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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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2.7 89 reviews

30% Approve of the CEO

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Robert Miller

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong technical team across the board makes it an excellent place to learn and excel(in 4 reviews)

  • Stable job, room to grow, overall great people and senior leadership(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • not flexible at all, micro management, crazy amount of work(in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management gives no direction and they don't communicate very well(in 6 reviews)

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    3 people found this helpful  

    They try hard but fail hard

    Product Marketer (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat extras at the head office: gym, cafeteria, good opportunities for training , a good range of discounts for services and shops, free coffee and tea.
    Great people, good place for networking
    It's a good place to start your career and gain experience

    ConsThey don't recognize hard workers, they can take advantage of good intentions. Some managers can be very severe and hard to please, tend to micro-manage. There is a lack of respect for lower level positions and elevations are rampant. They don't have much concern for their employees' satisfaction, it even seems like they'd rather have people quit than fire the bad apples.
    You get very little benefit for seniority.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees have great ideas on how to improve things but management don't project openness to listen. They should spend more time on their good employees and less on the bad ones. They need to show more recognition for the people who are actually doing good work.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good bridge employment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGood place to start a career, mainly fresh graduates to taste what a boot camp mean....

    ConsThe company has excellent young people that have the potential to excel in their jobs and have a great career, but management doesn't know how to hold on to these guys.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFuture is like a super race car, it has everything to make it win the championship except a good driver... Need to train new drivers to stay competitive

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

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    Hard brutal experience!

    FAI -Account Executive (Former Employee) Bangalore (India)

    ProsBelieve me if you survive 1 year in this Industry you can survive any where.....good industry exposure - logistics,purchase, operations........Internet works in decent speed, salary comes in time, Team mates are good,Manager helps you in Joint Meeting

    ConsSalary, no Recreation facility, no food or Transport service, negative incentive basis,

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease Motivate People to achieve targets...Scaring people will not get you anywhere.....if you treat people like criminals they would leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a good experience with potential to be better.

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsVery IT-focused, lots of potential to dominate competition with information technology as leverage. Can tell management is trying hard to look at facts/statistics to back up their actions as opposed to just going with intuition, Moneyball-style, which is great. It reduces politicking to a certain extent, and does give a sense of fairness to decisions made.

    ConsOperationally information technology doesn't really work very well yet. Strategic needs just don't seem to be aligned closely enough with tactical and operational needs (and this disparity seems to be ignored by IT) and this causes quite a lot of frustration at the lower levels. The Asia (and perhaps Europe) teams also seem to get the shorter end of the stick when it comes to IT support and "ears", though it's just about adequate for most purposes.

    Recently the strong emphasis on Marketing and Sales teams to produce reports to back up their numbers does seem to interfere with the Sales and Marketing teams to come up with the numbers--it takes up too much time, with IT reporting abilities seemingly unable to catch up.

    Statistics are great, but they are sometimes taken at face value without taking into consideration the context in which they are based on. It is assumed that all branches work the same throughout the world, and that productivity numbers assumed correct for one region are exactly the same in another. I've got nothing to back this up, but my guess is that different ways of working might require modifications (even if slight) to how the numbers are interpreted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognise profit/revenue-maximising actions, not outcomes. If a branch/department/employee doesn't hit budget, as long as all the decisions and actions taken leading up the the dissatisfactory outcome were the "correct/best" actions at that point in time, then the outcome shouldn't be penalised even if the actions aren't rewarded (not reward perhaps as to "keep the peace" and not let entities with better outcomes feel cheated).

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I loved the challenges, camaraderie, and vision of management.

    Field Applications Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSalary, Benefits, Teamwork, Products, Management, Opportunities, and Training along with working on the newest products with a very wide array of customers.

    ConsLong product development cycles. Sometimes it takes two years to see products that you worked on reach the market place but when they do it is very gratifying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring on some strong analog lines.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I fully recommend Future for ambitious, talented engineers who seek development and career oportunites

    Field Applications Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking with newest hw before it's released on the market. Customers are some of the biggest names in the world. Freedom to contribute ideas on products and improve them. Colleagues are enthusiastic about technology. Senior management, company culture and career oportunities.

    ConsSometimes people will get hired because of a desperate need to hire people; this ruins some of the existing social chemistry. Sometimes the people that get hired get treated better than current [deserving] employees; this discussion does go into a grey area and it's something that happens in a lot of companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company management is going through a continuous learning cycle, which will help it make better decisions about hiring and retaining the employees that it needs. Just don't rush the hiring part.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great opportunity to learn and progress

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    ProsBig company with many opportunities IF you work for it. This is not a place you will ever stare at the clock bored and wondering what to do next. Lots to learn in the semiconductor industry as well as led lighting, renewable energy, rf and wireless and other focus segments. You are working in a team, but success comes to self starters that are motivated. HR does a good job to have free ice cream on Fridays in the summer, free coffee and tea always available, as well as many themed free food days such as apple pie and ice cream in the fall or iced coffee days. Cafe is really good. Pay is competitive.

    ConsDepending on your job it can be difficult to keep up. Lots going on at one time. The company is entrepreneurial, but people have made mistakes so there are SOP's in place to prevent mistakes, but that can also limit possibilities to the point where some people have given up trying new things.

    Advice to Senior ManagementResponsibility has been driven to the top forcing daily activities to take longer than they should while leaving employees feeling unmotivated.

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    Great potential, however management strikes out.

    Inside-Sales Representative (Former Employee) Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat salary if you can get top paying accounts in sales.
    Friendly people in general. Good cafeteria.
    In office gym.
    Great place to learn (the hard way though)
    Some career advancement opportunity (reservations on this point)
    Excellent but expensive benefits package.

    ConsManagement asked to micro manage way too much.
    This leads to very depressed employee morale, people are overworked from all the forms they need to fill out, real work that generates results and dollars is somewhat neglected due to this aspect.

    A very stressful environment mainly due to bully style management. Threats are normal. It's as though management lacks creativity on how to stimulate their employees and resorts to the same tactics by cutting employee salaries. Most rely heavily on their commission cheques and this management sees it fit to penalize employees for not meeting unrealistic quotas by cutting into their earnings some more. Sad.

    Training isn't the norm. Most of those who gain success learn on the fly and from colleagues.
    Management comes up with very poor business practises. There's a definite lack of direction as all departments never seem to work together. There's really no synergy between important decision makers.

    Processes are broken and completely outdated. The workload is difficult because of this. To do anything, you need to follow it through way too many departments. This leads to many conversations which can result into confrontations, this seems to happen on a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPotential to make Future Electronics a world class organization is very achievable.

    Take the following three steps:
    1. Stop all the micro-managing and focus your energy on creating a well defined procedural guide so that everyone has a reference point to know how to do their job.
    2. Increase training in the correct aspects of sales. Focus on time/email management, email/phone etiquette and developing active listening skills.
    3. Listen to your people, put yourselves in their shoes and really hear them out. There's a ton of highly intelligent people and their ideas are under-utilized.

    Please realize that the potential is enormous, and if managed differently it would likely lead to different results. Funny that the first time I ever heard this expression is @ Future Electronics: "Crazy is doing things the same way over and over again and expecting different results" So... if you can't follow your own advice with the management style, then... enough said.

    Thank you.

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

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    Very competitive salaries and benefits in comparison to other big employers in the area

    Senior Product Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIf you compare it to a number of others, the retention is much higher, pay is better and the environment benefits and work/life balance also tend to be a step above. Plenty of advancement opportunities - however this is not a place where you should expect to be promoted just by being there long enough. Also plenty of opportunities to move into different areas within the company as well as travel even in non-management positions. Company has a heathly sense of community and giving back. One of the few corporate offices that is more about individuality rather than conformity -diverse workforce a plus as well.

    ConsLeadership on the whole is fairly good however lower level management may be hit or miss - upper management is excellent. The competition can be tough however there are ample resources that the company provides to train up and gain more experience to leverage.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring on more big lines.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management made me leave this company.

    Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

    ProsLearn teamwork skills, how to deal with people (customers, co-workers, manufacturer reps).
    Company has a good reputation in the local market.

    ConsNot many opportunities to grow. No commission for sales, no commission for overtime work.
    Very stressful. Focus on Marketing, no focus on Sales. Unrealistic goals with no regards for the actual market situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to Sales team and believe them. They probably know much more about what is possible and what's not.

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

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