Echelon Corporation
2.7 of 5 7 reviews
www.echelon.com San Jose, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Apr 30, 2014

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Echelon Corporation Chairman & CEO Ron Sege

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    Mediocre company, badly managed

    Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsLeaders at one time but badly need new products

    ConsOld products, lagging technology, bad management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood technology, good people, flexible work schedules

    ConsNo focus on strategy, lost a lot of great technical developers because of no understanding by business management of the technology, many long-timers just biding their time until it is sold or goes under.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus and get a better understanding of your business space.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Just enough potential to keep you hoping

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood people, lots of inter-department cooperation (at least within engineering), and occupies a somewhat unique position in its industry that would allow it to become a break out star if leveraged properly. Fantastic facilities and offices, though far too many of them empty at the moment.

    ConsR&D spread too thin, both in terms of projects and staffing. Has a tendency to start "the next big thing" when an opportunity presents itself and then back-burner it when the next one comes along. Not enough market research; starts projects before certain there's a sufficient demand. Feels like there's no real sense of focus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee: cons. Your employees may be capable of handling many projects concurrently, but by scattering focus and adding the overhead of jumping between projects, you guarantee that nothing will be better than it can minimally be. With too much attention set on clearing resources for the other/next project, you end up with a scheduling culture that's constantly asking "what can we get get fixed before the deadline," instead of, "what can we ADD before the deadline."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people, cost cutting has affected morale

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsTop notch engineers who have been with the company for the longest time, nice group of people, great technology. Even though the company is small and not very well known, I am proud to have been part of their engineering team.

    ConsInability of upper management to turn Echelon's great technology into a profit. New CEO too focused on cost cutting, we had a layoff early this year that seemed to have impacted morale, people started leaving, those left behind were left with increasing work load.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't be so focused on short term goal of pleasing Wall St, think about the long run, including better benefits (e.g. 401K matching, ESPP) for the employees.

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    People there take their work very seriously, but the culture tends to be conservative.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsA leading and growing company in smart metering solutions and smart grid communication solutions. They have globally proven and most advanced Power Line Communication based smart metering solution.

    ConsThe company tends to maintain a lean organization. Therefore, for some functions, there is not enough staff and existing staff have to multitask frequently.

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    Echelon will be gone (acquired or split up) in two years or less.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsNice facilities with hard offices. High salaries and stock awards for managers. Occasionally produces interesting technology. Has some very nice people and some very highly skilled developers.

    ConsConsistently unprofitable, starting to run low on cash.
    Conservative business strategy allowed competitors to pass it by.
    Strategy and Marketing have been abysmal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInsist that all managers actully do yearly performance reviews, rather than saying "what's the point, there is never any growth or promotions". Insist that Marketing and the CTO back some products that actually sell. Be ready to move on in a year or two.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Pros and Cons

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGood work life balance, low stress job, decent pay, stable industry, people are mostly laid back so there's not a great deal of backstabbing

    ConsThe downside for the laid back environment is that some people get very complacent in their jobs, there's not much innovation and a desire to improve things. Benefits sucks: no 401K matching, ESPP.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to set a clear goal, the company seems to be losing money quarter after quarter, yet they don't seem to be doing enough to turn things around. Ken Oshman's a nice guy, but that doesn't make him a good CEO.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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