needs to work as a team. There has to be a certain baseline where political turf battles subside and management shows total unity in purpose and information sharing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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