Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro)

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    Assembly

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    Former Employee - Assembler/Tester in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler/Tester in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    + Overtime almost every week + on Saturday with lunch buffet.
    + Friendly coworkers. I still have contacts with most of my coworkers including my supervisor.
    + This gave me a boost to my bank to continue my education after working there for a year.

    Cons

    Hourly paid is lower than others, but still acceptable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to give promotion to active employees

    Recommends
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Learn and Leave

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Great opportunities to learn, hands on for the latest tech in server industry.
    - Plenty of resource for work functionality.
    - Some nice and smart coworkers.
    - Up to standard medical plans.
    - You get a job to feed your own.

    Cons

    - Management is horrible, most of the reviews below stated the bullet points already.
    - No career achievement and satisfaction when you get your work accomplished, which is a big let down.
    - Unclear career advancement and development, high possibility of idleness on growth.
    - Performance review based on OT but not your actual performance. Expect you to stay late to look good in front of upper managers. Work late but not work smart. People who stay late always get good impression from manager.
    - Micromanagement issues, but this depends on the team you work in.
    - Below average compensation and benefits.
    - Work contribution for the company will get you nothing but just to let your manager's team look better in front of others.
    - Free dinner if you stay after 8pm, they will broadcast warning email if they caught someone getting dinner and left at 7:30pm. Level up on skills to sneak out dinner boxes if you want to leave earlier.
    - Typical Asian/Taiwanese company culture, avoid at all cost.
    - CHEAP on everything, last year CEO cancelled annual Christmas party, reason is to focus on generating more revenue even the company already reached record high.
    - Advice to all, come work for them if you desperately needed a job, because it is not hard to get in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major reconstruction on management style and company culture, then you get a highly potential company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do you want to make 80k as an assembler?

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    Current Employee - Assembler/Tester Team I in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Assembler/Tester Team I in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Crazy OT for production but its rewarding since you can bring home 5k monthly after tax as a lowly assembler than entry level engineer.

    Great Insurance package, free PPO , low co-pays. Can use PPO to get free massages.

    Won't fire as long as you stick to where you are supposed to be. Some ass kissing will get you a promotion, eventually.

    Free meals.

    Cons

    long work hours, but you can fly under the radar pretty easily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the OT coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management and work culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    only free dinner made you feel better staying at the office overtime

    Cons

    1. worse work culture 2. overtime 3. even work on Sat 4. management 5. compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no need

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Weak management

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    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They give you h1b, and breakfast

    Cons

    work hard but not work smart.
    long hours to cover management incompetency.
    Managers are weak to speak up and take responsibility. So they just follow others and push whatever to their engineers without understanding what they are delegating.
    No 401k match.
    Cheap on everything....
    Bad work environment.
    Cost down to everything.

    Language barrier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Helpless....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not a good company to work for as an assembler

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    Former Employee - Assembler/Tester in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler/Tester in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There's a vending machine in the dining room where random employees always shakes and hits, so there will be free snacks that drop down more than once in a while to be shared around the assembly line workers. Besides that, insurance and benefits are pretty decent.

    Cons

    Managers that have no idea whats going on and expect you to go overtime all day everyday just to increase the production. People who work at the assembly line are treated like dirt (the ones without any education and dont speak english well and taken advantage of), and at least back when I worked there it felt like a legalized sweatshop that pays in US dollars so it gets by. You will have 0 work life balance, and unless you are struggling to get by in the US and Supermicro is your only hope due to not speaking English and having no other connects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat your labor workers with more respect. Also, stop operating/thinking like this is in Taiwan or China. This is the US of A, please hire managers who know how to manage to make production efficient and effective, also try to learn the culture here instead of using the work the lowly uneducated people to death strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A big mixed bag of good and bad, not much different from other Silicon Valley companies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots smart people want to do the right things. Company continues to grow rapidly, both in revenue and headcount.

    Excellent training ground for newbies and recent grads.

    Too much free food, from daily breakfasts at 8:30, lots "working" lunch meetings serving sandwiches and bento boxes, and decent nightly takeout dinner boxes from respectable eateries. If you show up on Saturday, free Chinese lunch 12:30.

    Cons

    Drawback of a family environment is your bosses wanting to get into every gritty detail of your work and personal life. Remind me of the annual Christmas ritual with one particular grand uncle asking me about my salary, children's education, property value and even sex life when he was too drunk.

    Career advancement is nil. Seniority, which is often associated with age and years of service, dominates the landscape. It helps even more if you are one of CEO's special person.

    Productivity and performance is often associated with long work hours. 9 to 9 is quite common in Engineering and Production. Directors and above in all departments are expected to set examples of dedication to their underlings. CEO takes a personal interest to know who is working late, or people working late try to show their faces to CEO, or a combination of both.

    Resistance to change is a tough nut to crack. Supermicro has been highly successful based on the existing management approach and recipe. It is human nature resisting changes. Aint Broken, Dont Fix It. Yet, this current management regime is experiencing difficulties. It only gets tougher down the road.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set aside your ego, focus on employees and shareholder value.

    Supermicro can grow to $5B in 3 years after you lead the changes transformation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    A very good stepping stone for career advancement

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot's of really great people to work with, there is a camaraderie because everyone is all complaining about the same thing.

    Cons

    Horrendous management style, no advancement opportunities. You will see you peers in other industry advance much faster than you could have at Supermicro.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good talent is hard to come by in bay area, treat it as such and not as a surplus commodity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't work for SMC

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    no need to work hard
    If you stay late after 7 PM you can get a dinner box

    Cons

    work environment is like you're a fish market, everyone screaming and yelling on top of each other

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare at Supermicro

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Engineer

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - You get paid
    - Free breakfast/ dinner (only if you stay late)

    Cons

    - Over 90% of the people there speak Mandarin...some really need to learn to speak English
    - Supermicro-management
    - Old dirty office space, no privacy
    - Non-flexible working hours, have to be there no later than 9am, and if you leave right at 6pm you get dirty look.
    - Prepare to deal with managers with Bi-Polar disorder.
    - The CEO only cares about giving his propaganda speech..saying that they are the best and s***, and in order to be his "Pro ++" level everyone has to work even harder. (Prob by staying later and working on weekend...over nothing)
    - No respect, they think whoever yells the loudest is the winner....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be flexible, be efficient, be respectful, and stop brainwashing the employees by giving false information
    I doubt if he will take the advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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