Hillcrest Labs

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Hillcrest Labs Reviews

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  1.  

    Very interesting and exciting work, lots of work and aggressive schedules

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hillcrest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Get to develop cutting edge technology, respected industry leader, innovative products

    Cons

    Aggressive schedules, priorities shift a lot

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Strong management but lack of product strategy hurt future revenue

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hillcrest Labs full-time

    Pros

    Moving perfectly by order of CEO. Excellent engineering resources. Good business development executives.

    Cons

    Strategic focus has been diverged and lack of foresight hurt a lot of potential business growth. Employee may not see their long-term career development because senior management does not redeem achievement of some prominent employees. Decision has been made solely by friends of CEO or senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Renew some of senior executives and put more engineering and research effort for strategic or opportunities for future revenue opportunities. Make a decision after hearing your employees, not your sweet friends.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great product; very strong leadership from CEO often overlooks feedback / perspectives from members of senior management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I worked at Hillcrest Labs

    Pros

    - Very cool product solution for TVs
    - Strong VC backing for the company (though their ongoing participation in future fundings questionable)
    - A lot of growth potential

    Cons

    -Strong senior management, often overlooks feedback from key members of management and engineering teams
    - Awesome product vision; however implementation and application to the market questionable and yet to be proven after many years
    - At one point the senior management team was very diverse and experienced; over time many of the more accomplished leaders have left and the remaining execs are personal friends with the CEO.
    - Are they now / soon-to-be profitable? The burn rate is high given the market opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the management team more; bring in accomplished leaders without as many "personal friends" on senior management team.
    Where is the market traction? Which market is Hillcrest going to dominate? The vision is very broad but it's not clear what market this vision will play out in.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Smart, underappreciated engineers, and a self-aggrandizing vision.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Hillcrest Labs

    Pros

    There are a ton of incredibly smart and talented engineers that work at Hillcrest Labs. They are doing some very challenging and interesting work. They are constantly challenging their peers and coworkers. The products being developed have a ton of potential.

    Cons

    Limited benefits, vacation time, etc. Managers like to work their employees for long hours. Disconnect between executive team and engineering team. Burnout is not infrequent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your engineers. They know the benefits and limitations of your system better than you do and can help you guide it better than the customers, who will ask for impossible things.

  6.  

    A small company with interesting projects, smart engineers, and tight deadlines

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD

    I have been working at Hillcrest Labs

    Pros

    Interesting and different work than is normally found in the DC area. The company has the largest concentration of smart engineers that I've ever worked with. Ego is not an issue, and most people are genuinely nice to be around.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines and changing priorities. Management tends to take engineering heroics for granted and pushes some people to burn out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't call Hillcrest Labs a startup any more. There should be some limit to the number of years that you can call yourself a startup. Six years is a long time to take to graduate.

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