Sierra Circuits

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Miserable Waste of Time

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

I worked at Sierra Circuits full-time (less than a year)

Pros

There are a few people who are fun and pleasant to work with.
There are a lot of restaurants that are a quick drive away for lunch, or 711 which is walking distance (3 min. walk).
They have a vending machine in the break room, and free coffee and tea as well.
If you can tolerate the poisonous work environment, it is a good place to establish a set of skills that you are able to put on your resume and that you can utilize at your next job--which is ultimately most employees' goal.

Cons

Nearly everyone hates their job, management, and pay. Everyone talks about leaving on a daily/weekly basis. Salaries are significantly lower than average; you may as well get a second job if you aren't an engineer, because they wont pay you enough to survive in the bay area.

If hired, they will lead you to believe you will be doing one thing, and then shuffle you to an entirely different position, and pay you the same even if the job is more difficult.

Reviews/raises are a joke. The stated review schedule came and went with no mention of a review or raise, even after requesting one for many months.

The worst part of the job was learning how to deal with daily verbal harassment by co-workers. Cursing, name-calling, and screaming were not unusual. Don't count on HR to help you, they can't do much because the owners refuse to get rid of those that are causing such a hostile work environment. Most employees aren't like that, but are still unfriendly, with noticeable cliques in certain departments.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

It isn't a coincidence that the turnover rate is enormous. You have great employees who want to help the company succeed, but ultimately you don't pay enough money to keep people around, and you don't listen to their concerns even after multiple complaints. Your business will remain stagnant if you continue to neglect employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not worth it!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sierra Circuits full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Many co-workers and a few managers are truly good people who are pleasant to work with.
    Interview process is incredibly easy - you will probably get an offer if you apply. However, note that this is because they are constantly understaffed due to high turnover.
    Company is walking or close driving distance to many stores and restaurants - makes it easy to run errands at lunch-time or grab a snack.
    It doesn't get much worse than this so your next job will probably be a lot better.

    Cons

    Ineffective management
    Managers expect everyone to be "perfect" (their words) yet there is little to no training
    You are not likely to perform the job you were hired for
    Incredibly high turnover
    Unprofessional environment - some employees cuss at co-workers and even customers.
    Pay is significantly lower than average for many positions. HR will ask for your desired salary, lead you to believe you will get it, then make you a ridiculously low-ball offer after they have strung you along for weeks.
    Harassment is common but HR is powerless because the owners refuse to fire those who do the harassing - so the victims quit instead.
    Internal applicants who are not family members are passed up for promotions in favor of outside hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop under-paying employees, get rid of people who are poisoning the company, and take the time and effort to establish long-lasting, effective procedures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away unless you really need a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Sierra Circuits full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good co-workers.
    Good Customers.
    Close to major freeways.
    Walking distance to Seven-Eleven.
    Free Coffee and water.
    Free Indian treats on holidays.
    Not required to work on weekends.

    Cons

    There is a very bad turn over rate and here are some contributing factors as to why:
    -If you are getting into sales be prepared to be under trained and over worked. Micro managed with two sales managers that don't know what they are doing and have no people skills. They force you to work unreasonable hours and give you too many tasks, causing issues for the sales people.
    -They will not listen to any advice the Sales reps gives them to help improve the company and make it a happy place to work. They in fact have punished sales rep for providing their honest opinions on how to improve the function of the company.
    -Their pricing system is not consistent, it depends on how on how they feel. This inconsistency is more noticeable by the customer and when they bring up the issue, the management tells us to take care of it, expecting us to lie and cheat the customer.
    -They will hire you for a certain position and when you start they will move to a different position that has more duties and you will get paid the same or less.
    -There is no room for professional growth or advancement unless you are a family member.
    -There is an SR account manager and she lacks all technical knowledge. However, she is being paid a lot more based on her previous experience (not in this industry) over sales reps who are qualified and have been working hard at the company for years. This doesn't make sense and destroys the moral of the sales people and also other employees within the company.
    -Everyone at the company talks about leaving the company everyday. Horrible benefits and pay. Very cheap owners.
    -People are treated like slaves; they are told literally how they should or should not be allowed to feel at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are serious about growing this company to the vision that you are always preaching, then the key decision makers in this company must be permanently removed. Proven managers and executives should come in and completely restructure everything in this company, because it is at the point where repairs cannot be made, the whole thing must be rebuilt. There is no need here to address the advice i would give you on how to treat employees and customers, but I am 100% sure that if legitimate executives and managers took over this company, that would not be an issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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