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Freeslate Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

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  1.  

    Good products, too many changes of strategy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technical team, collaborative atmosphere up to the director level. Flexible working hours to balance work with family commitments

    Cons

    Insular Senior Mgmt that did not respect directors, numerous reversals of strategy, competition among business units that was characteristic of a much larger company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A good company is going down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    interesting technology, some real talented employees.

    Cons

    Narrow minded executives, ever changing strategy, high turn over ratio even at the top level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep integrity at top level if you ask employees to follow the same requirement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I was a contractor perm employee with a 90% positive experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Freeslate as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Technically knowledgeable & cooperative engineers & lab techs. My project mgr. madre it so much easier for me to do my job.

    Cons

    Inept HR personnel, I'm certain they never even read the contract they signed with my placement agency. Mgmt. is very top-heavy for a company this small (8 directors & only 100 workers total?), they are often clueless about a business plan or growth so their future looks bleak. As a temp to perm contractor the majority of my problems were with my agency, not
    with Freeslate, but hier recent reverses prohibited bringing me on permanently & I understand there have been layoffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The niche market enjoyed in the past is closing up fast. Get rid of about half the directors soaking up most of the profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall very disappointing - has never lived up to the promises of initial interviews

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good technology, and some sharp minds at this company. People in the field (traveling and interacting with customers) and the people in-house (support and service) are genuinely interested in delivering a successfu solution.

    Cons

    This is less so for mgmt, who sacrifice good relationships internally and externally for short-term personal gain. Viable market is limited and shrinking. Inflexible vision and myopic strategy are insurmountable obstacles to prod mgmt, sales, and service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop patting each other on the back. This mgmt team is riddled with inexperience, so accept feedback and learn from employees and customer base. Micromanagement and forced customers acquiescence are not solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Freeslate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good people, friendly environment

    Cons

    A lot of work, but really not much to say as a negative

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Looks like the company is going down. Time to run.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. Good location. Good idea behind it.

    Cons

    Cutting budget. Not taking care of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of your new admin J.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Technology..Management confused

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Love working with some of the coolest technology in lab automation and experimentation
    People
    Good Perks like free breakfast, Happy Hours, etc.
    Management Communication

    Cons

    Senior management seems very confused
    Not much innovation like in the past
    Lack of growth prospects and repetitive projects due to which that have lost some good people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure if any advice would be taken by them seriously

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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