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Great experience

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA
Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Diego, CA

I have been working at Volcano Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The senior management is very open and accessible. The culture is fun with a young active vibe. I feel like what I do makes a difference in the companies success. In general I feel valued as an employee. Great flexibility for work life balance.

Cons

As the company is growing there is a a lot of change and constant re-org. Lots of layoffs recently especially in non San Diego locations are bad for morale.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked, Unrealistic goals, Mistreatment of employees, Mismanaged from top to middle tiers,

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research and Development Department in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Research and Development Department in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are helping people in need of this technology but at the cost of an extremely stressful work environment.
    Another positive is the fact they are moving operations in the next few years so you wont have a job.

    Cons

    - No bonuses
    - No pay raises due to cost savings even though the company is making huge profits.
    - Appreciation of employees is shown by giving you a bean bag lion with a volcano cape on it.
    - Workload is unmanageable in 40 hours per week. Most work 50-60 hours a week or more.
    - Unrealistic deadlines and belittlement of employees who do not meet these goals.
    - Quarterly meetings consist of listening to the upper management talk about their recent vacations and how much profit the company made but no talks of raises.
    - If you ask for vacation time expect to be made very guilty for asking for it.
    - Approx 10 hours a week is spent in meeting that have no bearing for you and most other people there thus hindering your work ability.
    - Everything is a panic and a rush as no planning to fix the broken process is ever made but "we are constantly working on it, but we just don't have the time right now to implement it" attitude is everywhere.
    - Raise a general concern and you are shot down almost immediately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons and act on them. I am one of many people who will never work there again.

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

    Not a long term engagement.

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

    I have been working at Volcano Corporation full-time

    Pros

    - Despite being severely understaffed, QA dept. works hard and upholds overall positive attitude under high pressure and stringent requirements
    - Interesting technology
    - Lots of work to go around and more often than not you will find yourself thrown in the deep end to learn quickly
    - Compensation is acceptable

    Cons

    - No clear display of employee appreciation; annual raise caps at 2% for "high performers" & promotional raises are nothing to shout about. Definitely room for improvement considering growth of company (where does the profit go?).
    - Lots of flattering words to temporarily appease employee dissatisfaction, but no action
    - Movement of manufacturing to Costa Rica caused low employee morale
    - Few opportunities to move within the organization
    - Management needs to better understand work and set realistic expectations for understaffed departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your #1 asset. Treat them that way and you will reap the rewards. Listen to your people, take the time to understand the work they are doing, and realize that tasks are not as easy as they seem when you are discussing them at a higher level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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