Fisker Automotive

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Fisker Automotive Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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2.2 32 reviews

31% Approve of the CEO

Fisker Automotive CEO Tony Posawatz

Tony Posawatz

(16 ratings)

8% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Challenging and rewarding. Great founders' vision, grew too big too fast, unfortunate circumstances.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsMajority 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.

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    Okay place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsCool product, employees get along well with others

    ConsCompany went out of business, poorly managed,

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great people, poor management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots 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.

    ConsPoor 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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    Passionate, delusional, worst business

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsProfessional 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.

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

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    A promising but disappointing job experience.

    Technical Illustrator (Former Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsInnovative and exciting product with huge potential.

    ConsHorrible 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 Senior ManagementSell the company to China.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsPoor communication from senior management. Unstable environment.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unfortunate failure

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The ship is sinking! Stay away!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSubject to a lot of cool things.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many directors!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, backwards culture

    Technical Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsTalent 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.

    ConsWhereas 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 Senior ManagementManagement 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Take no risk, reap no reward

    Engineer (Current Employee) Anaheim, CA

    ProsThere 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.

    ConsWorking 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 Senior ManagementManagement needs to have common goals, and cannot be divided.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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