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Helpful (6)

Great staff with incompetent management

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - N/A in Scottsdale, AZ
Former Employee - N/A in Scottsdale, AZ
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I worked at Universal Laser Systems full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

I would have to agree with the previous reviews, great staff, decent pay, and pretty good environment.

Cons

Again, I agree with the previous reviews. There is nearly ZERO advancement and the benefits are terrible (no retirement plan and horrible insurance). There are no reviews, therefore, you will never receive a raise, ever, whether it be for cost of living or performance. The company only hires from without, which is an indication of how it treats it's employees. In other words, they hire for a position but then management believes that your ideas are worthless. This leads to EXTREME micromanagement and lack of direction. Imagine a ship at sea in a storm without a rudder, that would pretty much describe the management ethos and performance.

Advice to Management

There is a great amount of potential in the employees that have been hired. They are your greatest asset, utilize them. Employees bring ideas and experience to the table, this in an incalculable asset to ANY company. It would be nice it management could see this and not grind this asset to dust under their micromanagement heel.

Other Employee Reviews for Universal Laser Systems

  1. Helpful (6)

    Don't expect any advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice people, nice atmosphere, nice location, decent pay.

    Cons

    Utter incompetence of management and ownership. Sales have dropped of considerably over last 5 years due to ineffective modifications to distributor network as well as overall business plan. Product quality is far less important than simply shipping units out the door. Owner is a dictator that refuses to listen to anyone regarding suggested changes. Company prefers to hire from outside the industry rather than promote from within, which leads to management that doesn't understand the customer base or competition.

    Advice to Management

    There is no point in trying to suggest changes to management. Unless the owner sells the company or goes public, there will never be a change in the culture of this company. Unless there is some sort of revelation in the value in utilizing and developing employees into higher level positions, the company will continue down the path of competitive degradation. Sad, really. The company was once a leader, with well designed products, but once all design was brought in-house, quality has degraded to the point that even the Asian imports are a better choice...


  2. Helpful (7)

    Company has potential, but odds of it being reached under current structure are slim.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Universal Laser Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Current employees in general are pleasant to work with. Fun company and product. Generally a low stress environment. Unusual to have to work more than 40 hrs a week in most positions.

    Cons

    Very little room for promotion or professional growth. Benefits are minimal; average health care and no retirement programs (401k, etc). Salary is not higher to compensate for this, in fact, it is considerably lower for equivalent positions elsewhere. Salary program based on company performance is also nonsensical for certain positions. Management structure, direction, accountability, and capability are often laughable at best. High quality employees are often brought in, but then completely stifled and allowed no freedom or decision making capability in their areas of expertise. This quickly leads to frustration and a high turn-around rate in most departments. Unfortunately these short-comings are systemic and not limited to a small portion of the company. There are some bright spots, but not many. Company has potential, but unless major changes in culture are made, they will not be realized.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability. Clear direction and follow through; projects often muddled and constantly changing direction; stop dropping projects half-way to fruition and just finish something. If no promotions, raises, etc to occur, some recognition and thanks would go a long way toward making current employees feel appreciated.


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