Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro)

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Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
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Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) Chairman, President, and CEO Charles Liang
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Pros
  • Free breakfast (but only enough for half the building) (in 18 reviews)

  • gt;> Free Breakfast and Dinner (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours to cover management incompetency (in 17 reviews)

  • Non-flexible working hours, have to be there no later than 9am, and if you leave right at 6pm you get dirty look (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  2.  

    Not a good company to work for as an assembler

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  3.  

    A very good stepping stone for career advancement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Nightmare at Supermicro

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer
    Former Employee - Product Engineer

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (less than an 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't work for SMC

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company paid medical/dental insurance.
    Free food in the morning

    Cons

    No flexible working hours. You have to sit there for 8 hours.
    Even though it is a profitable company, no 401 K match
    Sick time is accured with working hours. 5 days per year.
    Vacation is 10 days per year no matter how many years' service

    Very old infrastructure. Resistance to change.
    A lot of stupid manual work even though most of those work can be automated.
    There is no opportunity to learn new skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management like this cannot keep the talents.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Discrimination if you are not Taiwanese

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    They rarely actually fire people, unless (as in the case of the HR department, they replace all of the Caucasians with Taiwanese personnel that are unfamiliar with U.S. employment laws). They give "token" yearly bonuses to avoid having to pay overtime to salaried employees.

    Cons

    Creativity is stifled. Opinions from anyone other than the CEO are not considered. CEO keeps information from suppliers (e.g. Intel) to himself to avoid having his pronouncements contradicted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify. Add a real customer service and support program to allow the company gross margin halt it's precipitous decline over the last 5 years (see the annual reports!).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture Shock, Work Hard not Smart

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Free breakfast (but only enough for half the building).

    Paid benefits.

    It's a job.

    No one gets fired, they just hire more people.

    Great if you're looking for somewhere to work until you retire.

    Cons

    No opportunity for professional growth, gaining new skills or learning anything really.

    Salary is way below average.

    Vacation is accrued slowly and caps out lower than other companies in the area. People rarely take vacation.

    Female employees beware: Company policy says that if you take maternity leave they will not guarantee you your same position will be there when you come back or that you'll be paid the same wage as before. This is illegal.

    You must be at work by 9am and stay until 6pm. You cannot work through lunch and leave early. You cannot negotiate a different schedule. No work from home. IT professionals who work more than 8 hours a day are not paid overtime. This is illegal in California.

    You will only be promoted if you work Saturdays. Most people working Saturdays aren't really doing anything but being seen at work on a Saturday. The CEO takes note of this.

    If you are female, some employees may not take you seriously.

    No innovation. No new ideas. No changes if it means spending money instead of saving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent, forward thinking executives to move this company towards a more progressive American culture. Reward smart work. Be the best, not the cheapest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    hardware validation engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    stable company, never layoff, free dinner if overtime work

    Cons

    few personal time and privacy

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs improvement

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

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

    Pros

    Good people and friendly family style atmosphere. Good products.

    Cons

    Expect long hours, benefits ok, micro-management, resistant to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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