Sierra Circuits

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Miserable Waste of Time

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Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

Other reviews for Sierra Circuits

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not worth it!

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

    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  

    A place to work while looking for a better job.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    They allow you to take off days or hours with out much hassle, which is nice for a packed schedule, however all hours go unpaid, as with most companies, until you have been there one year.

    Cons

    The people are miserable. Everybody hates their job, and those who actually somehow enjoy their job are rude, unhelpful, and condescending towards new people. The turnover rate is HUGE, mostly because of the aforementioned coworkers and low pay, and the management seems to not know what is going on at an employee level. They are constantly adjusting procedures and then get angry when the changes go unenforced or do not work well. Also for employees who start work later in the morning, parking is ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more, recognize the work they do, hire people for the job they applied for, and create a consistent training procedure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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