Universal Electronics (CA) Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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Universal Electronics (CA) Chairman and CEO Paul D. Arling
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  1. The workplace was clean, strict, and comfortable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Twinsburg, OH

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    There was potential to grow with the company. Managers was the most helpful to me. Talked to customers on the phone daily.

    Cons

    The shift was horrible, and it was going to take a long time to get moved off of it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. Software Engineer

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

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people and atmosphere at Universal Electronics are great. The team is small and the work is fast paced, and there are interesting technologies to work on.

    Cons

    Upper management (VP+) spends a lot of time micro-managing at low levels (individual contributor level) which can lead to frustration on the part of the team. The pay is below industry averages, and even salaried employees have to punch a time card every day.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the time tracking for salaried employees and bring the pay level up to par with other companies.


  3. Sr. Mgmt is not focused on leveraging its Information Technology dept. to increase employee productivity ...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

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

    Pros

    The company has excellent potential and has cornered the market in their niche. There are some very good people here.

    Cons

    Management is so focused on not spending money on I.T. that the state of the I.T. infrastructure is very sad. Bring a good supply duct tape and bailing wire.

    Advice to Management

    Stop replacing I.T. Director's every year. Maybe you should look at the root cause here ...


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  5. A little set in their ways but OK place to work

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

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong financials Dedicated employees Good benefits Bonus structure with regular payouts

    Cons

    Not very willing to change Inflexible management Draconian financial monitoring Micromanagement at some Sr levels

    Advice to Management

    Work to make the environment more open and be willing to take more risk for future reward.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Overall the company treats its employees well, with perks, nice accomadations and descent pay.

    Cons

    It really depends on who your manager is. If you happen to have a bad one than you will be treated poorly in your dept.

    Advice to Management

    Let your subordinates know that they are appreciated by connecting with them. Make sure supervisors/managers are approachable. Train supervisors better, because if you have a supervisor that treats you respectfully then you will have a better team.


  7. Ok job but would not recommend.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Twinsburg, OH

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Same schedule each week, coworkers are nice and big pay increase for full time.

    Cons

    Supervisors will not hesitate to fire employees who do not meet their quota or even just because they can. Breaks are bad as in a 5 hr part time shift they only give you one 10 minute break. Management will also write you up for whatever they decide to enforce that week. Many good employees were let go becauae of this

    Advice to Management

    Dont fire your full time agents and hire part timers because it is cheaper


  8. Helpful (1)

    A decent company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent salary; will only get a bonus for non-managers if the company is doing well. The hours are actually not bad in the accounting department; some overtime during quarter end and year end but it's expected. People are friendly. Okay perks, some internal events and nice annual Christmas party. The CEO holds a quarterly all-hands meeting.

    Cons

    Because it's not a big company, growth opportunities are limited. Vacation sucks; 10 days to start, 15 days after 5th year, and 20 days after 10th year. Senior management = old boys' club.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Typical medium sized company

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

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits: low premium health insurance. profit sharing. company matched 401k to 7.5 % of salary People: except few, friendly environment

    Cons

    No real room for growth can be monotonous

    Advice to Management

    try cross training employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    This place sucks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Twinsburg, OH

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    if you find any let me know

    Cons

    management does not know how to talk to anyone or manage, they do not work with school or even real life issues, very secretive, and management actually enjoys firing people

    Advice to Management

    go to college and get some education on how to actually manage and motivate your employees


  11. Helpful (1)

    Flexible work environment, but lacks quality engineers.

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

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    * There is quite a bit of flexibility in how and where the work is done, as long as it is completed in a timely manner. * The pay is average/decent, although I can't speak for others at the company.

    Cons

    * Managment is often unaware of the difference between "quality" of engineering versus "quantity". That is, they believe that throwing more engineers on a job, can get it done faster. However many of these engineers are right out of college and located thousands of miles away in India, which makes joint development projects difficult at best. * Amount of vacation time stinks, it takes 5 years with the company to get the 3rd week.

    Advice to Management

    * Look for quality engineers only, and when one is hired that can't cut the mustard, let them go.



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