Cupertino Electric Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Cupertino Electric

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    Former Employee - Apprentice Electrician in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Apprentice Electrician in Walnut Creek, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Clean, safe, lots of new tools. Usually a prestigious customer.

    Cons

    Can get lost in the mix a little. They hang on to there good guys. If you know someone your in for good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great 3 years. Wish you guys had more work in Contra Costa County, CA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Generous Perks - Need to "fit in" first.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cupertino Electric full-time

    Pros

    This firm provides great benefits, and generous compensation compared to other private mid-sized companies in the same industry. Their corporate culture encourages a steady work/life balance, establishes a "hip & trendy" work environment while operating on traditional business philosophy that this company is predicated on. Overall, this firm cares for the well-being of each and every one of its employees.

    Cons

    Prerequisites 1) Fit in to the "big clique" and/or 2) Have connections within the firm. If you meet at least one of the aforementioned prerequisites, you are not only likely to survive the workplace politics, you will also embark on journey of ample career training and growth. If you do not meet either one of the prerequisites, your time will be efficiently spent taking your career elsewhere as the politics in this firm (or at least in your department) will essentially shun your opportunities for career growth and advancement regardless of how great you are. However if you are extremely stubborn as the poster of this review was, you can treat the unfortunate circumstance as an mental training opportunity grow a "thicker skin" and to bolster your resilience against a sea of naysayers. After all, naysayers are everywhere, and they do grow proportionally to the level of extraordinaire that you exude.

  3. Lowest Bidder Seeks Lowest Quality

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    Former Contractor - Helper - Solar Installer in Boulder City, NV
    Former Contractor - Helper - Solar Installer in Boulder City, NV

    I worked at Cupertino Electric as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Occasional Recognition for work efforts.

    Cons

    Repetitive work with management that doesn't know how to inspire, train, or coach employees. Hire only positions that pay at the bottom of the pay scale for industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find solutions to higher productivity without creating health casualties for your workforce. Think bigger, and grow richer. Spend some money on your most valuable resource - your workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Apprentice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cupertino Electric full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Every job is always behind. Fast or slow, everyone has to hurry up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I heard that the jobs were underbid a lot. This might be why were told that were behind all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great company with great people, but very few opportunities for advancement

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cupertino Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Very professional, competent, and friendly people. Everyone from electricians to technical and administrative people are all top-notch. It is nice to work with people who are good at their jobs, and dedicated enough to get the job done in a timely manner. Compared to other companies on the stuffy conservative end of the spectrum - which is very common for construction companies - the atmosphere is pretty relaxed . Good benefits. Some good opportunities for training. A popular one is the "lunch and learn" program (lunchtime training sessions with free lunch.) Good advancement opportunities for project managers and electricians.

    Cons

    Essentially no opportunities for advancement for technical professionals. Extremely inflexible working hours. Very little positive feedback from management. More politics than such a mature, well established company should have. This is a is a good place for engineers to start their careers, but not to continue them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seasoned technical professionals would be more inclined to stay if you just gave them a few simple things: occasional "thank you" or "job well done!", opportunities to pursue work that interested them, flexibility in work style / hours / location, financial or benefit incentives to stay. You could retain these people with less effort and expense than it takes to replace them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company to work for

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    Former Intern - PM Development in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - PM Development in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Cupertino Electric as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere for young professionals coming with an academic background
    Incredible company culture
    Reliable, frequent and deliberate direction from management

    Cons

    The industry can be stressful at times, and deadlines can be hard to manage

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great for Interns not so great for experienced professionals

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Cupertino Electric full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was good and the company in general treats their employees great with tiny little perks here and there.

    Cons

    The employees who have been there for 5 plus years. These employees usually supervisors or insecure newbies don't like new hires who have more experience and skills who can outperform them due to their outdated knowledge. They will find ways to get rid of any new talent that they see as a threat to their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to protect new employees who are being pushed out by the old and insecure senior workers. Find a way to co-exist or find a way to replace the old with the new. Only if you want the company to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Working in a political nightmare...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cupertino Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The handful of employees who are committed to doing a great job and being patient while management and HR continue to lose their touch on what was a people-oriented business is really the only "pro" I can think of.

    Cons

    Untouchables within the company who will never be called out on their performance issues. Very high turnover that continues to be ignored by management and HR. We want answers.. some insight PLEASE on why we have lost so many people. Particularly within their first 2-3 months on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close the gap. You are all so far removed from the organization and the new members of management continue to call shots without even thinking through the impact it will have on employees.. thus the turnover.. as well as taking into consideration the company's history of always being about it's people. This place has lost its touch. Actively looking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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