AuthenTec Reviews

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  1.  

    good company to work with

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    Former Employee - Software Manager in Melbourne Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Software Manager in Melbourne Beach, FL

    I worked at AuthenTec full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    innovative company, a lot of clever colleges

    Cons

    too small company, not well organized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    seriously improve marketing capability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, tough business

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

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

    Pros

    Top-notch engineers: some of the best I've ever worked with, although some have now been scattered to the wind as a result of the acquisition of a competitor (UPEK).

    Cons

    The Venn diagram for fingerprint sensors and laptops/tablets/cellphones has a very small overlap: lots of integration work, very low margin, and good competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Poorly Managed by out of touch exec staff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at AuthenTec

    Pros

    Great engineers/front line employees who care about their work.

    Cons

    cube farm, all sales folks are considered "program managers" which is equivalent of my grocery clerk knowing how to fix the radiator of my buick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the engineers that get work done - upper mgmt is out of touch and sales people are not the ones you want running the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good team, challenging market

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne, FL

    I have been working at AuthenTec

    Pros

    The team at AuthenTec is dedicated, experienced, and very intelligent. Their ability to churn out new, and breakthrough, silicon products is impressive to say the least. It is a small, startup-ish, company so you get to wear a lot of different hats and work on a number of projects.

    Cons

    Feedback from management can be spotty. I question the strategic direction certain members of management seem intent on pursuing. Software development is pitiful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on completing a major project before switching gears and starting something new.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company tucked away in small town

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at AuthenTec

    Pros

    The company has great technology. The company is the front runner in the field of fingerprint sensors. The technology behind the sensors gives Authentec a clear edge on the competition; spoofing is just about impossible. Even though the company is fairly sizable it still have the feel of a small start up.

    Cons

    As with any software related position- the hours required to get the job done. It's also located in Melbourne Florida, one of the quietest places that I've ever come across. Aside from the beach there is nothing else to do in this town. Little to no culture about the place... Good thing Orlando is only about an hour's drive away..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many of the processes for getting things done need to be seriously improved.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work...

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Algorithm Engineer in Melbourne, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Algorithm Engineer in Melbourne, FL

    I worked at AuthenTec

    Pros

    Great compensation package.
    Great products.
    Challenging problems.
    Florida lifestyle.

    Cons

    If you are into research, its difficult to publish papers. Not because of their fault, but because you hardly get any time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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