Cupertino Electric Reviews

Updated June 6, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Place To Work....OK Pay.....Below Average Benefits

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    Current Employee - PM in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - PM in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cupertino Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment in many departments. Starting the 'cleaning house' process that will enable them to reach the highest level of sales. Not afraid to terminate out moded employees....dead wood...when market conditions demand it. Pay is just OK in many departments...not great...not below market....just OK. They definitely will promote from within rather than bring an outsider into management. Demand high standards of EVERYONE and not just a select few.

    Cons

    Very expensive health benefits. Below average profit sharing. Very, very expensive standard of living in San Jose or San Fransico. PLEASE TAKE NOTE: if CEI is relocating you from another area, you will need TWICE THE PAY THAT YOU RECEIVED/CURRENTLY RECEIVE OUSIDE THE BAY AREA!

    Advice to Management

    Your business model seems to be working...for the time being. You should really consider relocating outside the Bay Area but close...The Central Valley...or the cost of living will eventually crush your competitiveness.


  2. Helpful (3)

    lacking Integrity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stuart, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stuart, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seem to make money in spite of themselves. They do some good in the community, it is all for tax right off and publicity, but at least they provide some good. There are a lot of great people to work with.

    Cons

    I have dealt with a lot of dishonestly and outright lying. If you take a job here, make sure that the terms and conditions are laid out very directly and in great detail because after they get you, they will manipulate or just change "the agreement" and say, either agree or hit the road. I have heard this from many people at Cupertino. There seems to be a lot of confusion between managers and a lot of confusion between management and HR which leads to a lot of misunderstandings about the expectations, goals and commitments. Fore example, you may get an assignment that is, bring me a rock.. When you do that, they say, no, I wanted a rock with no sharp edges bring me another. After bringing a smooth flat rock with rounded edges, they will say, no, I wanted a round rock with round edges. Again, you comply and bring them a round rock with rounded edges and they say NO, I wanted one that was blue! So, you go get a round rock with rounded edges that is blue and they shake their heads, stair at the floor and say, I want a round rock with rounded edges that is blue but is bigger than this rock and again, you go get a bigger rock that is too big and so on. So, just be aware of that, get everything in writing, get a length of time that they cannot change it if you can and make sure it has every possible detail you can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Get on the same page. You cannot run individual businesses with completely different structures under one roof, it isn't manageable. Have integrity, which is, say what you mean, mean what you say and stick to it.


  3. Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Cupertino Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great Company, good mix of engineering talent.

    Cons

    If you are an engineer who likes to try out different things then this is not your place to work..


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  5. Cupertino Electric

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    Former Employee - Apprentice Electrician in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Apprentice Electrician in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Apprentice

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  11. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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