Newfield Wireless

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Newfield Wireless Reviews

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very welcoming and supportive place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are friendly and welcoming, always willing to lend a hand. Lots of opportunities to learn new job functions. Job can be challenging at times but ultimately rewarding given the team effort involved.

    Cons

    Still working out the details of being a newly acquired company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to keep open communication between departments and consider new ways of tackling new and existing problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Small company feel; family Work Environment. Brilliant People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    New Technology, Kind and Smart People, Work,

    Cons

    Poor upper management communications for any company updates news etc..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more whether its bad news or good news

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Heading downhill fast since buyout

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless

    Pros

    It's in a nice location, you get to work on interesting projects, and there are some really great people that work there.

    Cons

    The company was acquired a few months ago by a much larger company. Since the buyout, things there have started going downhill fast. They have started having standing (no chairs) two-hour-long all-hands meeting, the relaxed environment has started to change, and they have started having employees on a project that was failing behind give daily reports on why the project is falling behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to listen to employees instead of talking at them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Grunt Work

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    Former Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Newfield Wireless full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of travel. Worked with some really cool people.

    Cons

    No time off. No set schedule. Low pay. long hours 12-18 per day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people a fair wage even if they are entry level. Management has terrible communication. nevery letting the teams know when or who is going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    In the short time I have been here, very favorable experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Small privately held firm
    2. Strong business model for wireless carrier RAN optimization.
    3. Collegial and collaborate working environment.

    Cons

    1. Location is nice, but expensive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Genuinely want them to succeed, but held back by persistent focus on the short term

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    They're dealing with difficult and interesting problems that you're unlikely to encounter beyond a research paper. If nothing else, being an employee at Newfield is a good way to quickly gain some really great experience.

    Many (but not all) of the people here are quite skilled and experienced at what they do. You'll find coworkers to be amicable and easy to associate with, and you may even find yourself putting in extra effort out of dedication to them. As a result of how likable the coworkers and company are, you may become emotionally invested in their success, but this can also take a toll on your personal life.

    Cons

    They're still living in 2008, so by hook or by crook they will pay below market. You should probably work here only if you're truly interested in the experience you'll be getting, because the financial incentives just aren't there. You may often be pulling late hours because of yet another production issue or promised feature that doesn't yet exist. But surely you'll be the one to save them once again?

    When the next perennial Big Emergency appears, you'll find it on Your Ass to solve things ASAP. And once things are resolved, lots of big talk will be had, but exasperatingly no steps will be taken to avoid similar situations in the future. As a result of the persistent firefighting, just about everybody is stretched pretty thin. With a few exceptions, the company's heritage as a consulting firm has long led it to heavily emphasize work on the next contract, to the strong detriment of R&D.

    There's also a fair degree of politics behind the scenes, despite the size of the company. Avoid stepping on the wrong toes too often, even if justified.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand that Newfield has long been a consulting company at heart, but please consider goals that extend beyond that next contract. The past intervals where members of the team had time to sit down and make the next big thing have already paid (and continue to pay) huge dividends for the company. Don't let the next contract push you around so much, get out of the cycle of problems which have a deadline of yesterday, and take meaningful steps to avoid this pattern in the future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good experience, but could have been much much better

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    Former Employee - RF Field Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - RF Field Engineer Intern

    I worked at Newfield Wireless as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    After training, you are the one who will lead your team in a market. Lot of responsibilities to deal with which prepares you for the future. Freedom of managing your resources.

    Cons

    Low base salary. Long work hours if you have field job. Rest everything is fine.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay away or get out if you can.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Berkeley, CA

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

    Pros

    Pretty good work/life balance. The location is nice. Plenty of decent and cheap restaurants nearby.

    Cons

    Bonuses and 401k contribution went unpaid (for all employees), in spite of promises from senior management. If you plan on working here, don't let them screw you by giving you a lowsy base salary and promising big bonuses (which won't be paid). Management is stretched thin and not capable of running the teams (1 manager per 25 engineers). Numerous incompetent engineers continue to work there and the management is unable to recognize their incompetence and deal with them appropriately. Management thinks it's wise to fire the best employees for disagreeing with management. If you work hard you will not be rewarded. The snacks are bad. You'd be lucky most days to have milk with your coffee.

    The benefits aren't very good: the insurance has a very high deductible, the 401k has a very high annual fee (near 1%), and there isn't much in the way of perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the current management is incompetent and needs to be changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    positive enjoyable experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless

    Pros

    possibility to work remotely, interesting challenges, table tennis and board games

    Cons

    could organize team building events more often, improve quality and quantity of food supply, reintroduce company birthday lunches

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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