Kingston Technology
3.1 of 5 17 reviews
www.kingston.com Fountain Valley, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Kingston Technology Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
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3.1 17 reviews

                             

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Kingston Technology President and CEO John Tu

John Tu

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70% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great startup for intern

    Software Engineer Internship (Current Employee)
    Fountain Valley, CA

    ProsWell designed program for getting know ASP.NET and MS SQL

    ConsHTML JAVASCRIPT ASP.NET C# MS SQL is the skill u can practice here but if you want more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent company with a unique nepotistic culture

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Fountain Valley, CA

    Pros* Not much micromanaging
    * Believe in compensating it's employees -- the founders built a culture that rewards good work, but that has changed in the last few years
    * A revenue machine that will continue to steam on even if the sum of it's parts aren't operating optimally

    Cons* Nepotism within organization and a lot of connected relationships (good and bad)
    * Many people have been there forever and are resistent to change

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a more strategic approach -- the business has been commoditized, but there are areas of opportunity to counter that trend.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be aware of politics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of loyalty. Owners are very caring.

    ConsNo room for career advancement. Rumors spread very quickly. Stay away from politics if you can.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor middle management, great CEOs and maybe 30% smart/hard-working employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Fountain Valley, CA

    ProsGood benefit
    CEOs are often in the office with the employees
    Structural, efficient system
    Diversity in the workplace
    Small Gym with fitness classes

    ConsMiddle Management on the sales side (directors, VPs) are often engaged in questionable practices that their subordinates either have to ignore or comply. They are known to juice the system and give preferential treatment to those that do not raise any questions.
    Turn-over is not high because incompetent employees do not get let go most of the times.
    Not up to date with the current trend and technologies
    Flat system with little room for career advancement

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet go of the incompetent employees and maybe the company will thrive again
    When discussing about an issue or conflict, always get both parties present so there will be no dancing around therefore wasting valuable time

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Co-workers are like family, great culture

    MIS (Current Employee)
    Fountain Valley, CA

    ProsKingston has always been very good to their employees. No official pension plan, but 401K is one of the best in the industry. Benefits are awesome also, with little out of the employees' pockets each paycheck.

    ConsGrowth potential in some departments may not be the best. I think it depends on which department you work in and who you work for.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    AR accounting for Latin America high turnover

    AR Accounting Latin America (Former Employee)
    Fountain Valley, CA

    Proscompany has a good reputation. The owners seem very nice and approchable.

    Consthe AR accounting department has high turnover. The accounting department is known as the worst department in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company, lots of loyalty, good benefits, low pay

    Marketing (Current Employee)
    Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    ProsThe company gives you lots of opportunity to grow and learn. Roles and responsibilities can shift quite frequently which gives plenty of opportunity to take on new responsibility. Benefits are a huge plus at Kingston, they're not the best but they're pretty good and relatively cheap.

    ConsFrom an industry perspective the pay is low all around. They try to compensate for it with profit sharing on top of a low base salary. But unfortunately the base salary doesn't really go up much even with new responsibility.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One employee doubles as two - don't be afraid to get your hands dirty at cross-functional roles

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    Pros- Benefit: full insurance for you and family
    - casual environment
    - friendly people
    - Caring CEO - John Tu

    Cons-No cubicles, only desks that took a while to get used to the distractions around you
    -since many employees have been with the company for a long time, their work practices may be outdated and creativity/drive is nonexistent
    -Some 'candidates' apparently got in through their 'family ties or relationship' with existing employees
    -not as innovative

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your staff and your staff will take care of your team

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    Great staff, good company, lack of recognition.

    Field Applications Engineer (Current Employee)
    Anaheim, CA

    ProsDavid and John are a good team. David is a no-nonsense team leader that has good intuition when it comes to business decisions, and John is eloquent and fun loving. Together they help keep Kingston heading in the right direction and enjoyable to work at.

    ConsExceptional achievements and personal sacrifices for the company are sometimes seen as the status quo for some employees. This has a serious effect on company morale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would help morale to recognize excellent employees.

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    To build up package assembly and testing.

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Taipei (Taiwan)

    ProsTo earn the good pay.

    ConsThere is lack of visions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to determine which is the next stage.

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