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Cobra Electronics Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
4 Reviews
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Cobra Electronics Chairman, President, and CEO Jim Bazet
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cobra Electronics full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    #1 Jim Bazet is not CEO! Thank God! New company Monomoy owns us now.

    Good people to work with. Easy work/life balance. PTO hourly vacation time that replenishes as you work (added 2.31 hours per week).

    Cons

    Too many to list but here are top 3:
         -Not a public company anymore
         -Very slow or even non-existent growth
         -New holding company Monomoy took over Cobra. Their changes are still in the works. They will only hold us for a min. 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess we'll have to see what they do with Cobra now. but definitely figure out who are the good employees at Cobra and get to know them. Offer them a reason to stay because right now everyone wants to get a new job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    ** No Future **

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects of working here were most of the employees were very nice and great to work with but there were a few rotten apples as is true with any company, the compensation and benefits were good.

    Cons

    Some of the negatives include:
    - Outdated HR policies: i.e. earned vacation time of 2.31 hours per week versus starting out with 15 days like most forward thinking companies, inflexible work schedule with no remote work solution for emergencies.
    - Company has lacked senior technical leadership for 2-3 years. There is no technical strategy to platform products and as a result products within each category are incompatible with each other. No technical strategy to update existing products to match or exceed competitors which results in inferior products.
    - No product/marketing portfolio vision: They rely on gimmicky gadgets like key chain locators, portable bluetooth speakers, and cigarette lighter adapters which don't sell. The core product categories are in a state of decline with no new categories to sustain or propel the company into the future. Products lack well defined marketing requirements.
    - Company lacks a quality initiative, quality processes, and quality awareness internally and with third party vendors. As a result product quality is very low. Just read consumer reviews as proof.

    Company is behind the times and unable to keep pace with fast changing electronics business. Their competitors do it better in every way. No future here for job growth or job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking like other progressive companies. Consider a remote work option when necessary (illness, weather, family issues), update your HR policies for the 2000's, put a company quality initiative in place, improve and document processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work, needs a solid vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Cobra Electronics

    Pros

    Great coworkers.
    Great location.
    Good compensation and benefits.
    Solid encouragement of personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Company has a lack of vision. Stuck in a rut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Culture has changed. Time to revisit what was done right in the past that engendered the long term employees. Have a vision and really communicate that to the employees.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Disappointing corporate culture, lack of professional growth opportunities.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Cobra Electronics

    Pros

    My co-workers are friendly. Cobra maintains a professional work environment. There is good communication between management and employees.

    Cons

    The employee contribution to health benefits is expensive. There are little to no advancement opportunities, and little to no recognition for achievements. Employee development is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and acknowledge employee achievements and take an active role in professional development of the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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