Gefen Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Lot's of changes with a major overhaul in process from Top to Bottom

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gefen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are friendly and despite the purchase by Nortek out of RI many years ago it operated much the same until recently. Casual work environment, products are exciting and there is genuine interest by most of the team to be successful. Corporate is putting in infrastructure to make it "world class status" so innovative additions in the wind.

    Cons

    Recent makeover and oust of all the senior management including founder. Replaced with corporate A team list but they lack leadership talents, synergy and product knowledge. Unable to determine future of this company as operations and talent is in a state of flux. Morale at all time low and uncertainty in the air.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stick with it. Constant changes in leadership and business model without clear communication effects the bottom line and makes us all wonder "who is running the show". Invest the time and energy to fix what is broken and support what is not.


  2. Driven into the Ground by its parent company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gefen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    its a job, but not much more than that.

    Cons

    personal growth, training, compensation, job satisfaction


  3. Utter destruction by the Nortek Corporation

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chatsworth, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Chatsworth, CA

    I have been working at Gefen full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Getting a check for doing very little or nothing . Great place to run your personal business while others around surf web

    Cons

    Nortek appointed executives barely on premises . New team lack understanding of products, process and sales. One relives his Cisco glory days and supporting a windmill concept with other AV Co. Yes person to group president

    Advice to Management

    Nortek loose these leeches you put in charge and bring the true founding leaders back.


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  5. Killed by corporate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at Gefen full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Gefen used to be a family environment with lots of room for growth and opportunity. There was stability.

    Cons

    Corporate takeover has killed the company. Several corporate members have jumped in and are trying to run this business based on what they think works on paper. The family atmosphere is dead. Employees are ignored and disregarded. All upper management has been removed. Many key employees have also been let go or quit. Working conditions have become unbearable.

    Advice to Management

    You failed to learn why Gefen was successful. Because of this, the customers will go elsewhere and the company is doomed to die. RIP Gefen.


  6. Stay as far away as possible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at Gefen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, Casual dress code

    Cons

    Managment can not make up their mind, their decision will change periodically, and you will get blamed for something they advised you to do prior to changing their mind. No motivation or credit is given for a good job or effort you put in your position, instead you will be criticized on everything.

    Advice to Management

    Stop MICROMANAGING your employees, give them a chance to do their Job, and make decisions.


  7. Dizzy ride through years of explosive growth, organizational changes, chaos, high stress

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - White-Collar Office Worker in Chatsworth, CA
    Former Employee - White-Collar Office Worker in Chatsworth, CA

    I worked at Gefen

    Pros

    Casual dress allowed Yearly bonus at Christmas Time Friendly co-workers Close to home for many people Hourly shifts limited to 8 hours a day

    Cons

    Senior management constantly reverses decisions causing major re-work of projects Front-line workers have no authority. Much time is wasted getting approvals for trivial matters Praise for a good job is absent but scorn for mistakes is loud Management is often absent the premises when needed for decisions Knowledge is de-centralized and projects have to go thru many desks to get done Shared computer systems can be unreliable or slow

    Advice to Management

    Stop reversing decisions and wasting workers time Trust your people more and give more authority to those under you Have more open-door discussion sessions with your people and seriously consider suggestions Centralize knowledge about products; eliminate the need to visit a "chain of desks"


  8. Amazing place to work. Lucky to work here.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gefen

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    friendly people, competitive pay, well ran

    Cons

    nothing really other then i wish we could function more efficiently



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