Future Electronics

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Future Electronics Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
96 Reviews
2.7
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Robert Miller
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Review Highlights

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

  • Good place to start a career, mainly fresh graduates to taste what a boot camp mean (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • not flexible at all, micro management, crazy amount of work (in 9 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Overall a good experience with potential to be better.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Very 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.

    Cons

    Operationally 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognise 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).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring on some strong analog lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    Sometimes 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great opportunity to learn and progress

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

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big 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.

    Cons

    Depending 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great potential, however management strikes out.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside-Sales Representative in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside-Sales Representative in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Potential 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Leadership 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring on more big lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Management made me leave this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside-Sales Representative in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Inside-Sales Representative in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Cafeteria, Good Gym, Can make decent money with the right customers.

    Cons

    extreme micro-management. Managers have no real decision making ability, Manage through fear and intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    All about appearances

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cafeteria in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Cafeteria in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Parking. Bus for employees (if you can get a seat): a SCHOOL bus.. Gym (if you can find the time). On site cafeteria (expensive, not fresh, greasy behind the counter floors): Mr. Miller has own chef..what does that tell you? Boutique for employees (well...really more to impress suppliers/customers): out-dated, size limited, small percentage of employees actually benefit (seems to be 20 or 30 employees who get to regularly attend...out of a possible 1500...and that's only counting those at corporate). Private high end separate boutique for "valued" guests only. Okay company to start a career with but best advice is to move on quickly before you begin to stagnate.

    Cons

    Gossip. Watch your back mentality. Bad management for the most part: they have no power to make real decisions on their own and those who are higher up and do have the power are out of touch with "regular" employees and issues. LONG chain of command. Your superior/manager will not hesitate to take credit for your good work and pass the credit for his/her bad work. Company expects loyalty but does not return in kind. High turnover. Company was/is under investigation and may not be secure in the long run. Some questionable practices (ie: concerning shipping forms, boutique "bribes", etc...). No bonuses: one gets an xmas concert (if the year was a good one) and maybe a trip to the out-dated boutique. A company like Siemens gives bonuses that would cover a part-time worker's yearly salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Miller has said in speeches that he is open to hearing from all employees. He needs to be made aware that it is next to impossible for any but his higher-ups to reach him: there are many road-blocks. All VP's have been around too long and are too comfortable: none willing to rock the boat....introduce change...and without change there is no evolution. No advice to management: it falls on deaf ears. Advice to Mr. Miller is clear the decks and bring in new blood but perhaps being close to the end of his working life, he does not have the vision he did when he began Future Electronics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old School time for change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Future Electronics (less than an year)

    Pros

    Privately Own company which could be one of the best if they would get out of the 1980's attitude and realize we are in a mature industry now and it is time for change

    Cons

    No trust in employee's, try and run everything from a desk in Montreal, No team concept, Used car sales men attitude, inexperence marketers, not in-touch with customers goals, this is not the stock market where you buy low sell high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's 2012 not 1985!! There was a thing invented called the computer. Customers have changed the way they purchase their product, it's not like the old day's where you sit on the phone for an hour going through a BOM and if you had stock the order was yours. Price does come into play now because of the ability to see stock world wide. Customers tend to shy away from doing business with Future because it's not easy to place an order with them. There are at least 5 calls to try an place an order, what's your target, what elese do you have, etc. Young buyers today in the industry just want to place orders and hate coming to Future and talking for 20 mins about a 1k order. Where is "Delight the customer" every company needs to make money, but customers will go to the ease of doing business with someone. Whats the old saying" You buy from people you like" There is a reason Future has been stuck at Number 3 disty. Take a look at your competition strengths and ask yourself, what are they doing different that works for them? Maybe they quote better upfront, we all know it's not the terms. This could be a company that could dominate, there are a lot of good people that work here, I wonder why when people leave for our competition they excell there. Was it really the person that was bad or the system they were working in? Strategies change on a daliy bases, if it's not working, try something new with your customer's. Same can be said for a company!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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