Newfield Wireless Reviews

Updated August 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Stay Away!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Promising product, and a pretty strong talent pool. Flexibility to work remotely. Market leader in this domain, and well established now.

    Cons

    Lot of politics. Not much growth. A sizable chunk of the development team is quite opinionated, though a few of that group have since left. There are still a few who would brand you as incompetent and you will get sidelined should you disagree with them. Look for one of the comments here ("lot of incompetent engineers") as an example. If you belong to the school of thought that people are talented in one way or the other and that you can disagree without branding others as incompetent ( or anything along those lines), this may not be the right place. Another huge con is that the technologies used are not cutting-edge. Also, the pay is well below market. If you are an experienced developer, there are tons of places in the Bay Area. Stay Away if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to treat people with more respect, specifically people who have served the company for many years.


  2. No respect for field engineers

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    Current Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own decisions Opportunity for freshers Save a lot of money

    Cons

    Only the title is engineer, basically you will be working as a technician Stupid bonus rules No respect for field engineers Very very very limited learning opportunity A lot of traveling, expect 99.99% travel

    Advice to Management

    When you already hire peoples try to put some effort for sort out the good and intelligent ones. Because if you keep on working like this you will be company with no future. When you do not treat your employees well your company cannot succeed. Do not get my advice? Then may be you should not be in management position.


  3. Just a shop looking for bodies

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice location and potentially nice co-workers

    Cons

    terrible job-entry criteria, and vague HR tactics

    Advice to Management

    stay open to realistic talent


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  5. Helpful (1)

    fantastic company to start a career

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open minded work colleagues, fair pay compared to industry standard and they provide an excellent training program. A good place if you are single and very willing to work

    Cons

    mostly hire contractors for projects, would be nice if they keep them all year long. Field engineering role involves lots of hours

    Advice to Management

    you do a great job, but it would be nice if bonuses are clearly defined


  6. Very welcoming and supportive place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless full-time (More than a 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 Management

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


  7. Small company feel; family Work Environment. Brilliant People

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Communicate more whether its bad news or good news


  8. Helpful (4)

    Heading downhill fast since buyout

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    You need to listen to employees instead of talking at them


  9. Helpful (3)

    Grunt Work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - RF Field Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newfield Wireless full-time (Less than a 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 Management

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - RF Engineer in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Newfield Wireless full-time (Less than a 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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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