Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro)

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Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) Chairman, President, and CEO Charles Liang
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Pros
  • Free breakfast and good benefits (in 18 reviews)

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

Cons
  • You work long hours and working from home is not allowed (in 17 reviews)

  • gt;> Inefficient Long Working Hours (You will also be asked to work on Saturday (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Tech Leader

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best tech leader in the IT industry. CEO leads by example with a winning formula to stay ahead of completion in a highly competitive industry. Not since Steve Jobs has there been a CEO who operates at the product level, demanding that products be the best.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work so be prepared. Some people thrive on the work others should find a job elsewhere. Need to be clearer lines of management authority.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better managers and delegate more to them to help long term growth.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Engineering

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Employees are given enough opportunities for growth. Company is preparing for rapid growth with additional staff and infrastructure. One of the few US based companies focusing on x86 server/storage. Company is still run by founders with enough vested interest to make it more successful. In some ways it is run like a startup (quick decisions when it comes to engineering). If you are self motivated to execute and make something happen, the company is ideal. Good health benefits, RSU/Options, competitive salary, some bonus based on company performance.

    Cons

    No management training to mid-level management effective. Legacy tools for information access and resistance to adopt new tools to make it better. Inter department transfers are discouraged.


  3. Helpful (10)

    A modern day feudal system in Silicon Valley

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have a great opportunity to work in a game of thrones where the managers are the nobility, the sales are the merchants, the product managers are the knights, the lab technicians are the squires, the engineers are the smiths and masons, and the production workers are the serfs. The entire realm is under the king whose rule is absolute and decisions are final. The king gives multiple weekly speeches in his court where many subjects become jesters at his whim in an attempt to gain favor and advance in title. The national language is Mandarin, and the state religion is green computing. Your basic sustenance in the form of meals and continued employment is practically guaranteed in exchange for your unconditional loyalty to the crown. Some positive points of note: The company has been growing rapidly and has a lot of potential. The culture has been changing for the better, albeit gradually. The pay is decent, and health insurance and dental plans are excellent. Breakfast (if you get there early enough), lunch (if you can muster the stamina to sit through one of the offered lunchtime trainings), and dinner (if you stay past 8pm) are all provided. As long as you don't rock the boat, you have a virtual guarantee that you will be able to collect a paycheck until retirement. There is potential for upward mobility assuming you're willing to get mired in the office politics and put in the necessary face time - i.e.) working evenings and Saturdays.

    Cons

    There is no concept of work/life balance. Work hours are officially 9am - 6pm, but anticipate last-minute meetings or tasks from your manager that often hold you late into the evening. Be expected to be asked to come in on Saturday as well, if only to make a showing for the CEO. Face time and tenure are valued far more highly than actual results or one's ability to do the task at hand. Most of the time managers are running interference to your work, trying to anticipate the CEO's next ask. All hands meetings and irrelevant training sessions erode the useful working hours during the day. Since there is no VPN access for local employees, one has to stay well after hours in order to get any actual work done. Employees are expected to be in the office by 9am and stay until 6pm, and there is no option of working from home. Practically any time out of the office outside of lunchtime requires you to take vacation or sick days, which accrue fractionally at a paltry 10 vacation days and 5 sick days per year. Titles, raises, and compensation are far too arbitrary and are as much about who one knows at the company and the rapport with one's own manager rather than what experience and potential the employee brings to the table. There is a lot of backstabbing and office politics with most employees engaging in behavior to serve their own self-interests rather than looking to grow the business. Managers kowtow to the CEO even when it is not in the best interest of the company because they are too afraid to voice a dissenting opinion. This mentality permeates through all levels of the organization, and most employees who stay longterm have learned to keep their heads down and run out the clock. Those who try to be disruptive - in a positive sense - get ridiculed publicly. Turnover in many teams is high. Those who have the ability to leave for better opportunities often do, and those who stay seem to be there only for either a paycheck or immigration purposes. When new employees join, the onus is placed on teammates, sometimes even in positions junior to the new employee, to show them the ropes. Managers give little in the way of formal training, and employees are left to their own devices when it comes to figuring things out. Defined processes are often lacking, and those that do exist are far too onerous and manual for a company of this size. The CEO has to sign off on practically every decision. This often results in long lines outside his office to get approval for many routine decisions that in any other organization wouldn't even require approval above one's own manager.

    Advice to Management

    If the senior managers really want the company to grow, they need to invest in the employees and foster an environment that motivates them to stay. Upper management needs to be driving the vision and strategy for the company rather than placing this burden on the end employees. Bring about more work/life balance through extra vacation days and/or corporate flex time. Give the employees more of a sense of ownership and self-determination within the company by providing more opportunities for equity. Current calls for better performance fall largely on deaf ears as the vast majority of employees have so little stake in the company's financial performance. Above all else, all layers of management need to learn to delegate effectively. The current decision making process - CEO signing off on everything - isn't scalable.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The CEO is very smart and has the intuition toward computer technology and the chief architect for all products. Excellent leadership.

    Cons

    As the company is still growing, very complicate procedure to finish in one simple target. Need a lot of effort to get one thing done.


  6. Helpful (12)

    Decades of old problems holding back what could've been a great corporation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Better than average benefits but no where near those provided by top tier companies. - Competitive product line. - Strong leadership at the executive level. - Job security.

    Cons

    - If you don't speak Chinese you most likely wouldn't feel welcomed here, unless you're Caucasian. - Work environment can get very uncomfortable. - Asian overtime working culture. - No clear path of career advancement: it's basically based on favoritism, not how good you are at your job. - Family owned business: not necessarily a bad thing until the executive family member(s) screwed up. - It is very easy to feel unappreciated around here. The company doesn't treat its employees as valuable assets but instead we're pawns to do masters' bidding. - Drama among team leaders: CEO encourages competition between teams, but some team leaders took it too literally. Team members have zero chance of switching teams as some team leaders look at it as "losing territory" or "losing face". Limiting team members' career growth potential. - Stone Age grade document control. - Tons of meaningless meetings. - Lots of managers who don't seem to have a clue of what they ought to be doing. - Can't seem to keep young talents. Talented young prospects bolt out at the first light they see.

    Advice to Management

    - Get to know the people that work for you, you'd be surprised how many talents are being buried. - Appreciate your employees. - Promote from within: nobody knows how to improve the company better than those who've already seen it inside out for years. - Be more receptive to suggestions. - Learn to be more rational when making decisions instead of making them with emotions.


  7. Helpful (10)

    Warehouse Worker

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

    I worked at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    stable salary, yearly bonuses, free breakfast and dinner, free lunch on saturdays. a lot of OT if you like more money, easy work if you can handle the stress everyday

    Cons

    99% where vietnamese and chinese workers if your not one of them you got treated like garbage you have to adjust 100% not them if they cannot speak english. verbal bullying of some managers NO LIFE (you ask to stay very late and work both weekends too) unfair treatment for people who work there for long time BIAS only one sided on arguments

    Advice to Management

    Proper training for qualified employees Get rid of stupid/rude managers Dont hire chinese or vietnamese if they cant understand and speak english well Dont abuse people who work hard for you. Treat everybody with RESPECT You keep lossing good people and you leave with incompetent workers behind you. Care about your employees its not all about the money Without us your nothing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Misery

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    -They always paid me on time. -Work was not too challenging. -No stress environment.

    Cons

    -It is a sad environment to work in. -Unfulfilling work. -Communication problems with management.

    Advice to Management

    -Put more effort into keeping your employees happy. -Please make this company a more professional work environment.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Owner is NICE, but supervisor is VERY BAD.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good pay and good benefits for employee. Educational meetings. CEO willing to share vision and motivate employees.

    Cons

    Most of employees are nice and easy going, but some supervisors are using verbal abuse & emotional to manipulate workers. They are not willing to couch junior because they want to insure their job in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management team need to know well HR programs to tread employees fair and encouragement instead of verbal abuse and emotional.


  10. Helpful (14)

    AVOID, AVOID this messed up, crooked, Chinese Taiwanese sweat shop

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

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

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

    Pros

    Come find out for yourself if you must!! Learn about Chinese Asian ethics ...Place for a desperate recent Chinese grad desperate for an H1B Visa.

    Cons

    Everything, start with the CEO

    Advice to Management

    Learn ethics and business manners for starters, treat fellow workers and others the way you want to be treated, take English as Second Language classes and training on rules of business and professional ethics in California.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Sales Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    1.-Weekly meetings to drive the future of the company 2.-Year after year growth 3.-Clear product strategy

    Cons

    as a team a very competitive sales environment

    Advice to Management

    If it works don't change it



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