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Flextronics Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.0 409 reviews

66% Approve of the CEO

Flextronics CEO and Director Mike McNamara

Mike McNamara

(204 ratings)

49% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are nice and depending on position work life balance is good(in 15 reviews)

  • Work environment is safe and security guards on duty all the time(in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • When you are really bust work life balance can be tough(in 13 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't really communicate well with clients and has no business skills to run the whole projects(in 11 reviews)

409 Employee Reviews
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    Value life? Not if Flextronics has a say in it!

    Customer Service Technician (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits are OK ... and thats pushing it.

    ConsHigh stress. Poor pay. Little room for advancement. Regional managers try to rule with fear and have favorites circles. If you're not part of the circle you won't be part of a promotion. Constatntly talked down to. You are given a tech support job yet expected to sell like a sales person. If you don't hit your sales numbers then expect problems. HR is too buddy-buddy with managers and therefore are USELESS.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind another job. You are a disgrace to the Flextronics name. Everything that company says they stand for, you are the exact opposite of!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No one is truly valued!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are quite a few fantastic, very bright people within the organization and some of the greatest friendships that I have ever had were formed there.

    ConsOverall the organization does not care for the people that work there. In most cases it is due to the demands of the Client, but most people are treated as robots and expected to sacrifice everything, every day or otherwise be branded as a worthless laggard. At every level of management there are people who, in a healthier work environment, would probably be spectacular but due to the amount of stress and the extreme expectations are failing miserably. Meeting the status quo is expected and moving beyond it is not encouraged. Mediocrity is the best that most can hope for and most employees are more than dissatisfied with the organization as a whole. The pay stays at about 5-10% lower than anywhere else doing the same job, the communication is horrible at all levels, employees are verbally, mentally, and emotionally abused by the Client (and sometimes internally), and as an organization meeting even the most unreasonable expectations from the Client is almost mandatory.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to your employees and get some more help at all levels. You can't expect that a team of 3 can do the job of 10. Set realistic expectations, and support your people once you do. Don't allow any Client to own your business and make every decision for you...you built a business without them, and while you want them as a part of your business, you can't let them determine every step and decision that you make. Communicate (which includes listening!) to your organization, and get down to the front line and find out what is really going on. Your people are not engaged, and if things continue as they are, they never will be. You have the potential for great things, but you need to REALLY listen to your people!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No future to work with Flextronics Shah Alam.

    Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee) Shah Alam (Malaysia)

    ProsFlextronics Shah Alam was a good place to work. Flexible, good working environment and benefits were not that bad too.

    ConsRecently Flextronics decided to retrenched a total of 1400 employees in Shah Alam plant. It was a bad hit to all of us who were employed under Flextronics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe decision to retrench workers in Shah Alam plant was a bad move. Considering now the manufacturing costs in China has risen, there was not much advantage retrenching the skilled and loyal employees in Shah Alam.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Steer Clear

    Customer Service Technician (Current Employee) Stroudsburg, PA

    ProsFor an entry level position without any education past high school the starting salary is decent. If you're willing to relocate there are constant chances for advancement. 2 weeks paid training (hotel accomodations provided).

    ConsVery stressful environment. Customers will yell at you when you try to adhere to Verizon Wireless policy. Verizon Wireless and Flextronics will yell at you when a customer is upset. When you make exceptions for customers, you will get yelled at for being non-compliant with policy.

    Being admonished for things that are entirely out of your control.

    Sales quotas are unachievable. Even when the quota has not been met, the quota will increase in the next month.

    Be prepared to work almost every holiday.

    Scheduling is done a month in advanced. If something comes up if you're lucky management may approve a schedule change.

    When using the sick time/vacation time/personal time, management will make you feel guilty (ex: "so and so is going to have to be by themselves all day." or "if we can't fill these hours we're going to have to impliment mandatory overtime") and will try to get you to come to work anyway.

    Constant calls on days off for overtime. As with calling out, be prepared to be guilted into cancelling your plans and working overtime, sometimes in stores over an hour away.

    High turnover rate. You will probably see at least one person in your store leave within the first 3-4 months of you being there.

    When offered a promotion, you will most likely wait months before going to training/getting your raise due to insufficient store coverage.

    From mid-November to mid-January you can not use any vacation time due to a Blackout Period.

    Job responsibilities constantly change and are being added to without pay increases.

    Company does not care about employee burnout/dissatisfaction.

    Constant threats of being fired if you don't meet unreasonable goals that you are not properly trained on in the first place.

    Management constantly comes up with new goals/programs/requirements without being in the store to actually know how feasable it is to accomplish everything. Many requirements are counter-productive.

    If you actually know what you're doing and are a hardworker you will eventually get stepped all over. You'll end up doing management work without the management salary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop promising Verizon Wireless so much when the goals are not doable.
    Work in the stores for a week to see how ridiculous all the goals are.
    When promising goals, creating training that will actually help employees be successful, not classes that are a complete waste of time.
    Commission for sales, since our jobs are threatened if we don't meet them.
    Stop giving off the impression that employees should be "happy to have a job" regardless of how we're getting treated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company built to be disbanded.

    Business Development Senior Manager (Former Employee) Tokyo (Japan)

    ProsI could make use of the personal connection to develop a new business with required resources.

    ConsIt seems the organization is not making use of potential power of human resources.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLonger term and resource based view is strongly recommended.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not recommendable as an Employer.

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee) Chennai (India)

    ProsIf there is no alternative, JOIN! If there is, stay away! Otherwise, could not think of anything positive worth mentioning.

    ConsDecision making takes ages, then risk of deciding the opposite of what is required. Arrogance, lack of strategy beyond acquisitions. Focus on centralization and lack of flexibility. Trying to do business in Asia with an narrow-minded American mindset. Too many people in the decision making chain. No real Flextronics identity or culture! Messy organization and bureaucratic structures. No perspective beyond hire & fire: employment roller-coaster!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a genuine Flextronics culture! Clear up the managerial mess in Asia. Do not assign managerial responsibility to job holders who do not understand the culture of the country they are supposed to be responsible for!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Glad to be away from Flextronics. I joined them when Solectron got acquired by Flextronics.

    Sales (Former Employee) Munich (Germany)

    ProsMight be an opportunity to enter this cutthroat industry. I had started working for Solectron, which was a great place to work at, but we got acquired by Flextronics. I believe one might be able to cope with the culture of Flextronics if one has not experienced a better environment. Very down to earth management, always open to discussions, which is good. Very strong emphasis on "getting things done". Questions are asked later.

    ConsPenny pinchers, only driven through controlling. Targets but no strategy. Since there is a strong focus on execution, planning is not a strength which I saw in Flextronics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on a strategy. Implement a strategy

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bad Management- Quality Department

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsPay is ok and the benefits are good. There are alot of experienced inspectors working inthe quality department with great work ethics. Most of the people are very helpful to new employees.

    ConsWhile there are good inspectors, most inspectors are not compensated for their experience and contribution to the success of the company. This is due in part to the people who are placed in supervisory positions without the skills and knowledge that are needed for this position and this includes working with different races, genders, and backgrounds. Supervisors who strategically place inspectors that they like in key working areas only when it is time for layoffs so that their job will be secured. Unfortunately, this causes good experienced people to be laid off. The bad thing about this is that the supervisor who encourages bad work habits from the inspectors such as long breaks and lunches, falsifying time and worst of all, the mentallity that "it's all about quanity not quality", is still employed to start all over again.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire experienced supervisors that know something about the job and how to keep their personal feelings out of the workplace, as this is not the place or the position for the unfairness that has been demonstrated here. Also, listen to complaints from the employees on the floor and let them know that their complaint has been investigated and the results of it, because not everybody is wrong about a particular supervisor. In the future, please do not let the supervisor who writes the employees' review choose who should be laid off because there is too much room for favoritism.

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    People are generally nice but no prospects

    Planner (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people here are really nice; they're friendly and willing to act as a mentor to you. They're willing to teach as long as you have the right attitude and they are really into the teamwork spirit so it's always a team behind you. I am lucky to have met superiors who are willing to grow me and I really appreciates that.

    ConsManagement do not seems aware of the workload and tend to give more and more until somebody quits. At times, as colleagues we help out each other but to be honest, it's not going to work long term.

    They are really cost-driven. They are willing to slash employees at any time as long as it helps the business. People don't feel secure with their job and people who perform are generally given a very bad pay as compared to outside.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove your employees confidence in you. Give recognition where necessary. Match salaries outside or give other benefits in return. Employees are your assets; not your slaves.

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

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    Poor Management

    Order Management Coordinator (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsYou get decent benefits. It is also a good place to start out and learn more about the manufacturing process.

    ConsDon't expect too much more compensation in the form of raises. Also the work/life balance is poor. Management is quick to throw extra duties and demand reports in an unreasonable time frame. Many people work all hours of the night from home. They are quick to blame lower level employees for lack of Revenue, but fail to praise accomplishments. Layoffs were aimed towards Senior Level employees that knew the business. Now there are a bunch of new hires who have not been trained properly and are just trying to get their feet wet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay more, Show appreciation to your talented workers, Communicate changes quicker, and value labor as an investment instead of an expense.

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

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