Flextronics Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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Flextronics CEO and Director Mike McNamara
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Pros
  • Work life balance definitely possible (in 20 reviews)

  • Work environment is safe and security guards on duty all the time (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • The work-life balance is extremely difficult (in 14 reviews)

  • Senior management are starting to adopt a more strategic approach but may take time for rank and file to change behaviors (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Could be worse...

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Flextronics

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility - you are able to work from home if you're productive enough. Fast pace - the more customers, the better...plus, positions are usually not backfilled, especially if the position is in the U.S.. Ukraine? no problem! Diversity - People from all over the world work here There's a basketball court here on the San Jose campus. Pretty decent benefits.

    Cons

    Lower salary than market "old boys's group" syndrome - relatively young workforce, but some who have been here stay, because they're buds with one of the executives Hesitant to spend money that needs to be spent. Diversity is great, but sometimes your teammates are in exotic places that sometimes require conference calls at exotic hours. No recognition - my coworker's ten year anniversary went unnoticed.

    Advice to Management

    Quit acquiring new companies until you get this one profitable enough to get the stock price above $11.


  2. You have to know how to manage and look out for yourself

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Analyst in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Flextronics

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunities to work on cutting edge products is everywhere. If you show the skills and desire to take on responsibilities, they will be given to you (carefully what you ask for).

    Cons

    you must be willing to accept the constant shifting of products and projects off shore (or out of the US at least). It's a cut dog eat dog business and the financial constraints can be brutal. The pace is absolutely frantic so you have to know when to take a break. Most of direction you receive comes in the form of "just get the job done so we can ship the goods"

    Advice to Management

    Watch the money flow at the site level much more closely because site management doesn't.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Lost at sea, in search of an island

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Materials Manager in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Flextronics

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are so many things needing improvement that there are enormous opportunities for those with the desire to fix things. The segmented structure allows people with specialized backgrounds and skills to optimize their position. Flextronics has lots of skill and personel diversity and could succeed greatly, if management could resolve their vision problems. Focus on training next generation leader using the Emerging Leaders program will have a long term benefit for employees and the company. Company is finally starting to recognize employees as an asset but this is still in the early stages. Flextronics is a large distributed company so there are opportunities all over the globe, depending on a person's interest and background.

    Cons

    Management is not supportive of change they don't initiate so a lot of political negotiating can be required to complete even simple changes to policy or procedure. The pay structures are not as competetive as other companies. Some groups run very lean so work requirements in those groups can be difficult. There is lots of politics between different management levels and different regions. Senior management often puts their own personal interests above those of the company. Company vision and goals are financially focused without fully understanding the mechanics required to achieve the goal in a sustainable fashion. Limited focus on quality affects perceptions of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Quality and excellence are the best way to drive revenues and change. Focus on these basics and support them and the company goals will be more achievable. Branding is key to organic growth. Use the vertical manufacturing sites to create branded products for external sale.


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  5. A review on working at flextronics international

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Flextronics

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flextronics is a well established company that has been in the semiconductor manufacturing industry for quite a long time. They are currently doing reasonably well in the market too. It is also a well organized company, providing very good employee health benefits and has helpful human resources personnel. They used to have an indoor basketball gym, not sure if they still have it :-)

    Cons

    I think compared to the market they do not pay that well, but they used to pay decent bonuses. Again, this is just my opinion and the general impression I had from people that I know of.

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Communication lags

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SMT Machine Programmer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - SMT Machine Programmer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Flextronics

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

    Pros

    If you are looking for good benefit, Flextronics does provide good health, stock option, and 401k with 100% matching plan.

    Cons

    Flextronics have poor communication bettween management level and different teams. Lets say there are some issue on production floor, it would take the manager atleast a day later to get notify from the floor supervisor. Another problem, unless your working in the office. If you are on the floor, you'll be working on one of their 2 shifts. 5am to 1.30pm or 1.30pm to 11pm. I happen to be in the 5am shift, there are no way around, programmer have to stay whenever machine operate for support as need.

    Advice to Management

    Really have to work on the communication bettween management level and different teams.


  7. A decent company - not too good not too bad

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Flextronics

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Opportunity it provides for people in the H/W area in contract manufacturing. decent employers. Can work for life until retirement if people chose that way. Extra career oppurtunities for people who wanted to switch over to other cities/countries and if flextronics existed in that country/city. In my view this a key part

    Cons

    The working hours are Long . Not much focus on Software . Sold of the Software business part to Aricent. The employee morale is not so great especially in the software line of Business.

    Advice to Management

    Have a 360 degree of feedback to find out the root of hte problems . Other wise bad managers would spoil the entire environment.


  8. FLEX is a good company (Not a great one yet)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Flextronics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a place where you can grow. Management do not limit where employees want to go.

    Cons

    The company is not for everyone. It's only for goal getters. You have to prove yourself first. I can see why some people might not like FLEX.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication HR is still very weak (many paper processor people) Too many captains in a ship


  9. Communication could be better.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst

    I have been working at Flextronics

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flextronics offers the opportunity to get your foot in the door of the electronic industry as well as be part of an enormous organization with a worldwide foot print.

    Cons

    Communication is not one of the strong suits and team work is absolutely misunderstood. Unfortunately being a contract manufacturer you have to look for cost reductions and compete for the last penny on the table. It's like being at the mercy of the OEM's.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is critical and the job performance evaluations should not be capped. One should receive the result as it was accomplished, whether it's outstanding or poor. More attention should be paid in establishing and following procedures.


  10. Large Revenue, Low GM, Arbitrage driven company fighting for pennies against Chinese (especially)

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Flextronics

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

    Pros

    Large Scale, Reach and Thin Margin company. If you are in to PCB, Plastics, Mechanical and Bending Metals - This is the place for you. Treats employees well and compassionate.

    Cons

    Large EMS companies treat employees as dispensable and like a factory worker (Layoff is way of life within the walls of this company). Not a place for development engineer. No innovation, management is interested in arbirtrage of component buying to shore up 3% profit with huge revenue but slim Gross Margin when compared to Google, CISCO.

    Advice to Management

    The Corportation direction is EMS for its existence with no diversification, stuck in the hole forever unlike companies like MSFT, INTC, GE, IBM, CISCO and even GOOGLE that diversify depending on growth segments. There is nothing wrong with the company given their objectives and narrow vision, but tight operation - Good place for program management, Foreman and factory worker.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Satisfied employee at low margin manufacturer.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at Flextronics

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flextronics offers quite a bit of opportunity for growth and development for those who earn it. I've been promoted twice in 2.5 years. They also offer many global project teams for employees to participate in. That said, it's not in a clear, career-mapping, kind-of way. Usually, promotions seem to be a result of an individuals hard work.

    Cons

    The biggest downside is the amount of time spent working at Flextronics. A 40-hour work week would be a vacation. Flextronics is pretty flexible about working from home at times (not preferred) when you have sick children or appointments. But most workers (not just managers) put in a lot of hours each week.

    Advice to Management

    More communication. The CEO is out-going. Employees like hearing from him. More communication from him directly would be good.



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