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Pay scale is ridiculous for the area, and there is no room for upward mobility

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Sea-Bird Electronics full-time

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Stable employment, have been here for 15 years. The benefits outside of the salary are good. 401(k), and yearly profit sharing, if company meets it's operating budget.

Cons

Part of that "operating budget" is to keep the cost of employment down. The way they do that is keeping wages lower than competitors. Seabird does not pay as good as many of the companies in the area, and certainly does not pay enough to live in Bellevue or the surrounding areas. Many of the employees commute from Everett or Kent.

Another really positive benefit, has been flexibility. Seabird is *very* lenient with CAL time and start/leave times. (within reason)

Advice to Management

1) You've got to increase the direct compensation. With any more cost of living increases, like the impending health care increases, you will see more people look for work elsewhere.
2) You've got to get better about training employees for upward mobility. A position opens up above yours? good luck getting it. They'll more likely hire an MBA from another company.

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  1. 60% of employees want to leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Sea-Bird Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Was a great company, made good products. Many outstanding employees throughout the company. Historical products are well designed and excellent when made properly.

    Cons

    Treats employees poorly: low salaries, verbal abuse, forced overtime, no respect for employees. Since the purchase of Sea-Bird by Danaher the management has been changed to inexperienced, poor managers who have no experience in the industry, poor decision making abilities and much more interest in the bottom line than in the customer. When found that 60% of the employees would leave if they were offered another job management response was that the employees could leave if they didn't like it.

  2. Mediocre, nothing stands out

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    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance

    I have been working at Sea-Bird Electronics (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management discusses business environment and perceived company outlook

    Cons

    Poor leadership, company is too small for professional growth, high turnover leads to constant training rather than improvement, very low pay for the market

    Advice to Management

    Invest in employees, reduce turnover, offer competitive pay and benefits

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