Sensata

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Sensata Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
68 Reviews
3.0
68 Reviews
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Martha Sullivan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flex time is amazing and allows for excellent work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Most of the people are great to work with (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management not customer focused (in 4 reviews)

  • Forced ranking system is biased and pushes competent people out at no fault of their own (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worked for an international program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sensata

    Pros

    Pay is good and benefits are not too bad.

    Cons

    Very business driven and less people touch.

  2.  

    Young Company Struggling with Growing Pains and inexperience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Attleboro, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Attleboro, MA

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

    Pros

    Global Operations provides excellent experience and travel opportunities around the world. Hard working and intelligent workforce especially at the individual contributor level.

    Cons

    Inexperience at many levels of management creates inconsistency in the execution of work and also contributes to high turnover which leads to constant change in management positions. Long hours/High Stress enviroment is not sustainable for everyone. Many of the managers due not have the people skills necessary which contributes to turnover and change in personnel. There is a need for clearly defined processes and procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving the retention rate and spend some cash to acquire/train managers in the non technical aspects of management.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Overlooks contributions that are not from engineers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sensata full-time

    Pros

    There is a good benefits package here. The environment is clean and upbeat almost college dormitory style.

    Cons

    Slow or non existent advancement opportunities for technicians. Promotions and opportunities reserved for engineers. Lacks the mentality for true R+D development. Does not utilize experience properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps looking down through the glass ceiling would net the company greater opportunities. Discouraging innovation is counter productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Questionable Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Attleboro, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Attleboro, MA

    I worked at Sensata full-time

    Pros

    Industry leader, great business model with enviable attributes, really talented people, friendly collaborative culture below the C-level.

    Cons

    Transition to private equity ownership and the phenomenally skewed incentives for senior management that are part of that process have driven leadership to make many decisions that maximized short-term value over long-term gain. As a result, the company mainly fights fires and figures out way to hide problems rather than driving forward in a healthy, positive fashion. CEO is very smart and talented in many ways, but is a very poor leader of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn't necessarily recommend against working here, but do so with your eyes open.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sales Manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sensata

    Pros

    personal growth, company size, management, company focus, longevity of employees, results focus

    Cons

    perks, mild bureaucracy, workload, speed to drive change

  7.  

    Well run company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Attleboro, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Attleboro, MA

    I worked at Sensata full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee development focused, great company for entry level and experienced professionals. One of the few great companies left that believes in training and mentoring young college grads and pulling the top performers into management or technically advanced roles. Compensation is fair. Flex time is amazing and allows for excellent work life balance. You can work at this company and still see your family or have children. This company is women and minority friendly, not your typical good ol' boys club. This diverse environment results in cross functional cooperation and overall a great atmosphere. If you enjoy working with smart people this company gets top talent.

    Cons

    Employment can be slightly unstable as the company rises and falls (mostly) with the auto industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management team could do a better job communicating vision and goals with the rest of the workforce. Certainly not an easy thing to do in a large company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Stagnation

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    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Attleboro, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Attleboro, MA

    I have been working at Sensata full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Competitive Salary
    -Good Benefits
    -Flexible Schedule
    -Friendly coworkers

    Cons

    -Boring work
    -Under-utilization of engineering talent as an electrical engineer
    -VERY OLD equipment
    -The interview was relatively hard yet the work is extremely trivial

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually try to develop new technologies not just capatilize on profit margins.
    There's a reason that there's a retention problem, especially with electrical engineers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Don't value results.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sensata full-time

    Pros

    The work schedule flexibility. Telecommuting is possible now and again, and adjusting schedules every once and a while is fine. Good that a large company has headquarters not on the Boston beltway. Nice cafeteria. Pleasant building conditions.

    Cons

    Too focused on cost containment. Senior management makes long term decisions based on imperfect information. Senior management too greedy. Too much pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more about the long term consequences of short term decisions.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sensata Offers Career Growth Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal in Attleboro, MA
    Current Employee - Legal in Attleboro, MA

    I have been working at Sensata full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Sensata is a place that is full of opportunities to grow as a professional. There are plenty of opportunities here, as the company is growing at a fast pace.

    Also, there is a healthy work-life balance here at Sensata.

    Cons

    The vacation/time off policy here is tough on new employees. They offer 3 weeks off, but you have to accrue them on an 11hr per month basis. It takes at least 6 months to be able to accrue a meaningful amount of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management did a good job navigating through the financial downturn in the economy. I think the CEO has made a good faith effort to improve the culture here at Sensata, but there is still plenty of room for improvement. The CEO should continue to pursue initiatives that improve the culture here at Sensata. All in all, Sensata is a good employer that has a lot to offer, and I would recommend this company to my colleagues.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sensata Technologies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sensata (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is pleasant and like fellow co-workers.

    Cons

    Company has very short term thinking attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more long term planning and need managers that stand up for employees and customer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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