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Kensington Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
12 Reviews
2.2
12 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a fun place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Kensington full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I always liked the ever-changing products that changed with the times...new iPhone & iPad accessories. Cool new computer accessories, etc. Even my managers were great to work for and I always wanted to do well for them. Unfortunately, that's where it stops...

    Cons

    As other reviewers of this company have said, it seems as though Kensington is always one step short of creating that AWESOME product. A lot of products came off the shelf from overseas, even though there's an R&D facility just over the border in Canada. Each product launch had some "fatal" flaw that couldn't set them apart from the competition.

    And while I loved my direct managers, the ones above them didn't seem to "get it." Sales quotas would be handed down with no knowledge of the specific account or current sales environment. And they were always pushing accounts to load up on inventory to hit that unattainable sales number only to be left chasing that number again the next quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people!! You have a lot of smart, talented employees who's opinions are valuable. This used to be a fun place to work & morale is so low...you gotta pick it up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Has lost it's way and struggling to compete with offshore brands

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Redwood Shores, CA

    I worked at Kensington full-time

    Pros

    It's a small office and benefits are decent

    Cons

    - Not innovative enough, basically repackaging asian goods and taking them to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of some the people that have been there for a very long time and have not much value add.
    Get more of the design work done yourself

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good environment for self-starters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Redwood Shores, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Redwood Shores, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance - they understand that you have other responsibilities and interests outside of work. Excellent benefits, due to the large parent company relationship. Beautiful office space in a great mid-peninsual location. Well known brand name that opens doors for you when working with suppliers and customers.

    Cons

    Very conservative culture passed down from the parent company. Slow to make decisions and not a lot of accountability when deadlines are missed. Lack of follow through on initiatives from the top down. No career development help offered by management, so you are completely on your own to figure out what comes next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow through on the plans you share with the rest of the business. Take a greater interest in development the careers of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company lost its way, morale is very low

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kensington full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are ok and the lower level employees are hard working and have great ideas.

    Cons

    Management constantly changing direction and rarely do individual contributors get recognized for hard work, people in "powerful" positions treat employees very poorly simply because they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No vision...no value add

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kensington full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Established company with long standing channel partner relationships. Some brand recognition.

    Cons

    No desire to gain insights on consumer needs and problems to deliver market innovation and value. Damaged brand, with no desire to put in effort to repair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Operational excellence is not a sustainable strategy. Neither is a buy-sell mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Busy place

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

    I have been working at Kensington (more than a year)

    Pros

    Get in depth knowledge quick
    Fair working environment
    Flat structure

    Cons

    Too busy kind of good or bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many manager won't run things more effeciently

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plenty of great people left the company due to upper management and executive poor decision making.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Kensington

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation, 401k - that's about it.

    Cons

    Due to silo management style decision making, many people have thrown in the towel because it caused so much flux and stress in the company. Dysfunctional organization, doesn't have a strategy, management don't care to stick or implement processes and make jobs efficient. Just get it done - somehow and right away! Some people are very disrespectful and have big egos. Wouldn't recommend working here, but if you do - good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your game plan in sync with all stakeholders and stop wasting time when things needs to get done.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Always has sr. mgt issues, top management down style. Processes are the worst because there are none that has stuck

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Kensington

    Pros

    Great people that work hard and are proud to be a contributor to their projects.
    Fair benefits, flex time

    Cons

    Not enough recognition to the people who made an impact to the business.
    Sr. Management always in disagreement and creates havoc to the front line people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work together and bring up the moral in the oranization

  10.  

    Bad company to work

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

    I have been working at Kensington full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lot of work if you like to work hard.

    Cons

    Sexual Harassment. Rude and bad management.. One employee work load is of 10 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. respect employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    This company lost its way

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

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

    Pros

    good dedicated lower tier people

    Cons

    they make stupid decisions putting the wrong people in charge. They motivate the lower level employees by threatening to move their jobs away to the corporate office or outsource them altogether. Force them to improve metrics without understanding what is necessary to do the job and all around step on the little people while treating them like scum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none, its a lost cause, you dont listen to your employees now, theres nothing to get you out of your way of thinking. The CEO is great when hes in the office but the people he left in charge are not minding the ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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