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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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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spireon

    Pros

    Awesome product/market opportunity. Bleeding edge tech. Lots of opportunity to influence the business and your working group. Good benefits (not the best), but they cover all the bases.

    Cons

    Lots of org change recently - oldtimers on their way out, new ones trying to get their feet under them.

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    Rapidly growing company with strong core values.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spireon full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This company is dedicated to its customers and employees. Many opportunities to contribute to the company's growth and success. The CEO is passionate about taking the company to the next level. Employees held accountable for actions. Competitive pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Company operates in silos. HR does not foster an environment of trust. Not enough time to properly address all initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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