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A breath of fresh air!

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Product Manager in Christchurch (New Zealand)
Current Employee - Product Manager in Christchurch (New Zealand)

I have been working at SLI Systems full-time (less than an year)

Pros

I came to SLI Systems after working for a very large bricks and mortar corporate for the last 7 years - and haven't looked back once. I don't say this lightly because with a mortgage and young family it was a big decision for me to decide to leave the security of my last job behind, but after one morning at SLI I knew I had made the right decision.

There is a real sense of dynamism:
* Innovation, initiative and self management are not just tolerated but encouraged.
* The client base is always pushing us to do new and exciting things.
* Our competitors look to us for ideas so they are always playing catch up
* Management are always making the latest technology available e.g. Google Glass.

At the same time SLI also has the atmosphere of a small family business:
* Staff are allowed to bring their pets into the office
* Despite the recent growth everyone still finds time to sit down together for morning tea
* The VP of Engineering is always buying some new gadget to install in the office

Cons

The only cons I can think I don't get to see many of my colleagues and clients on a daily basis because they are scattered all over the word from San Jose, to New York, Tokyo, London & Melbourne - but on the bright side they are great places to go and visit!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If I was to offer management any words of advice it would be this: "Don't Change!"

Once you go public there is the inevitable restrictions that come as a company increases in size, so my only advice would be don't let this stifle the innovative spirit that has contributed to your success to date.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

8 Other Employee Reviews for SLI Systems (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Amazing Culture with Solid Leadership and Innovative Products

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at SLI Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    SLI has a really strong culture that works very well around the globe starting with the New Zealand office. People truly care and support each other professionally and personally. Transparency and trust are high throughout the teams, leadership and globally across offices. The company is also very focused on feedback from customers and look to them to help improve the products and service.

    Cons

    Lots of opportunities and not enough people to scale faster, however, the HR and leadership teams are very deliberate with hiring to make sure the culture and position are a fit. It's nice that a team will wait to find the right person than just drop a worker in a seat.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on growth but maintain the culture. It's what sets us apart and why I look forward to 5 years and more down the road.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great product but lacking in senior management support

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SLI Systems full-time

    Pros

    Smart product with a lot of ROI and value for their clients. Some very talented team members that are not allowed the opportunity to share process or product enhancement ideas. Great place for someone who thrives in a micromanagment styled structure with lots of process. Little room for strategic value to be shared.

    Cons

    Senior management style was a micromanaged environment with little room for change or strategic value to be provided.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunity for experienced members of the team to contribute to process growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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