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Spireon Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
41 Reviews

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  1.  

    Spireon is finding its legs

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    Pros

    This company has had some struggles finding itself in the past but is currently transforming itself into a world class engineering organization. Leadership is thoughtful about how to grow talent. Engineers are encouraged to influence the organization. Great opportunities for solving interesting problems and working with very cool tech.

    Cons

    Currently lots of organizational change. The culture is changing fast, I think for the better. I'm hoping all this change results in clarity soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Disapointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    My immediate supervisor was accomadating to scheduling/ working from home.

    Cons

    There was no accountability in my department. Spireon is a family business trying to be a real company. The culture is one where there is little trust or incentive to work together. Upper management pits employees against each other and rewards underminded behavior in the sales force. When I was hired in November 2011, I was promised a substantial raise. In the almost 3 years I was there, I took 2 paycuts despite excellent performance and reviews. Ultimately, this is why I left. Employees in offices outside the corp headquaters are treated like step children and I would advise anyone interviewing for this company to beware!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put your money where your mouth is and compensate your employees. Current upper sales management should not be in charge of customer support/ account management positions. Development is far behind what you can deliver to your clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Do not work here

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    I worked with a great team we treated each other like family.

    Cons

    Everything else was the worse you could possibly think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing my manger was awesome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Use this place for a source of income until a real company offers you a career!

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

    Pros

    Office is aesthetically pleasing. Coffee service and decent hard working people. (those that actually do the work) If you are looking for a job in Sales - this is the place for you! Incentives are pocket fillers. You will excel if you are a good salesmen. Think about selling a product that sells itself. Your set! If not in Sales - hit the back button as this is not the place you can build a career.

    Cons

    Long hours with no reward other then - hey, at least you have a job. Being away from your family during the day is normal...but being at work for 12 to 16 hours and then having to also work from home is ridiculous. There are no resources... the average company has at least 4 or 5 admins yet they only have 1. This company hires so many chiefs and ZERO indians. They are against the term "Planning". Everything is reactionary which seems at the undefined reason of "I said so". Which is why there are huge product failures across the board. There is certainly a "good ole boys" mentality. The women are not respected. I've heard on several occasions the management including the CEO to be hard on the women who work there. I've seen the admin crying on several occasions because the CEO is unforgiving and will make you feel less then par. I thought a CEO should be a leader to the entire employee community. He only cares about your opinion if you are an Executive. Everyone else is beneath him. Imagine a CEO who never says hello when he walks by your desk. Or sees you in the hall. You are invisible to him. If your on the Sales team - you get incentives. I mean luxury trips. Huge expense accounts - let's call it "entertainment". Its almost a slap in the face if you do not work in sales. As if your contribution is not good enough or making the company enough money to warrant an incentive trip. The same people win a trip every year. (Oddly the rest of the company never hears about the trip or how to qualify until the winners return to the office gloating about it). They get bonuses and all kinds of kickbacks. Executive gifts etc. I can't believe I wasted 2 years here. I was fooled by the lies HR will feed you. They are a secret society at best. HR is supposed to foster positive environments yet they do everything they can to stay away from employee relations. That is until the employee is being fired. They certainly do not do more then they have to. I wonder what they do all day? From all the open jobs - it appears they are trying to fill all of the empty chairs with fresh meat. Good luck with that. Obviously they have a decent marketing department. Their function is to craft a pretty picture of course. Smoke and mirrors. A good marketer will sell you something without even telling you what it is in full depth. Keep it simple. It's GPS for crying out loud. You'd think Spireon was a pseudo name for intergalactic travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try a different approach. Clearly your current plan is a failed attempt at fostering a mentally stable and healthy environment for your employees. Find another leader or send him to some kind of training. Perhaps its his culture...however as the CEO it does not take much to smile and say hello. Would it be too much to even ask someone their name? (The thought?!) Adopt a fair program for all employees to be able to join incentive trips. With out engineering - Sales can't sell the product that engineering develops. Without finance you can't know how profitable you are. Without marketing you can't sell a dream. Without adequate support and software - you can't run at optimal levels. Without happy people...you'll never find a culture that flourishes as a team. You will fail. Your customers will begin to see the smoke and mirrors soon. Let's hope you do not fall into the era of the dot.com business. Shape up Spireon. You could be cooler if you'd align your expectations with reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Corporate America in its worst form

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Maybe the coffee ? the best I can think of when I left

    Cons

    This company used to be awesome before big private equity firm came in (Bertram Capital). Then those people involved in buying shoe shop, start teaching us about technologies, imposed their own vision , criticize everything that was not their, fired people who knew the business, replaced them by complete idiots...
    In 6 months they turned a good company into a complete hell.
    Most of our bonus, compensation promised have been drawn into BS management complexity, reforms of status etc

    in conclusion a lying dishonest company that will promise you the moon but will give you only humiliation in return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promising things to employee to motivate them if you know you will never reward them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    Decent benefits, not the best. Decent pay.

    Cons

    The company posses terrible communication and organizational skills. You will find Spireon will portray themselves as having leading cutting edge technology when in actuality its a AVERAGE product at best. The marketing department is under acheiving, and needs to make some changes. While the the CEO is a good man at heart he doesn't posses the necessary knowledge and experience to take this company to the next level at this point. Many of the executive management uses old school "lead by fear" tactics. The HR department acts more of a secret service to the executive management team with behaviors of swindling, lies, and unfulfilled promises to employees. During the past 4 years I've seen them lose valuable employees (fired and resigned). This company has a long way to go before it can consider itself a top tier technology leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend the executive management closely takes a look at each department and uses innovative ideas to become more competive in each of the market segments. Too much focus on profit, with a lack of focus on customer service. Needs help in the engineering and marketing department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    It's all up from here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Awesome product/market opportunity. Bleeding edge tech. Lots of opportunity to influence the business and your working group. Good benefits (not the best), but they cover all the bases.

    Cons

    Lots of org change recently - oldtimers on their way out, new ones trying to get their feet under them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Rapidly growing company with strong core values.

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

    Pros

    This company is dedicated to its customers and employees. Many opportunities to contribute to the company's growth and success. The CEO is passionate about taking the company to the next level. Employees held accountable for actions. Competitive pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Company operates in silos. HR does not foster an environment of trust. Not enough time to properly address all initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cons outweigh the Pros

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    As an employee, you will have the opportunity to contribute in the growth phase of this company. The market still has many competitors and I think many agree that the market itself hasn't stopped growing. Benefits pretty good, and occasionally the company will do nice things for their employees. (ie. events, lunches, etc.)

    Cons

    In my opinion there are three big negatives of working here, all of which directly relate to the company's future livelihood.

    1. Management: More focus is placed on titles and authority than on leadership. In the middle of 2013, many long-time execs were given the boot and replaced with, I hate to say it, some really poor choices. Management mentality is more or less a mixed message of: you are expendable, you are expendable, we need you so please work hard.

    2. The product (present and future): Spireon is currently a leader in their field in terms of buy here pay here gps, but continues to struggle when it comes to fleet or their M2M Platform. Most of upper management focus on price per unit, revenue, operating expense, which are all relevant things, but unfortunately this is at the expense of the product and customer experience. Think of it like a hook, line, and sinker. They want to acquire customers with great marketing for a mediocre product, and then hope they keep buying. The M2M platform is mostly vapor ware. You will hear lots of impressive talk about entering other industries, etc, but it largely doesn't exist.

    3. Human Resources: Their human resources department is, in my opinion, a big enough reason in itself to stay away form this company. Many times, requests were put in for various things such as employee paperwork, etc with no response and no one seems to know if they are on vacation or simply not answering emails. But, by and large, the worst part is that the HR department acts as a secret police if you will; secretly interviewing coworkers about other employees, seeking out information about what other employees do outside of work, etc. There's not enough room to explain here, but it creates a predatory environment where employees feel like any move they make may be prosecuted. Not a whole lot of fun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees beyond a productivity level. Rather than continuing the madness of hiring and firing, spend more time picking the right, talented people to work for you. Use this selectivity to create a culture of people who love to work for you. Also, get a handle on your HR department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Fast Track to Nowhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Irvine, CA

    Pros

    -Generous PTO and industry average benefits.
    -Leading edge technologies in the platform stack. Not so much for the applications.
    -Nice office even though they are moving within the year
    -Some great people there that really care about the company

    Cons

    -Amateur Executive team. Recent additions to the executive team do not know anything about the industry and they are ignoring many of the core fundamentals that made the company successful in past years.

    -If you don't work overtime you are not seen as not contributing to the team. Engineering team members work grossly excessive hours just to keep up with delivery expectations. No comp time or even recognition provided by management.

    -It's all smoke and mirrors there. All the way up to the board. There is no one left there with the courage or integrity to actually state what is wrong and what is going wrong with the company. The CEO takes great exception to people voicing opinions that do not tow the company line. It is obvious that the name of the game at this point is to secure a sale. Cost cutting has been painful, everything from cheaper hotels for most of the remote employees to cutting the operations teams hours, to lay offs, to not providing company cell phones (and under compensating for using personal phones), closing offices, and hiring staff in less expensive markets. The single driving force these days is raising the EBITDA, ignoring risks in the shrinking market space in the industry, and ignoring challenges in the the new product plans.

    -Everyone is expendable there. No matter their experience, position, or contributions to the organization. Employees often wonder who is next on the chopping block. HR does not do a good job of managing the attitudes or the culture there. Layoffs seem to occur every eight to 12 months. Look at the history of the executive team and you can see that they all come from organizations where this is the norm.

    -Office politics are completely out of control. Constant power play by persons in many of the departments within the company. Competing priorities and no top-down direction on company wide priorities. The new CEO and executive staff have done nothing to alleviate this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spireon is not only a software company and focusing on this element alone will only lead you to continue to try to keep up with the competition instead of actually innovating solutions that will take you over the top.

     Many of the initiative put forth by the management team are simply vaporware. The employees know this.

    If you are going to treat employees as expendable assets, don't lie to them about it and claim that people are the number one asset and priority in the organization.

    Be more open with intentions and directives.

    Do SOMETHING to bridge the gap between management and employees.

    Get over the title obsession you current have. Not every mid level management position needs to be labeled as a director. This is an obvious example of the company having to sweeten the deal to lure new prospects.

    And finally, do the right thing. Not only towards your employees, but to your customers and to the entire market space. The competitors have slowly come to realize that Spireon is NOT the mammoth that they once were and are quickly aligning themselves to take advantage of this. The current management team is either oblivious or simply doesn't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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