Fisker Automotive

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Fisker Automotive Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
32 Reviews
2.3
32 Reviews
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  1.  

    Challenging and rewarding. Great founders' vision, grew too big too fast, unfortunate circumstances.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Fisker Automotive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Majority great people, great compensations and benefits...takes certain kinds of people and mentality to make a start-up work. We had them...

    Cons

    ...injection of some upper management people late in the game did it.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Fisker Automotive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool product, employees get along well with others

    Cons

    Company went out of business, poorly managed,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, poor management.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fisker Automotive

    Pros

    Lots of talented workers from all across the automotive industry. Everyone was motivated to make this company succeed and was willing to put in the hours.

    Cons

    Poor management and financial decisions caused this company's downfall. Hopefully the new owners will learn from the mistakes made in the past.

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  5.  

    Passionate, delusional, worst business

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisker Automotive

    Pros

    Professional and fast moving decisions by actual hard working employees. Good benefits and salaries. Many opportunities to learn and grow compare to other typical Michigan OEMs.

    Cons

    Inexperienced in business planning, irresponsible upper management. Employees were living in fear of being let go for years while upper mngt kept all the benefits.

  6.  

    A promising but disappointing job experience.

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    Former Employee - Technical Illustrator  in  Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Illustrator in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Fisker Automotive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative and exciting product with huge potential.

    Cons

    Horrible management caused the decline of the company. Even the owner of which the company was named, resigned from his position as CEO. A classic case of too many cooks in the kitchen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company to China.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Startup environment - You have to be able to work in a very fluid environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Company has hard working Intelligent people. Most employees want to work in a team to get the job done.

    Cons

    Poor communication from senior management. Unstable environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees have to say. Work on communication and sending one message throughout organization.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Take no risk, reap no reward

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Anaheim, CA

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

    Pros

    There were a lot of fun projects to work on. A lot of cross functional work, interfacing with many departments, and the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge in a variety of fields related to the automotive industry.

    Cons

    Working at any start up company is a huge risk. You must realize this before you ever decide to take such a job. As the title says, if you take no risk, then you will never reap any reward either. Fisker was a risk worth taking just because of the great experience and other things gained in the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to have common goals, and cannot be divided.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unfortunate failure

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisker Automotive

    Pros

    Most people that are not executives and few former executives were very passionate and knowledgeable.

    Cons

    exactly what others said... executives are delusional and arrogant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The ship is sinking! Stay away!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisker Automotive

    Pros

    Subject to a lot of cool things.

    Cons

    Very top heavy. The manager to worker ratio was 1:1.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many directors!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great people, backwards culture

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    Former Employee - Technical Specialist
    Former Employee - Technical Specialist

    I worked at Fisker Automotive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talent at the specialist level was great. Many folks who stepped down a level or two to be part of something new. Enthusiastic employees willing to jump through hoops to accomplish what was asked of them.
    Experience gained was invalulable. Due to being a start-up, you were often asked to perform duties outside your role that you would never get to do in traditional automotive. Exposure in 2 years that would have taken a decade of job-hopping in Big 3.
    Benefits were good compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Whereas specialists were filled with ex-managers and senior engineers stepping down, management seemed made up of former middle managers hired to positions above their experience and capability.
    Management lost that lean, agile startup mentality trying to act like a Big 3 level company without the systems and experience to back it up.
    Very poor decisions early on in relation to management of their Finnish partner, handling of supplier contracts, product validation and cost management. Each one came back to bite them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management lost (never had) the ability to manage like a skunkworks and needed those customer-first-focus and spend-each-dollar-like-your-own mentalities that would have prevented much of what happened. The company upper management also lost the focus on people, downsizing the people who did the work while keeping the expensive managers. In a startup employee knowledge is not as easily replaceable as a specialist in a stable company with defined systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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