Fisker Automotive Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. Still the wrong management.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Fisker Automotive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice/Capabale People. Good Location. A great opportunity and potentially a really cool product. Seemingly well funded. Used to have good benefits.

    Cons

    CEO is incompetent. (Jury is out in the COO) Chinese management is distant and completely unaware of how mismanaged some parts of the company are. Benefits are no longer competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO.

  2. Great exterior design, poor execution

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Fisker Automotive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly People, laid-back atmosphere, talented people

    Cons

    Lacking the sense of urgency. Putting the wrong management people in the wrong areas.

    Advice to Management

    Re-structure the executive team. Then hire people from experienced car manufacturers who actually have launched vehicles before.

  3. cool product, but mostly prototype. Management plays games by making "dashboards" every week and not doing work.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Fisker Automotive full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Being in California, electric vehicle technology, close to family.

    Cons

    Management plays political games with the parent company, Wanxiang Group. The most important task every week is to create so-called "dashboards" to show company progress.

    Advice to Management

    Fire 1/2 of the executive team. They are talkers not do-ers..

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  5. Unique Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fisker Automotive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location and design of cars.

    Cons

    Poor and wrong management. COO came from aerospace industry and knew nothing about automotive. Whole management group is in lack of basic skills and visions. No decision was made in time and no correct decision was made. The morale of talented employees is low.

    Advice to Management

    Wanxiang need restructure Fisker by hiring excellent leaders.

  6. Great place to work - However, no direction!

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of freedom, People are great, Fun Place to work. No formal structure so it gives you the opportunity to make changes as you see fit.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and management left many people spinning there wheels with nothing to do. Some executives have attitudes that they are better than everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Give people direction. Most people that work there want to do a good job and make meaningful changes but the lack of direction is killing moral.

  7. Lacked leadership focus

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    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Analyst in Anaheim, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun product, great workforce, dedicated people

    Cons

    Top heavy, inconsistent senior leadership, rushed product

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the product rather than the marketing

  8. 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 (more than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  9. Okay place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Anaheim, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool product, employees get along well with others

    Cons

    Company went out of business, poorly managed,

    Advice to Management

    Be more open.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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