Soraa Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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  1. Lab Operator

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    Former Employee - Lab Operator in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Lab Operator in Goleta, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The interview was very easy because they were focused on my GPA

    Cons

    To do the same thing for long periods

    Advice to Management

    Promote equality among employees because some (not all of them )Phd scientists are very arrogant when treating other workers with lower academic status.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Shed some Light on This...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Soraa full-time

    Pros

    Nice office and work space. Everyone is friendly.

    Cons

    Cash tight. Salary is low. Everyone is a "manager or director or VP". Company direction is not clear.

    Advice to Management

    define a clear vision. Increase salaries to match industry norms...


  3. Helpful (3)

    Think about what's soraa's unfair advantage: GaN on GaN or Lens on Fixture?

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Soraa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Had a GaN all-star team years ago. Pretty strong engineering team on GaN-based lightchip.

    Cons

    Many GaN rockstars are forced to leave while other irrelevant lamp/driver/optics department are still kept after several rounds of reorg for a good reason, which makes Soraa's GaN on GaN slogan ironic. VCs and founders will be so glad to see this.

    Advice to Management

    It's a joke. They are ruining the real gem.


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  5. Supervisor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people working there at the time

    Cons

    Management was really bad at the time

    Advice to Management

    Communicate offense to employees


  6. A Nice and Friendly Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alhambra, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alhambra, CA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Soraa part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are nice, friendly, and knowledgeable, most have PhD; the schedule and location are really convenient for UCSB students.

    Cons

    I just followed what my supervisors said to process the wafers and did not learn much actual knowledge and reason behind what I did

    Advice to Management

    To be more open to allow more undergraduate interns and provide more explanation to the interns to learn about the knowledge behind. As an intern in the clean room, I only need to know how to operate the machine but have no idea how and why.


  7. mixed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They have great technology and products

    Cons

    The staff is a mixed bag re: capability and talent


  8. IT Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Knowledgeable co-workers. and lots of free snacks (if they are still paying the bills)

    Cons

    Managers hide a lot from you and there is a "Originals group". Overall OK but not worth the effort. Lots of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Make the managers be more transparent.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Very poor quality operation, and inexperienced mgmt

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    Current Employee - Laser Diode Scientist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Laser Diode Scientist in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Used to have lots of great engineering talent before they layed off everyone for laser business -Lots of parking and eating options nearby -this CEO is less clueless than the last

    Cons

    -Very poor mgmt in quality and HR areas -Bad quality lamp product actually killed some people in asia factory -racist company with no african americans (0%) and almost no women (no miss piggy the cryptkeeper doesnt count)


  10. Helpful (3)

    Soryndra

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Soraa full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting technology to work on for R+D types. Some difficult problems to solve-this can be fun until the money runs out. Associated with a Nobel prize winner..ironically he won for blue LED work, not violet, and is now quoted as saying blue lasers will become the future of lighting..last time i checked, blue lasers are not violet LEDs. Some good people sprinkled thru-out the dung pile. Find them and try to ignore the rest as best you can for as long as you can-though the "open office" makes it hard to avoid them.

    Cons

    65 L/W - MR16s, AR111s and PAR lamps are not competitive with other LED offerings. Being twice as expensive doesn't make you better and it certainly doesn't make you smarter. It shows the glaring weakness in the chosen product path and the lack of basic understanding of making a truly competitive product . Get the people who chose the technology direction and have them subsidize the product to make it cost competitive. Its likely their salaries can handle it. Politics and favoritism abound.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother..they dont listen.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Everything you expect from a startup that will not fail

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Soraa full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The potential for Soraa is very strong. The culture is very close knit and everyone has the ability to make a difference. Even a small change has large positive impact in this environment. The technology is second to none and constantly being improved. New leadership has had a tremendous impact on getting Soraa on the correct track. It is being done by focusing on the customer's needs and then looking at how the company can internally improve to exceed those needs. The experience at all levels is very strong and people hold themselves accountable. Meetings are constructive and collaborative. When mistakes are made, people are not hung out to dry. Their group rallies to pick them up and learn from the mistakes that were made. I enjoy working in the open office environment, because it gives you the ability to see when people are at their desks and it promotes conversation and collaboration.

    Cons

    Startups are not for everyone...period. It is not a "Soraa" thing, it's a "startup" thing. You have to know how to focus on your objectives & realize that if you do your job and be creative, you can make a difference. Morale highs can be short lived & there has been some turnover. Lack of support resources can hinder important projects and tasks. Sometimes, simple tasks can take a long time because of interruptions in the open office environment and meetings. People need to respect the headphones rule. You see them on...do not disturb.

    Advice to Management

    Please stay the course. I've worked in 10 startups and have experienced a lot. Open up the communications a bit more and increase the frequency of Quarterly All Hands meetings. These are key to maintaining that trust relationship with the entire company.



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