Sakti3 Reviews

Updated May 2, 2014
Updated May 2, 2014
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Solid State Li-ion Battery Startup

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Sakti3 full-time

    Pros

    Aside from upper management in the Enterprise, Finance and Operations departments, every associate within the company is amazing to work with! Wholesome breakfasts are provided once every week during the company's "Sync" meeting. The work is challenging and every position within the company allows for personal growth and development.

    Cons

    Upper management are more politicians than business leaders. They claim to have created an amazing culture within the company using non-threatening tactics and have years of experience "growing" people. The culture is mock-worthy and the culture they have created is more of a cult-like experience where everyone, including the leaders in Finance and Operations pretend to drink the Kool-aid. We all enjoy working with each other, but find the personalities of the company's leaders to be very Jekyll and Hyde. They love to humiliate people by excoriating them in large groups and use their weekly "Sync" time to put themselves up on a pedestal. They insert themselves into every project that goes on in the company and obsess over details such as font size, and text placement on Powerpoint slides. These OCD tactics tend to slow down efficiency, bring down morale and increase frustration. The company's leaders claim to have a photographic memory, but consistently forgets directions that they have given or emails that they have written.

    The leaders of the Operations department pretend to have the little guy's interest at heart, but never walks the walk. They have a tendency to micro-manage and borderline harrass their employees while they are attempting to complete projects or tasks.

    The leaders in Finance are abrasive, rude, and condescending. They have absolutely no customer service skills and are willing to place blame on anyone but themselves. They lack personality and should not be allowed to interact with people inside or outside of the company.

    The average hours worked by the technical staff are between 11-12+ hours a day. There were promises of expanding and hiring associates for other shifts, but instead the company laid off over 26% of their workforce and increased the workload for everyone left. They used the employees to prepare the company for a downsize and then gave them their pink slips when they were through with them. Management lied to the staff saying that there was plenty of work to go around when questions started to get asked. Upper management offered stock options to every associate within the company and tries to use the "owner" mentality to guilt us into working longer hours or take on more work. In reality, the stock options offered to employees without a management or engineering title amount to very little and are not worth the effort they are requesting from front-line staff. Upper management preaches about being transparent, honest, and logical, but hides behind closed doors all day while advertising an open door policy. They demand appreciation, recognition, and thanks and when it is not given they will remind you to say "thank you" or to ask them how they are doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be realistic about what an individual can accomplish in a typical work day. An 11-12+ hour shift a few times a week is acceptable, but asking people to sacrifice time with their families, friends and or give up a social life is ridiculous. Don't obssess over the details. You have hired intelligent people who know how to do their jobs, so let them! Don't use fear tactics and humiliation to get what you want. You only turn the culture you've created into something to mock, the most mock-worthy thing being yourself. Don't demand or request respect. It comes to those who are worthy of receiving it. Don't lecture. If you want to continue being a professor, then you should never have started a business. Employees want the facts, not your opinion. Don't pretend to be something that you're not. Photographic memory is something that can be learned and if you cannot remember an email that you wrote, a task that you've given, or the name of one of your employee's children, then you probably don't have a eidetic memory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    CEO ruined the company.

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

    I have been working at Sakti3

    Pros

    Amazing coworkers, free food.

    Cons

    CEO micromanages every square inch of the company. She lies to your face about "ethics" and "culture". The work schedule is 80+ hours a week with poor benefits. Stock options are a joke for the amount of work. Can't retain good employees due to lack of benefits, long work week and overbearing CEO. What once was a promising company has been driven into the ground. CEO is unrealistic about the technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late in the game for advice. CEO is obviously clutching at straws at this point.

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

    Once Promising Start-up Being Driven into the Ground

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Sakti3 full-time

    Pros

    Front line staff is phenomenal to work with. The only way to survive is to form an allegiance with your coworkers and that is very easy to do because they are all great!

    Cons

    The company culture is a huge sham. The leaders tell us how to "act" and "behave" when we have visitors or when the BOD is on site. The CEO has many faces depending on who is in the building. Micromanagement is to an extreme. Upper management takes turns throwing each other under the bus rather than focusing on company goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more interest in running your company rather than micromanaging the fine details. Hypocrisy is the biggest killer of trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stressful work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Purchasing Agent in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Sakti3

    Pros

    -The co-workers are great!
    - Small growing company

    Cons

    -Management is controlling, disrespectful and unprofessional
    -Stressful environment
    -Management has a difficult time delegating tasks so there is a lot of down time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the company to be successful, you should treat your employees with respect so they, in turn, respect you. Furthermore, creating a respectful environment where people want to work for you would also make them want to work harder for you and help your company succeed. Belittling employees and instilling fear and a lack of job security is not the best way to run an office, in my opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    high-tech startup in the midwest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I have been working at Sakti3

    Pros

    The main reasons to work at the firm are the impact of the project on the environment and global warming and the fact that the funding is coming from a successful VC firm in California that scored many success startup business and brought them to IPO.

    Cons

    The wages are low compared to the amount of work and level of commitment required. The offer of equity in the company is fair but doesn't provide any immediate value. 2 years non-compete clause is built in the contract. The CEO is very controlling and micromanages every activity in the company, the outcome is not much freedom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster team building and new ideas. Don't use fear tactics to make people execute and exercise control.

    Doesn't Recommend

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