Sanmina-SCI Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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Sanmina-SCI Chairman and CEO Jure Sola
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Pros
  • Some very good people to work with who do care and basically keep the place going (in 9 reviews)

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

Cons
  • poor upper management no consistency (in 9 reviews)

  • huge disparity between senior management compensation and othe rcompensation (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Very fast-paced environment, good place to start out, chaotic but opportunistic learning environment.

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

    I worked at Sanmina-SCI full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of things to do, great opportunities to learn. Advancement opportunities are solid. Good people to work with in many cases.

    Cons

    Notoriously poor pay for entry to mid-career employees. High turnover and frequent rolling layoffs.

  2. Quality Engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Huntsville, AL

    I worked at Sanmina-SCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Had a job for 16 years.

    Cons

    Company does not care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to CEO.

  3. Two Time Loser At Sanmina

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    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Huntsville, AL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work not terribly unpleasant most of the time (dependent on department), good training ground for subsequent jobs.

    Cons

    Two times working for Sanmina, two times laid off. More ups and downs than a monster roller coaster. Mandatory time off during the recession was harder on hourly than it was lower management (as a percent pay cut).

    Advice to Management

    Many jobs begin only as temp positions. That's bush league. Seems like the company may be run with too much concern for the stock price and where it's going.

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  5. Test Tech

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    Current Employee - PCB Test Tech in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - PCB Test Tech in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Sanmina-SCI

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    good people, good location, # 3 shifts

    Cons

    Management could not care less about product.

    Advice to Management

    As long as the get the 40 Hrs all good. The rest are just working 32Hrs.

  6. Turtle Lake plant is the worst place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Turtle Lake, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Turtle Lake, WI

    I worked at Sanmina-SCI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people below management level.

    Cons

    Completely unethical and incompetent management.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.

  7. IST testing, X-session

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Sanmina-SCI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great boss, good co-worker and the work is related to my knowledge (software tester, computer science...)

    Cons

    They paid a low salary for employees.

    Advice to Management

    I have a very good boss here, he is an experience and nice boss.

  8. Great

    • 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 Sanmina-SCI

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good senior and execuative mangement

    Cons

    Resources are not modern

  9. Inconsistent managerial decisions and lack of professional conduct, respect and disclosure.

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    Current Employee - Planner in Fort Mill, SC
    Current Employee - Planner in Fort Mill, SC

    I have been working at Sanmina-SCI full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Learn aspect/culture of the EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Supplier) providers that I wasn't aware of previously.

    Cons

    Failure to lead by example. Inability to follow through on directives. No periodic updates from management. Majority of meetings were scheduled due to safety mandates or when the site was in "crises mode".

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example. Be consistent is the message you are delivering. Create a environment that will utilize the resources of employees at all levels of the organization for feedback before decision making.

  10. Very inefficient and incompetent management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanmina-SCI full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Couldn't find any, and I looked very hard. The most hostile work environment I've ever seen. Facilities are old, equipment are cheap.

    Cons

    There is a stack of incompetence people that are there for a long time and probably are comfortable or too lazy to find another job. Pays below market, benefits are non-existent, vacation are minimal and must be used in mandatory annual shut down.
    I just regret I ever accept their offer to work there, unemployment is better.

    Advice to Management

    The result of a company is the sum of the individual contribution of each employee, in your case the result is not encouraging, Sanmina has lost close to $5B since its creation. You better figure out what's your strength and invest in your human resource.

  11. TERRIBLE, Don't even try to waste your time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Sanmina-SCI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of projects, some chance to learn things from everywhere

    Cons

    Unreliable dishonest disrespectful cheap management. They make you to take the responsibility of their mistakes. After 3 years working full time, I never found out who is responsible for what. Everyone blames other.

    Advice to Management

    Stay at your place cause you can't work somewhere else, you deserve offices.

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