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UTStarcom Reviews

Updated June 4, 2014
Updated June 4, 2014
28 Reviews

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  1.  

    Very technically challenging and fast paced environment !

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    Former Employee - Team Lead  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    1. Regular Brainstorming sessions
    2. No politics
    3. Employee friendly
    4. Accesible Management

    Cons

    1. average Salary
    2. Hard hit by recession

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Many missed opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Designer in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    It paid well, but was very frustrating, in that direction changed dramatically every few months.

    Cons

    Different branches of the company often worked against each other.
    No one criticized the company, or critiqued our performance. This was not openly discouraged by management, but it was also never, ever done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Unsophisticated, not market-savvy, willing to cut corners

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    Pros

    Some truly bright technical people who want to do the right thing. The video technology is truly unique and compelling.

    Cons

    "Strategy" doesn't last longer than one quarter. Always chasing the buck, regardless of what it takes. The original founders are like Rasputin - they just won't go away.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Never ending Layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL

    Pros

    Good Tools, Good local team

    Cons

    Over extended themselves in early 2000's and had nothing but product line sales and layoffs since.

    Team in US was not respected and software developed in US was taken to create competing products in China including overall framework and individual features with no corresponding return of features

    Management switched from a highly respectable Hong Lu to been counters concerned only with the stock price and not with product integrity and company productivity

    Rather than leveraging two teams working on the same types of products they let them run independently resulting in neither product being a success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your work is all in China now, might as well keep it that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not satisfing

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    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Good location hard working lower management.

    Cons

    Chineese management. Lies and deception

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company will shutdown if continued this way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Frustrating

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Director  in  Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Rolling Meadows, IL

    Pros

    Decent pay, normal hours for type of business
    Nice building
    Decent benifits
    Some good technology

    Cons

    Total lack of competance of management. Just look at how they ran the company into the ground. Could not decide what type of business they truely wanted to be in.
    Did not utilize their aquisitions. Paid a lot of money and then squandered them away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand. Stop listining to people that only have a political agenda.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Mostly good people that I worked with

    Cons

    Shady upper management when I was there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope it is going better with different CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    "interesting" while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

    Pros

    * It was a consistent pay check

    * Interesting core technologies

    * Worked with some very nice people and explored two new cultures

    Cons

    On my first day, as I was being given the tour of buildings, I noticed a sign posted on an office that read "IRS Visitors". I wondered why the IRS would have a designated office. They were still occupying that office, when I left a few years later.

    Only focused on the markets in China and India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the US team - Enjoy your parachutes

    For the China team - Enjoy your flight back home and good luck

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Run if you have any common sense..............

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    Former Employee - the Puppet Show  in  Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - the Puppet Show in Alameda, CA

    Pros

    Overall, the people at UTStarcom are great to work with from the U.S., India, China, Mexico, South America and Europe (excluding Senior Management). The pay and benefits are good compared to other companies in the same industry. If you are working for a good manager; it's a good place to work. However, if you have a BAD manager it could really suck......

    Cons

    Senior Leadership (CEO,COO, CFO) put too much trust in senior management (Sr. VP, VP,etc..) to make personnel decisions and strategy during this tight economy. These are the same senior managers (Sr. VP, VP, etc.) who in most cases travel 80% of the time to meetings, outings, etc. on the company dime and the remaining 20% of the time working from home or attending to vacation.

    So, how can they make an informed decision on personnel reductions; if they really don't know their own staff members within their organization and physically show up in the office.

    In my opinion, the overall strategy is to off-shore all operations to China and India for pennies; while the Senior Leadership team cash in on stock and bonuses $$$$$$.......

    I've seen very competent, educated and qualified employees being part of reduction in force because senior management is protecting and fostering personal relationships with selective employees; instead of making informed decisions for the best interest of the organization.

    At the end of the day; if you out shine your senior management, you are consider a threat and would be terminated (Reduction in Force) or transfered out... However, if you are a person to take orders and never challenge or question management, this is the place for you to work and perhaps retire........

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to evaluate your HR team skill set and the frequent promotions handed out to a very selective group of individuals who are part of the good old boys network!! The ultimate question, "How can you sleep at night?" . Honestly, working in this organization is like a Soap Opera or being trapped in a love triangle between Sr. Management, HR, and the good old boy mafia...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Company in a death spiral near impossible to pull out of.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Rolling Meadows, IL

    Pros

    Initially, there seemed to be a chance the UTStarcom could have been very successful, but that went away quickly.

    Cons

    The downside was that there was no vision with UTStarcom. There was no strategy except for the company to go from one flimsy venture to another. They let great products and great people go to waste. They did not recognize the bad leaders that led the company astray, as long as those people were able to toady up to the upper management and talk a good talk. And they did not recognize the leaders and the teams that delivered and brought success.

    The management had too much hemming and hawing and despite their promises to improve the way things are done, they did no such thing. And UTStarcom never got out of being a China company. Working at UTStarcom, it was clear that the shots were being called from China.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to get some balls. Instead of getting into just cutting people, take the talent, invest in the company, and look forward. Take a risk in a product line and make a concerted, long term strategy to succeed. IPTV is supposed to be the future of the company. I would not necessarily agree that it is the correct place to take the stand, but if you are going to take the stand, go all out. There are a LOT of problems with usability. Get some competent people who can address usability and if necessary, redo the whole interface. Address the other problems in the same way without worrying about the short term. Get all resources going on this. There's no use in having one foot in and one foot out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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