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Sanmina Chairman and CEO Jure Sola
Jure Sola
2 Ratings

Pros
  • I worked with a lot of good people (in 9 reviews)

  • A good place to learn many things in Oracle, less red-tape, and open access to technologies (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management needs to change (in 9 reviews)

  • There is a lack of communication from management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Going downhill fast!

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people at the engineering level

    Cons

    Poor morale Frequent random layoffs Pay competeitive to start then no increase. High turnover in engineering 33% in a year.

    Advice to Management

    Seek and utilize employees advice rather than top down management. Treat employees as an asset rather than a cost to be minimized. Cheaper to keep current engineers than hire new.


  2. Helpful (1)

    People as commodities, antiquated equipment.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fountain, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fountain, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It pays the bills, and their benefits package is good enough. The people are the best reason - they've fought so hard under so much pain and suffering that everyone shares a common spirit of survival, and they're almost all friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    People as commodities, antiquated equipment. The bean counters run the company into the ground. While the numbers-business people want bizarre and unattainable business metrics, their quality people are constantly adding more and more requirements. The bean counters want profitability and to lay off as many people as possible, but the quality people want to add a ton of extra requirements to prove that plants are meeting all kinds of quality metrics that cost money to keep up. (the quality people have the right idea, but end up creating more problems at the plant level because of hard choices that must be made) Their equipment is old and engineers are reduced to being maintenance crew and operators on old machines rather than being the ones who select the best equipment that will bring the company into the next wave of technological advancement. The selections for plant management are laughable at best. I've been told a sister plant has a person with a high school education, a history of using drugs in the plant on the off shifts, and difficulties understanding how to use his personal computer - as their plant manager.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a common goal - is the goal to drive the company into the ground by milking every last bit out of equipment and people who are overworked to the bone, or is it to drive long-term improvement of systems? You can't have both.



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