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  1. Great experience, disappointing management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales, Marketing and Business Development Associate in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Sales, Marketing and Business Development Associate in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -opportunity to wear a lot of different hats - I learned skills I didn't expect to learn, especially for marketing
    -work environment was flexible, easygoing, all employees were friendly and fun
    -team building times were always a blast
    -offers a lot of training opportunities

    Cons

    -there was a lot of talk about how the company is a 'family' and 'there for each other' - before two employees were laid off -- this practice is not atypical, but it contradicted the 'family' values management espoused so much
    -hard to talk to management about concerning issues

  2. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Total Phase

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    - Smart co-workers who are fun to work with
    - Great opportunities to grow as an engineer and take on new responsibilities
    - Good perks: 401k matching, gym membership, great health plan, plenty of snacks
    - Relaxed work environment with an emphasis on a good work-life balance
    - Working on products that have a significant impact on the industry

    Cons

    - There are often times competing and shifting priorities
    - A bit understaffed on various projects which limits the efficiency of the team

  3. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced environment and diverse job responsibility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Total Phase

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Total Phase has an interesting company environment: it's been around for 10 years, so it has the stability and resources of a larger company, and yet, it still has a small company vibe. There's very little bureaucracy and projects can get green-lighted quickly. Job responsibilities are quite varied, and there is a lot to learn. Its got a lot of well-rounded and smart employees and everyone gets along. The company also offers monthly happy hours, bagel Fridays, lunchtime BBQs, and off-site events.

    Cons

    Being a smaller company can have its drawbacks, especially on the infrastructure side. Process documentation can be improved. IT issues can take a bit of time to get resolved.

    Advice to Management

    Improve internal processes and documentation.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Terrible management, unhappy employees

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    Current Employee - Sales, Marketing and Business Development in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales, Marketing and Business Development in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Total Phase

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It has a competitive salary for recent college graduates
    You are able to speak with the executives very often
    The job is really what you make of it
    The other employees are really great

    Cons

    Everybody is very unhappy with the jobs
    The management is very, very poor
    While you can speak with the executives, it's very clear that they don't care
    The products they make are very niche in the test and measurement category but there is insufficient training to understand them very well

    Advice to Management

    I really think you need a better training program to begin new employees with. It is impossible to really understand what we are selling with the current program.

    I would also reccomend increased organization. If someone is in charge of a region, they should focus on the region.

  6. Top-notch engineering team, and great co-workers

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

    I have been working at Total Phase full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    * Extremely talented engineering team
    * Co-workers are fun to be around -- both in and out of the office
    * Small team means lots of responsibilities, and plenty of opportunities to significantly contribute to products
    * Small company means you don't have to deal with layers upon layers of management
    * Management is responsive to concerns of its employees, and is always looking for better processes to make the team more efficient and productive
    * Great compensation and benefits

    Cons

    * Although plenty of snacks and drinks are available, most are not very healthy options
    * Can get into situations where there is a lot of task switching

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