Hurricane Electric Reviews

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great learning experience, but a little disorganized and limited opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hurricane Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is never hostile, most co-workers are very helpful and friendly, the work pace is typically relaxed, they promote education through their programs.

    Cons

    There is a bit of disorganization in terms of information and equipment, sometimes people lack initiative to do work, limited advancement opportunities, and sometimes there are delays in communication.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep things more organized, enforce work discipline a little more strictly, and pay more attention to off-shifts.


  2. Work here only if you have no other choice

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical and dental plans are good

    Cons

    Hurricane Electric is like a prison for low-paid IT and networking staff. Nobody has any decision-making power (even to order business cards or coffee) except the CEO. There is no hierarchy and therefore no chance of career growth or promotions. Stay away from the CEO as he always seems angry at something or the other. The CEO either does not remember what he told you the last time you met him or just lies through his teeth. Only people who remain there are ones who have nowhere else to go.

    Advice to Management

    CEO is the only top management in this company


  3. Lost in the crowd. Loyalty overlooked.

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    Former Employee - Support Service in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Support Service in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hurricane Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like to code there is a lot of time to work on your own projects.

    Cons

    Almost abusive scheduling. Constant unscheduled overtime to cover for other employee's that get treated better do to programming experience.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know some of the non goldenboys. You might be surprised what they can bring to the table.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A entry-level position with a company of smart people.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, fun people, free lunch on Fridays, pets can come in to work (with support engineers and network engineers), working with Internet backbone is relatively interesting, datacenters are awesome

    Cons

    Without hard technical skills, difficult to move ahead, no real corporate ladder to climb, some say medical compensation is low for those with families

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for being available all the time!


  6. Helpful (2)

    Don't take a part-time offer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hurricane Electric full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility while on the job, opportunity to grow your technical skills, incentives to get certifications. Staff and admins are overall great.

    Cons

    Part-timers can get promoted to full-time (after some hoops to jump through) and do the same work, but get paid significantly less. Strange hoops to jump through with petty rewards. Despite making it sound like a developer position, few programming tasks and a terrible environment to code in. Impersonal atmosphere -- you are a replaceable cog in a machine. No real way to move up the ladder as there was no real management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Shift coverage is uneven. Please make it clear what you expect from employees. Hiring people you expect to go full-time as part-time in an attempt to pay them less drives down morale.



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