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Leader in Ultracapacitor Technology? Yeah Right!

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Former Employee - Marketing  in  San Diego, CA
Former Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA

I worked at Maxwell Technologies

Pros

Maxwell had some of the most brilliant engineers and managers in the field of Ultracapacitor Technology. They were a company that pushed the envelope with their technology. Between 2004-2006, Maxwell was aggressive on all fronts from engineering, product development and Marketing. They had management that listened to their employees and everyone there felt they were contributing to the company.

Cons

With the introduction of new management and promotions for unqualified individuals placed positions of power, the company was wrecked. Having an opinion or telling the truth often times would get individuals fired. People were put into positions as project manager to be scape-goats for mismanagement by executives. Employees were expected to give 150% effort and the effort was taken for granted all the while senior management received their 20% bonuses and Human Resources claimed that there was no money in the budget for raises.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go back to your core business. Don't try to create a product for a non-existent market. Develop products that companies will buy and use. Stop using snake-oil type marketing tactics. Listen to the people doing the work as they know what is possible. Believe in your employees and allow them to make the decisions to keep the company on track.

Doesn't Recommend

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    Getting to the next level?

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    Former Employee - Senior Individual Contributor  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Individual Contributor in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Maxwell Technologies full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Small operation trying to get to the next level... A company that pushed the envelope with their technology.

    Cons

    Core business is basically in one bucket, very risky. Promotions of unqualified individuals in a leadership role. Unethical business conduct in recent time with SEC.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep product simple and eliminate complexity that have negative impact t cost and quality. Get rid of unqualified individual in leadership role.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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