Hawk Ridge Systems Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
13 Reviews

3.8
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  1.  

    Lots of opportunities at this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hawk Ridge Systems

    Pros

    You are able to make a lot of money

    Cons

    Would be nice to have better retirement package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    401 K Match!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience for a couple of years but don't expect great pay or culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good entry level sales experience. The pros are if you get in with the right crowd you can be content to make okay money. If you can find deals on your own you can do well. 8-5 job!

    Cons

    You better be a self starter because outside of a couple of sales people only the engineers really know what the software does. Office culture is a good ole boy mentality. If you are not in the in crowd you are on the way out. There are similar jobs out there that pay more so look around. Pay is below what is out there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To many people in management. Everyone seems to have a manager title. Many do not inspire. If you need something get ready to beg. Treat your people better than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Smart company. Well-run company.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Woodland Hills, CA

    I have been working at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The only limit to your success at this company is you! If you are talented & hard-working, you will reap the benefits. The company has GREAT APPRECIATION for star employees. They pay well. Pay VERY well as you advance & show your value to the team.

    Cons

    I wish they would match 401k contributions, but I think that will happen in due time. Company is growing rapidly!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep-up the good work! Steve, Dale & Sheree are great owners & super people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    "Best company I have ever worked for"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    We get to work for a great company selling an awesome product and have the opportunity to make good money along the way. I'm not sure you could ask for more then that. When I first started I was told their was a career path and opportunity for advancement from within. I was only here a few month's and I already got a promotion and have had another one since.

    We work very hard but we play hard as well. We are a large company but it still feels small. I work in Southern California and we have a great working dynamic down here. We also still get to work closely with people from other regions and have company events which are a lot of fun.

    Our management provides us with all the tools that we need to be successful. If you enjoy being challenged to constantly get better, learning and making good money this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Honestly I have had numerous sales jobs and this is by far the best one I have ever had. I can't think of any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Their is a great career path here and we are in a position to continue to grow as a company. My advice would be to continue that path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be Part of a Great Sales Team

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Work Hard, Be Rewarded...you're selling a great product, one that has the most users within it's space & working for the #1 worldwide re-seller - it's a no-brainer. Take direction well/be a good listener, it's hard now to succeed here. Numerous employees with 10+ years of experience here, if you are able to take advantage of these resources, you will move up in your career & make more money. Pretty much an 8-5 gig, so good work/life balance.

    Cons

    You will not have your hand-held ramping up here. If you don't require this, can think outside the box, have thick skin, and stick to what is most important (SELLING!) - you will flourish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it Up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Two years with the company and I am very pleased with the atmosphere.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Hawk Ridge has experienced a lot of growth before I came to the company and has continued to grow since I have been here. Since I have been with the company many new products and opportunities have been rolled out. These new products and services allow for my further personal development within the company. Hawk Ridge is still a family owned company and they do treat their employees like extended family. The team environment in each office is above average in my opinion.

    Cons

    With any company that experiences a solid amount of growth year after year there will be some growing pains involved. This can create small bumps in the road for certain business arms at Hawk Ridge. Management does do a good job of evaluating these changes as they are rolled out and makes the appropriate adjustments as needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With offices spread across two countries and multiple locations throughout the US, Hawk Ridge serves a lot of different businesses, industries, and specific markets. The onboarding and training process may not be one size fits all for all locations. Training and the sales process should be better catered to each geographical location.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Reseller  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Reseller in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time

    Pros

    SolidWorks is an interesting product, with fascinating customers and generally a really intelligent community of users and developers. Should you have the right connections or timing you could do pretty well for yourself for a year or two in the right territory with the right products. Some awesome employees are really great and intelligent. There are some entertaining people and personalities that work there.

    Cons

    The culture is very exclusive, you are either "in" or on your way "out". In Oakland/Orinda there is a very old school mentality, and the fringe benefits are nonexistent. Few paid holidays, and it's scary how much the place is like "Office Space" only more unbelievable. If you like your employer to truly care about your well being, this is not the place for you. The nicest thing they do for employees is an occasional trip to the local burrito joint. There is no gratitude, and they reward success with a higher quota, for no increase in compensation. The most worrisome fact is that this is a reseller, and as such they really are not in control of their own destiny. Some things, like family, are more important than work, however, not here. Expect to work everyday other than the day of Holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. Obviously, you should listen to your employees, and make an effort to share in the success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hawk Ridge Systems

    Pros

    Good work life balance. 8-5. Good compensation for expected work.

    Cons

    Not a lot of career movement as this is a mostly service/sales role. Compensation is somewhat low compared to if you went into engineering design.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Hawk Ridge Systems Response

    May 10, 2014HR Manager

    We have added numerous products in the last year and are growing like crazy - there will be lots of growth!

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unless you're in sales, DON'T.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Orinda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Orinda, CA

    I have been working at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The sales guys do pretty well for themselves, so it's not a bad choice if you're a salesperson, I guess.

    Cons

    Owners are incredibly stingy and are INCREDIBLY strict and rigid. Not just "have high expectations" - they micromanage the crap out of us. And they very clearly don't care at all about offering basic employee comforts. There's not even a basic water cooler - if you want water, drink tap water. Personal space heaters are not allowed even if it's freezing cold in the building. Things like that. The owners have a "treat your (non-sales) employees like misbehaving children no matter how well they're doing" approach that makes it a miserable place to work, even though the work itself is fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LOOSEN UP. Start valuing your employees - NOT JUST THE SALES GUYS - and treating them like part of the company rather than burdens you're stuck managing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a small company that is doing well and growing into a larger company quickly.

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    Former Employee - Account Subscription Manager  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Account Subscription Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Hawk Ridge Systems full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall it's a good company whose management is taking solid steps to make it a better company to make money and work at.

    Cons

    Still working about changes, but on the right track.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

    Positive Outlook

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