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Sea-Bird Electronics Reviews

Updated May 21, 2014
Updated May 21, 2014
3 Reviews
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Nordeen G. Larson
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  1.  

    Needs Leadership, too many reorganizations, management out of touch with the world outside SBE.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler/Technician  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Assembler/Technician in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Sea-Bird Electronics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting products, especially if you are interested in oceanography or simply building something that makes the world better. They are very accommodating with regards to start times and it is easy to get time off. A fun group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Recently things have gotten worse. The best manager we ever had left and was replaced with an internal candidate that is grossly incompetent and inexperienced. Employees are publicly berated and disrespected. There is a tremendous amount of pressure to meet schedule, but we are always short parts. The official reasons are always given as vendor related, but most of the team thinks it is either a way to save cash or poor management of the materials group. The manager there also quit recently. Ask yourselves why so many of the best managers leave before you work here. Lastly, the pay and benefits are very sub par for the market. Horrible health insurance, no school reimbursement are just a couple problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better understand why you are always short materials. Don't accept the answer from the people with a stake in the operation, dig deeper! Same for why key managers have left after short times. Also dig deeper and don't take the cover up you are being fed. Improve pay! This is a very profitable company is what you always say, then share a bit more with the people who make it profitable.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Pay scale is ridiculous for the area, and there is no room for upward mobility

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

    I have been working at Sea-Bird Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Stable employment, have been here for 15 years. The benefits outside of the salary are good. 401(k), and yearly profit sharing, if company meets it's operating budget.

    Cons

    Part of that "operating budget" is to keep the cost of employment down. The way they do that is keeping wages lower than competitors. Seabird does not pay as good as many of the companies in the area, and certainly does not pay enough to live in Bellevue or the surrounding areas. Many of the employees commute from Everett or Kent.

    Another really positive benefit, has been flexibility. Seabird is *very* lenient with CAL time and start/leave times. (within reason)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) You've got to increase the direct compensation. With any more cost of living increases, like the impending health care increases, you will see more people look for work elsewhere.
    2) You've got to get better about training employees for upward mobility. A position opens up above yours? good luck getting it. They'll more likely hire an MBA from another company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    60% of employees want to leave

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at Sea-Bird Electronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was a great company, made good products. Many outstanding employees throughout the company. Historical products are well designed and excellent when made properly.

    Cons

    Treats employees poorly: low salaries, verbal abuse, forced overtime, no respect for employees. Since the purchase of Sea-Bird by Danaher the management has been changed to inexperienced, poor managers who have no experience in the industry, poor decision making abilities and much more interest in the bottom line than in the customer. When found that 60% of the employees would leave if they were offered another job management response was that the employees could leave if they didn't like it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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