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Universal Electronics (CA) Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
16 Reviews
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Universal Electronics (CA) Chairman and CEO Paul D. Arling
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  1.  

    Office is still new and clean. Management is horrible. Maybe different in other locations.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    New office so desks and chairs are still clean.

    Cons

    1. No means of work/life balance
       A) HQ development team not understanding timezone differences. sometimes people calling at 1 or 2AM.
       B) Management asking to have a meeting at 2AM / 3AM in the morning & not attending to it.
       C) too dependent on one person. Once involved in 8 deals all running in parallel.
       D) even after resignation, constantly calling for help. Management not thinking this is a shame
            Once or twice, is understandable but almost everyday is not understandable.
            Side effect of counting too much on one person, but have no plans of increasing because of laws.

    2. Corporate culture
       A) scream more to get more (complain a lot for a raise)
       B) too many resignations (due to lack of management and harassment)
       C) not a manufacturer, but a solutions provider. no or little knowledge of manufacturing.
       D) Constantly preaching value (consulting), but in the end follow customer needs.

    3. Threatens to fire for arrogation of authority but Sales controlling the Application engineers.
        Does not realize that is also considered an arrogation of authority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Do not hire people with their background experience, but with their potential to dedicate themselves in an environment where a person is constantly screaming.
    2. Strongly recommend to show candidates reality instead of ideal image. Nobody is interested in your utopia
    3. Lead and show value before ordering others to show value. Should prepare an ideal role model up front.
    4. Highly recommend to stop making up selfish reasons to why people resigned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place sucks

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Ok job but would not recommend.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    interesting, but discouraging

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

    Pros

    good boss and colleagues support from logistics

    Cons

    bad and slow decision making process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think locally

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A little set in their ways but OK place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a great place to work, but an opportunity to work with latest technologies in consumer electronics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

    Pros

    Exposure to latest technologies in consumer electronics, especially universal remote controls

    Cons

    Unhealthy work environment
    Lack of clear-cut direction in what one should work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more faith on DRs

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Typical medium sized company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    try cross training employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Flexible work environment, but lacks quality engineers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    convert career path

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA)

    Pros

    this is a common company and can learn something, then can convert to other big company to get more salary.

    Cons

    this is a small company for there are many operator needed there. Just like a factory, so need less engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this company should have more meeting to make employees to communicate their skills and know every one's progress and performance.

    No opinion of CEO

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