Spireon Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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Pros
  • Some great people there that really care about the company (in 4 reviews)

  • Good benefits, fast paced, never boring (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Owned by an equity firm (which should have been the first red flag) (in 3 reviews)

  • Investment firm places puppets and everyone has to bow to them (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Not my cup of tea

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spireon full-time

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

    Pros

    Good technology. A few very smart and very helpful people to work with.

    Cons

    A terrible culture for creating quality software. They practice scrum, and are more concerned with getting points than with having a maintainable code base. There are also a lot of very unhelpful, unsharing people in the hierarchy.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your code, and think of what is going to happen with it a year from now.

  2. rapidly changing company

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

    I have been working at Spireon

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

    Pros

    Lots of new technology - ok place to work in a pinch

    Cons

    Be prepared to work a ton with little or no reward. Managers act as if they are better than the employees they are supposed to manage. A very us and them type of culture

    Advice to Management

    You asset are the people who work there, no the car salesmen and managers

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good Company with growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spireon full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    lots of room to grow, some onboarding and training, free trip to california for the sales kick off, okay benefits, okay pay. 4% 401k match, robust product offering, good coworkers, career opportunities, job security, sales office not a call center, paid time off, good senior management and vps. banker hours, work/life balance is okay.overall, good company to be at, just have to ride out the growing pains and focus on the bigger picture to be successful. will continue to stay at the company for a long time. won't even entertain offers from headhunters.

    Cons

    growing pains, company culture isn't really reflected in texas, employees don't feel rewarded for doing their job well, no tuition reimbursement, no real coaching or training, pay is below what competitors offer employees with similar job titles and roles. not a business casual environment. have to always be dressed up.

    Advice to Management

    keep the employees in the loop, let us know where the road will take us with spireon, give us lots of opportunities to make money through bonuses and incentives. ramp up the marketing, give some flexibility with contracts and deals. telematics isn't an easy thing to sell to small businesses. lots of competitors out there offering the same products as spireon for significantly less a month on month to month plans.

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  5. RUN FAST

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spireon

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

    Pros

    Not much except you get to do some traveling

    Cons

    HOrrible management. Big turnaround. Low pay and very unorganized.

    Advice to Management

    Get some managers to stay and actually listen and help their employees.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Moving forward despite challanges

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Spireon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    True spirit of collaboration. Opportunity for engineers to work on cutting edge technologies and build cool products!
    CEO is very charismatic, brilliant visionary and inspiring. CEO prvides timely updates to Staff. Spireon Internal Senior Engineers are top notch.

    Cons

    Product Management leadership on key vertical segments Ineffective in managing Sales, resulting in chaotic Product backlog management. Customer Service process is not streamlined and multiple channels for Customer Service issues.
    Challenges faced by Engineering teams and not understood by Product Management/Sales who have unrealistic expectations on delivery. Inexperienced QA Staff.
    Too many new people with limited knowledge of Core systems resulting in increased time to deliver and quality issues.

    Advice to Management

    - Get in real QA Engineers and experienced QA Leaders to focus on Product Quality
    - Get in Product Managers who understand the Agile process and have experience managing Sales.
    - Try to really understand the challenges faced by Engineering teams towards Delivery of Projects and be reasonable
    - Don't take your talent for granted. Retain good talent. Timing is everything, you snooze you loose. You have lost some talented Engineers due to apathy by Management in recognizing talent, Equity firm team dynamics and burn-out.
    - Address the constant interference by Equity Firm in day to day operations where not needed. This is demoralizing the internal Engineering Staff.
    - Revamp your Customer Service operations
    - Reduce the unnecessary meetings
    - Assess if employees at all levels including engineers and leadership roles will truly be a good fit with Spireon Culture during interviews.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work. Lots of opportunity to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Spireon full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people. Good Management. Good growth opportunities. Company is successful and in a good position to grow in the asset tracking and management space.

    Cons

    Basic software development processes and tools are not in place, but are in the process of being implemented.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Moving forward fast!!!

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

    I have been working at Spireon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced with lots of opportunities to grow with the company.

    Cons

    Not for everyone.. Pressure to excel is constant. Fast growth means loose ends every place..
    Not all are qualified for the positions they hold.. still plenty of original folks not buying into what needs to be done..

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Great company - great industry and very positive changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Spireon full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Exciting technology company with a great overall environment. Since we moved to the new corporate Headquarters it truly feels like a high tech company. Culture is important and most people truly exemplify the core values. Company paid out a special bonus at year end (nice surprise) to people who are not receiving variable pay.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment and very fast moving company (not for everyone). Still some people who don't exemplify the core values of the company.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Great company. New leadership with skewed vision

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

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

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

    Pros

    Original leadership was fantastic. Excellent work environment. Great synergy. Room for advancement

    Cons

    New leadership did not share same vision as old. Took advantage of talented people until burned or let go

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what works. Recognize and reward talent before they walk away

    Spireon Response

    Apr 7, 2015Vice President of Integrated Marketing

    Thank you very much for your review and helpful comments.

    As you know, over the past year, Spireon has undergone significant growth to keep pace with market demand. As part of that growth, the
    ... More

  11. Helpful (2)

    Hidden Gem in Orange County!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Spireon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative Products. Engineers get to work on cutting edge technologies. Training on new technologies provided. Seasoned Management team including Engineering Managers, Senior Technology Management and Product Management. Company has a very high hiring bar for Software Engineers and Engineers are put through a very rigorous interview process to ensure that candidates are a good fit. Spireon is a fast paced, dynamic environment! Never a dull moment. You can come in and contribute in an environment that fosters innovation, creativity and collaboration. Company is in the forefront of SAFe and Agile adoption. Senior Management has effective and open communication with Employees. Fantastic new offices with Agile bull pen areas for collaboration.
    Open door policy!

    Cons

    Constantly changing priorities disrupts planning.
    No cafeteria on site.
    Equity Firm consultants creating a non-collaborative environment and have a big say in key Architecture and Product Design decisions.
    Too many meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Try to follow the established processes for Customer issues. Sales constantly circumvents process and no push back from Sr Management.
    Formulate your long term staffing strategy to remove dependency on equity firm consultants.
    Focus on Product Quality, make the Products from good to better to the Best!
    Product Management needs to manage Sales expectations better. Get in truly experienced Product Managers.
    Remove ineffective, disengaged mid level management... A case of too many chiefs and not enough indians.

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