Creative Technology Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Excellence

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    Former Contractor - AV Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - AV Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Creative Technology as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to the company and good benefits

    Cons

    Travel to much and less family time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good technology and ideas, bad management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Technology full-time

    Pros

    salary, somewhat flexible schedule, nice perks like company car

    Cons

    disorganized management, stressful work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    delegate more to underlings instead of controlling every single aspect of the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Good place to get a paycheck, not much else

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Creative Technology

    Pros

    During my second round with Creative I had an amazing boss. She listened to my suggestions and was honest about how she felt about my work, growth and family life. Good benefits and profit sharing even when there was no profit. Nice HR people.

    Cons

    The company is going no where. Extreme tension between depts to the point of them purposely being unhelpful, which cost the company millions of dollars. CEO doesn't even say hello or acknowledge the existance of employees, even after 5 years of working there. It is basically a shell company for the Singapore group. Most of the other employees would be excellent employees in another company.
    Very high turnover, almost 100% in my dept the first year I worked there. No training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Filled with great people trying their best, but to no availtryin

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Creative Technology

    Pros

    Working at Creative, you definitely have large number of projects.
    The opportunity to with different groups and regions is one of the company strengths

    Cons

    1. Creative has an enormous, bureaucratic system that works to strangle any initiative from the staff level
    2. Senior management needs to have more courage and faith in their products. The will cancel projects at the first whiff of risk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sim, you need to remake Creative from the ground up, not just pull back to Asia Pac. Remember the product you sell is Number 1!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    That sucking sound you hear is Soundblaster fading in the distance....

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at Creative Technology

    Pros

    Cool products ; cool people

    Cons

    Lack of vision, patience to allow change to have and impact, and appropriate marketing support of new products and ideas. What works in the Singapore market may not apply to the rest of the world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real true leaders in the business world to straighten out the company. The current senior management group has shown little ability and promise to extract Creative from it's persistent decline.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Cool people and fun products, but they lack vision

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Creative Technology

    Pros

    You'll get to work with great people, creative has done a remarkable job of hiring. They used to be (and might be again) a fun place to work and with cool, new products.

    Cons

    The company lacks vision. They design cool products with great technology, but they never give them the level of support needed to be successful. Additionally, management simple doesn't believe in market research or fully-funded marketing and that keeps them from ever being great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about who you are selling products to instead of just churning out technology. If you believe in something, spend the money to be good at it. Hoping that the next product will dig you out isn't a business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Great place but its been dying since 2000- I doubt they make it to 2010.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Creative Technology

    Pros

    This is a great place to work with great people, management cares about its employees, there are exciting projects, excellent work environment with decent relationships amoung peers. Good opportunities for hard workers, if you don't get laid off due to relentless expense cutting.

    Cons

    Upper management does an awful job running the business. They have been losing money (from operations) almost every quarter for years. They are kind to their employees, however, there are constant layoffs due to their inability to turn a profit. In 2000 we had two building in Milpitas- then the downturn started. First we cut back to onebuilding, now we are on one floor of one building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue on how to run a business- make products that people actually want to buy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Great place for fresh graduates to start with

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Creative Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Learn various consumer technologies and ecstatic to see consumer buy products you developed. Creative staff are sometimes the biggest fan through staff purchase. Good working environment where colleagues are kind, playful and helpful.

    Cons

    The entire management needs to be replaced as they are the one that brought the downfall of the company. We have lost too many good staff through their mismanagement. Those that can leave already left. It is sad to see a local multinational headquater to shrink from previously of 3 main buildings down to occupying 6 floors of a building, and start charging employee for car park charges.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even Singapore political party PAP know self-regenerates, perhaps Creative can learn a lesson from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. A work-life balance, flexible working time and friendly working environment.

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    Former Employee - Junior Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Junior Product Engineer

    I worked at Creative Technology full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great working environment, helping hands between colleagues like big family. Employee benefits are acceptable.

    Cons

    Hardly to get promoted. Less chance to grow skills and experiences, rarely provide training programs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bosses may consider to provide more trainings or education programs to develop the employee's skills and knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. A good place to work at, but then lack of career growth opportunity.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Creative Technology

    Pros

    Good Product and People there

    Cons

    Lack of Career Growth and Opportunity

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