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The Fast Track to Nowhere

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Former Employee - Management  in  Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Management in Irvine, CA

I worked at Spireon full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

-Generous PTO and industry average benefits.
-Leading edge technologies in the platform stack. Not so much for the applications.
-Nice office even though they are moving within the year
-Some great people there that really care about the company

Cons

-Amateur Executive team. Recent additions to the executive team do not know anything about the industry and they are ignoring many of the core fundamentals that made the company successful in past years.

-If you don't work overtime you are not seen as not contributing to the team. Engineering team members work grossly excessive hours just to keep up with delivery expectations. No comp time or even recognition provided by management.

-It's all smoke and mirrors there. All the way up to the board. There is no one left there with the courage or integrity to actually state what is wrong and what is going wrong with the company. The CEO takes great exception to people voicing opinions that do not tow the company line. It is obvious that the name of the game at this point is to secure a sale. Cost cutting has been painful, everything from cheaper hotels for most of the remote employees to cutting the operations teams hours, to lay offs, to not providing company cell phones (and under compensating for using personal phones), closing offices, and hiring staff in less expensive markets. The single driving force these days is raising the EBITDA, ignoring risks in the shrinking market space in the industry, and ignoring challenges in the the new product plans.

-Everyone is expendable there. No matter their experience, position, or contributions to the organization. Employees often wonder who is next on the chopping block. HR does not do a good job of managing the attitudes or the culture there. Layoffs seem to occur every eight to 12 months. Look at the history of the executive team and you can see that they all come from organizations where this is the norm.

-Office politics are completely out of control. Constant power play by persons in many of the departments within the company. Competing priorities and no top-down direction on company wide priorities. The new CEO and executive staff have done nothing to alleviate this.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spireon is not only a software company and focusing on this element alone will only lead you to continue to try to keep up with the competition instead of actually innovating solutions that will take you over the top.

 Many of the initiative put forth by the management team are simply vaporware. The employees know this.

If you are going to treat employees as expendable assets, don't lie to them about it and claim that people are the number one asset and priority in the organization.

Be more open with intentions and directives.

Do SOMETHING to bridge the gap between management and employees.

Get over the title obsession you current have. Not every mid level management position needs to be labeled as a director. This is an obvious example of the company having to sweeten the deal to lure new prospects.

And finally, do the right thing. Not only towards your employees, but to your customers and to the entire market space. The competitors have slowly come to realize that Spireon is NOT the mammoth that they once were and are quickly aligning themselves to take advantage of this. The current management team is either oblivious or simply doesn't care.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    Looks to FINALLY be headed in the right direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spireon full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great office atmosphere - very laid back and low key. Good benefits and time off package.

    Cons

    Lots of people coming and going. Still plenty of lack of accountability. Compensation is low. Career growth is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to foster an environment of positive reinforcement. Research salaries to offer employees competitive rates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was Great, until an investment firm came in and sucked the life and soul out of it !!! Now it is the 3rd reich !!

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    Current Employee - Gillette Office  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Gillette Office in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Spireon full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you can brown nose you will definitely fit in here but you have a lot of good competition at that.

    Cons

    Half of the people are great to work with, however management all around is horrible and treats employees as subhuman and that goes all the way to the top. Wealthy people who think they are superior to you in every form.
    They make drastic cuts to some departments which adversely affect the lower paid employees and the families they support meanwhile other departments hire new employees they do not need, receive catered lunches, fancy hotel suites while traveling etc etc etc. etc etc.
    The HR dept is a mini Gestapo full of suspicion that breathes down the necks of everybody for the most minute reasons, they police and oppress far more than they help out.
    Employee turnover is extremely high, they come and go. Unfortunately most of the people who were here for 5-10 years have jumped ship as a textbook corporate takeover unfolds around them and the parasite of an investment firm sucks away all the life and happiness from a company that was great without them.
    As the company has a quarterly meeting to boast about the surging profits, Christmas bonuses inexplicably end and Christmas Eve is no longer a paid vacation day as it has been since the companies inception..
    This company has become another corporate pump n dump for Bertram Capital and for the life of me I can not figure out how people like them sleep at night, I Imagine on stacks of cash and the souls of the working man.

    Stay Away. you will regret it !!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat ALL Employes well, not just your inner circle !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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