Surefire, LLC Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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  1. Not for me

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Fountain Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Fountain Valley, CA

    I worked at Surefire, LLC full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy. Great product. F. U.

    Cons

    Boring. Management has no communication. Typical office drama and fakeness.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to all departments so everyone learns the same thing.

  2. One man show

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Surefire, LLC full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Most co-workers are a joy. A product you can believe in but not the pricing.

    Cons

    Garage shop mentality. It's a man's industry.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it to someone who has business sense.

  3. Great products, poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, CA

    I have been working at Surefire, LLC full-time

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

    Pros

    This company is the world leader in its field. Unsurpassed brand recognition in tactical lighting arena.

    Cons

    Chaotic organization. Many employees well passed retirement age that are kept there for "sentimental reasons". They spend large amounts of money and time, developing expensive products that don't sell. Company thrives in times of war or after domestic disturbances that cause a rush to the gun store. Otherwise it is very unstable. Do not bet on a future there.

    Advice to Management

    Dispose of the "who gets the glory" mentality and work together with the same objectives in mind. Management should be more open minded, less rigid and stuck on what used to work. Need new ideas.

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  5. Administrative

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    Former Contractor - Administrative in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
    Former Contractor - Administrative in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    I worked at Surefire, LLC as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    This company is highly recognized in its industry.

    Cons

    A lot of bickering and back and forth disagreements amongst co-workers. Some of the people can be very difficult to work with and they seem to be under a lot of stress; a lack of communication leads to misunderstandings and I noticed not many people really have the educational backing for the positions they were in. They seem to be very wasteful with money. I was provided with no training. I was pretty much put into a position; given work and forced to figure things out. This company doesn't seem to have anyone knowledgeable about Business, Accounting or Customer Service. I'm wondering how long they'll continue to stay afloat.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate with all employees and listen to your co-workers; not just upper management. Learn how to speak to people and train your employees. If not, you need to hire mind-readers. This was byfar the worst experience of my life working with this company.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Company crashing down helped by inexperience people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    I have been working at Surefire, LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good Company, for non experience people

    Cons

    There is a ring of people (linked by personal relationships) that protect each other, and are placed in key positions at the company. So you have no experienced employees making the wrong decisions for the wrong reasons, and this translates in time wasting practices, and mistakes that are very expensive for the company and very frustrating for the people that actually know what they are doing. In this high competitive market, management needs to take a long and hard look at the people running the operations at Surefire, because their mistakes and unexperience are already destroying the company.

  7. Helpful (1)

    so so company for a so so job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    I worked at Surefire, LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Centrally located in Orange County

    Cons

    Little innovation
    Poor Management and HR attitude
    Sink or Sail attitude

    Advice to Management

    Change positioning to be more positive and supportive

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great team, poor management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    I worked at Surefire, LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good collaboration and team work at the mid-management level and below.

    Cons

    Senior management does not listen to employee recommendations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the rank and file, they know what needs to be changed.

  9. Helpful (1)

    The embodiment of the Peter Principle

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    I worked at Surefire, LLC

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    SureFire is a well-respected brand within the world of firearms and tactical products. The company is willing to invest in R&D and product development at a level that very few companies would be willing to touch. For that reason, the company is able to create products of the highest quality and performance levels.

    Cons

    The Peter Principle is found throughout senior management. Most people in management have their positions because of their personal relationship with the founder/owner of the company and have been with SureFire for decades. Very few people in senior management have the level of business education that most companies of SureFire's size would require and, because of their length of time with SureFire, are completely unfamiliar with basic business practices found throughout the professional world.

    Advice to Management

    It is time for many in senior management to retire; which is highly unlikely. Instead, expect to see SureFire go through some painful years of cost cutting and restructuring.

  10. Cool product/manufacturing company in OC

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Fountain Valley, Orange, CA

    I worked at Surefire, LLC

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    There is a great, collaborative team environment. Overall, the management team worked well together and the HR team did a great job in supporting the employees. The company at the time was about 450 employees in size, so it fostered an environment where most everyone knew each other. Folks seemed to really enjoy their work and many worked there for years. The history of SureFire is very rich and fascinating. Overall, I was happy to be there and work with some very bright and accomplished individuals.

    Cons

    It's a small-medium sized company and while it's a family atmosphere, it can take a bit longer to advance up the career ladder.

    Advice to Management

    I appreciated the opportunity to work at a solid company and hope the Senior management continues to do a great job as I recall when I was there.

  11. Terrific products produced by driven people-resources struggling for effective leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Surefire, LLC

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The products are relevant for the target markets and the firm offers a terrific product support channel. The customer service group is staffed with knowledgeable experts. The use of electronic product presentations is top notch. Check out the website. The employees are helpful and eager to support a common success.

    Cons

    The challenge of working here is receiving relevant business related information from cross-functional groups. The firm presents some silo's and silo's create an environment of protectionism, exclusiveness, and the lack of linking activities to the greater mission.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership team have made some recent changes internally that will hopefully strengthen the firms ability to adapt to changing market volumes. Bringing new products to market more quickly, leveraging efficiencies across product lines, and ringing the various operations group together under one set of mutually shared goals and objectives would help the internal leaders drive excellence in the firm.

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