Mini-Circuits

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Mini-Circuits Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
37 Reviews
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Mini-Circuits President Harvey Kaylie
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  1.  

    they have strong work and customer ethics

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Mini-Circuits full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    stable work environment, requires you take responsibility for any action and commission and improve

    Cons

    low moral, rigid and complex decision making process No organizational culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create bottom-up decision making channels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Everyone has their reasons for staying-meet your needs, then leave

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Mini-Circuits full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The office was close to my college. End of story.

    Cons

    Everyone was so deadly afraid of the owner, that it lead to an environment of constant finger pointing. No one wanted to take responsibility for any project, for fear of humiliation and condemnation. Raises were given in nickle increments. This may sound like an exaggeration, but it is not. Those who got a quarter an hour raise were quite full of themselves. I can honestly say it was the longest 6 years of my life, but I stayed to finish up my degree. Not a happy place-not a place to call home. A coworker used to say "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd love to offer advice, but after 6 years, I know none would be taken.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Take risk and improve

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mini-Circuits full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you have a BA degree with no experience, then this is a good place to land on.
    You will learn many aspect of the company, either business negotiation, team work, and diversity.

    Cons

    NO CAREER GROWTH!! MANAGEMENT WILL NOT TAKE YOUR SUGGESTION TO HIGHER LEVEL TO IMPROVE DAILY ROUTINE.
    Worst benefit in NYC, need to pay very high health plan, no raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Got to cut out the old fashion culture.
    Take employee advice and help fight for change in the upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Abusive management attitude

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

    I have been working at Mini-Circuits full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Mini-Circuits will give you a chance to gain experience in the US, which is important if all your experience has been in other countries, many employers (especially in NYC and its surroundings) will ignore experience gained out of the US.

    The employees help each other out.

    Cons

    Mini-Circuits will find any reason to lower the work compensation that an employee might receive, in ways that would be unacceptable to most workers, and takes advantage of the fact that most of it's employees are immigrants or fresh out of college and either have no notion of working conditions in other companies or are stuck due to VISA conditions, or lack of experience in US companies (see Pros)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to refresh the attitude towards your employees (members), they are the greatest asset you have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Salt, Pepper, Red Chili and Sugar!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at Mini-Circuits full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked in MCL for 5 years from 2009-2014.

    As the title suggests, I had the good, the bad, the worst and the best experiences in MCL. Here are my few cents to my 5 years work in MCL.

    Following are the reasons why I stayed in the company:
    1) It was a stable company during the recession. (diversity of products and low cost of operations)
    2) Had lot of responsibilities to justify job security in an otherwise tough job-market.
    3) As a fresh graduate, I needed hands on experience in a design and manufacturing company, which I did.
    4) As an non-US person, I needed to work for an employer who was interested in sponsoring visa.
    5) As an innovator, I had a big play-ground in MCL to experiement my ideas.

    Cons

    Following are the reasons why I decided to switch from MCL to another company:
    1) The industry is out of recession. The weather is clear to go out and play some big games!
    2) MCL offered very poor benefits. If you are a family guy, MCL may not match your family values.
    3) Medical, 401k, salary reviews vacations, holidays are the worst in the industry. Theee worst you can imagine.
    4) All HR authorities (hiring, benefits, salary reviews etC) reside with the president. HR is just a book-keeper.
    5) MCL struggles to find a significant growth in the industry. Although MCL is stable, the growth is very little compared to other RF companies.
    6) MCL has the tools to enter the big markets, but it can never happen without a management team.
    7) There is one-man ownership. Whether it is a million dollars order or the toilet-paper order, it has to be approved by Mr HK.
    8) Poor location of office in terms of public transportation, restaurants and even security.

    Following are a few things that are important to know:
    MCL is a small, single-owner company.
    MCL has a huge diversity of products, but most of the products are low volume.
    It is a great place to get hands on experience for RF Engineers.
    As an RF Engineer, MCL was a great experience to learn how RF industry works. MCL fills the gap between your book knowledge and real life.
    If you go to any company after MCL, you will feel settle comfortably. Actually people will admire the diverse responsibilities you had in MCL.
    MCL is a small company but has a high quality manufacturing processes.
    As a design engineer, you will get to deal with almost every department in the company and that will be the best learning experience for you.
    It is a paradise for international workers hoping to get settled in USA.
    The company loves immigrants talent and willingness to settle for less salary.
    A good company to work for, but not the one you should get married to!

    Just a last piece of advice, "Know your cards in MCL!"
    The odds for a growing career in MCL are low. If you have to bet for MCL, dont bet for too big. Make sure you know when to fold back! Your time is your best asset!

    Thank you,
    SL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the boiler before it explodes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mini-Circuits full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mini-Circuits offers stable job opportunities. The environment is very friendly and multi-national. Mini-Circuits has very well established procedures system. When they hire they will train you and familiarize with procedures of your particular department. They also cross train you to know all the jobs that is done in you department and sometimes in other departments.

    Cons

    Very expensive medical plan and no or very little % of 401K match. Min-Circuits did not have company wide evaluation and salary review for several years. If you have good supervisor who is not afraid to make waves of be "difficult" then you will get some salary increase otherwise - nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please do a better job on medical insurance plans. Also need to make training plan for the supervisors. Some of them are no good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a place for long term career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mini-Circuits part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    growing company and learn many things. Win a space in the market based on its special business model, can learn lots experience.

    Cons

    Family business, narrow minded, many times don't respect employee. Company's culture is named by management as yelling,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible abusive environment where only the CEO's opinion counts

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mini-Circuits

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about this experience

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, bad working conditions, no training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not a good company overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    You can actually learn some new things and most of the coworkers are really good friends.

    Cons

    As has been pointed out by others, be cautious of any review above 3 stars as it probably is either fake, written by management, or written by employees who have not worked at any other company in the US. This is a company to work at if you do not know any better. Good people leave as fast as they could.

    Very few paid holidays. In addition, if you are late the day before or after a holiday you will be deducted your holiday pay by the time you are late. If you are absent the day before or after a holiday you will not get paid the holiday at all. This applies to both hourly and salary employees.

    Benefits are not good at all. Company pays very little towards medical, dental and vision. Salaries are low and there are no raises. You have 6 sick days a year but better have a good reason to use them otherwise it will be frowned upon.

    You are expected to come in to work no matter what. During Super Storm Sandy when the whole city was shut down for two days (Monday & Tuesday), the company was closed however, Mr. Kaylie decided to change the work week that week to Wednesday thru Sunday meaning you were expected to come in to work Saturday and Sunday and if you didn't an explanation was required like if we were back in grade school and needed a note from your parents for missing a day.

    Managers are constantly heard screaming and cursing thru out the floor. Very unprofessional.

    Even for salaried non manufacturing employees, you must clock in and clock out and if you happen to be late by one minute you are considered late by 15 and docked that time.

    Their technology infrastructure is ancient. Email system is always going down, there are always server issues, and until recently they use decades old computer software (Pegasus Email, Windows XP).

    People are afraid to speak up for fear of getting fired. Communication is only one way.

    There is no career growth.

    Employe morale is very low. Management does not trust employees for nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Epic fail. You need to go back to the drawing board and rebuild this whole company from the ground up if you hope to keep good employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Weird

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mini-Circuits

    Pros

    Learn something while multi-tasking at the same time

    Cons

    Bad medical benefits, stone age management, company that does not wish to keep or promote it's members, no salary improvement (for some even 10 years)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are constantly looking for something better. Invest into your employees and let the old dinosaurs go to extinction. Help struggling departments with staffing and actually praise/ provide good feedback to your hard working managers (so many are unappreciated).

    Improve the benefits! Current one is horrible beyond belief. Come on provide something better!

    Once the main head croaks who will take over the company? Instill into future and stop living in the stone age environment of having to go to only three people for guidance or decision making. Create more so people feel proud to be part of the Mini-Circuits community.

    Everything else is utter crap.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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