WET Design

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WET Design Reviews

Updated November 22, 2014
Updated November 22, 2014
53 Reviews
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WET Design CEO Mark Fuller
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The best working environment I ever seen (in 4 reviews)

  • Because of the creative environment, it can be exciting and interesting work (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of communication and finger pointing when problems arise is rampant (in 2 reviews)

  • Like I mentioned, there is a set time limit for projects, which is completely understandable (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Life changing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Burbank, CA

    I worked at WET Design full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Team work is the only way this company operates. Lean methods with innovative ideas and designs

    Cons

    The culture is unique until the light goes on. Then you can not drink enough of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BIC talent comes from many walks of life. Flexibility will raise the bar even higher

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Caveat Emptor - Beware the Lure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Sun Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Sun Valley, CA

    I worked at WET Design full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Physical Work Environment - The work environment is aesthetically pleasing and well laid out. You won't find a myriad of cubicles here. Office structure is very open and is a refreshing change to the dreary structure you'd find at most places.
    Compensation - The base salary seems to be higher than average but comes at a cost.

    Cons

    Benefits - Health insurance is really only geared towards yourself. If you want to add family members expect to pay a premium. There is no matched 401k or equivalent retirement. Contributions come solely from yourself. Vacation is minimal and difficult to take any days regardless due to constant pressure from unrealistic project timeframes.
    Workload - Expect long hours and weekends trying to complete projects and pick up the pieces of past failures which are never ending. Everything seems to happen last minute and is always an emergency. A big factor is high employee turnover which leaves few seasoned experts. The reinventing of the wheel is continuous and repeating past mistakes are often as a result.
    Minimal Growth - For the same reason as above, almost everyone is in the same boat experience wise. It is difficult to grow professionally when there is no heritage. Most peers have only one year experience. While there are many skilled employees it remains a challenge to grow from your peers when their talents are used on seemingly trivial tasks to rush development and implementation of products.
    Research and Development - Seemingly none. The approach generally consists of reverse engineering other products or designs to meet requirements and deadlines. This limits an engineering creativity since most products will be quickly envisioned by a designer and mocked up then dumped in your hands to create the production solution. The design and vision is sold to the customer before a solution exists and often times devoid of any input for engineering. Most companies allocate time and funds to research and development so that ideas can be advertised and implemented within before overselling oneself but not here. For engineering, the group always seems to be behind the eight ball and scrambles to make ground once a project is already promised. To make matters worse, you could be at the midnight hour with a design only to have a change directed by the owner because it isn't as he envisioned. The last minute changes will end up being required, often with little testing or qualification before they reach the field.
    Unrealistic Time Frames - Projects are sold along with set time frames to delivery. This is expected at most places but here it seems that schedules are crafted without engineering input and thought into what is realistic. The Pyramids were not built in a month. As such. you get what you pay for, whether it's time or money. Expect products to reflect that.
    High Turnover Rate - Expectations are high and you have a short time to prove yourself. Hence Caveat Emptor. You may be paid significantly more than your last job but as such you are expected make miracles happen with no room for error. Even if you inherit a poorly designed product if you fail to meet delivery schedule or have failures in the field than you better have a job lines up because you will be let go. Beware leaving a job that you liked simply because you thought you could get a higher pay and prove yourself here. Many people did the same and are now unemployed. People will disappear and won't know why except "they weren't a good fit" or some other ambiguous explanation. The business model also does not lend well to retention so even if you are exceptional, if there is a lull in revenue, expect to be let go. This is across departments which is especially challenging since you often have to interface with purchasing, production, manufacturing, etc. Expect to babysit many aspects that would normally be seamless elsewhere. It is difficult and time consuming to constantly bring production personnel up to speed when they have never worked with comparable products and they will get changed out constantly.
    Finances - The company always seems to be flirting with collapse. Paper paychecks and delays in payroll are not uncommon. Again, the business model requires a steady cash flow in with little buffer to prevent this.
    Perception Trumps Functionality - Many common engineering practices are thrown out in the name of image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the departments to run under their selected directors without interference. Generally they are skilled and capable but cannot work effectively if handed down edicts that compromise their effectiveness. Involve engineering up front on critical decisions which include project time frame.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Worst Job of My Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sun Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sun Valley, CA

    I worked at WET Design full-time

    Pros

    The only reason to work here is if you absolutely cannot find a job anywhere else.

    Cons

    The owner is an arrogant, dishonest individual who will not even look you in the eye when he speaks to you.
    The company absolutely refuses to pay their supply base in a timely fashion (or sometimes at all). The culture reminds one of an odd cult with strange priorities (The first team anyone?.....a shop floor that had better look a certain way but is utterly not designed for function.....memos written in their own cultish language / grammar...17 people at two tables in a single room with no partitions trying to conduct business all at once......).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly a waste of words.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    An Outstanding Opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Illustrator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Illustrator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at WET Design full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There is no other company that I know of that has such integrated and cohesive teams able to dish out quality work within a set time limit. They hire you for what you can do best, and they put these unique skills to use. Often times, they will want to here input based on your specialty and have this input planted firmly into the project. It does not seem like a job, more like an environment meant to challenge your skill and use it to create something beautiful. What you put forward has lasting effects and the results are amazing.

    Cons

    Like I mentioned, there is a set time limit for projects, which is completely understandable. I see this more as a helpful push than a con because it leaves less time for procrastination.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interim Controller

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interim Controller in Universal City, CA
    Former Employee - Interim Controller in Universal City, CA

    I worked at WET Design as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very creative people designing exquisite water features. Much of the mechanical features of the systems were designed in-house. Very enjoyable to work with such talented people.

    Cons

    Because most of the systems were very close to being one-off designs requiring many hours of development and design cash flow was a recurring issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With the exception of the cash flow problem I have none. I felt that accounting was at the lower end of the spectrum and design and engineering was the main event. It was the art of the design and fabrication that propelled the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Troubled Village with angry citizens and poor economy

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Sun Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Sun Valley, CA

    I have been working at WET Design full-time

    Pros

    The pro's are the facility on this inside is beautiful although it is in one of the nastiest communities in Los Angeles. Freedom to come and go as you please and lots of young people bringing in ideas.

    Cons

    The ideas of the young engineers are always the blunt of any failure since there is no guidance from the owner or top management. Lots of yelling but no guidance. We just lost one of the best people we had in management. He knew his stuff and was helping all of us engineers. He was tough too but he helped a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose any more good people, stop pretending that this company is Apple or anything like Apple. We are not. Stop the revolving door of people. We fire people faster than any company I have ever seen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Brilliant!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Team in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Team in Burbank, CA

    I have been working at WET Design full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The People, the Projects and the Environment!
    Taking my kids to experience our features and seeing how much they laugh, play and leave with happy memories. This always reminds me of our Goal, creating Magic!

    Cons

    Our Environment is unique and therefore not for everyone. Those that thrive at WET, are those people that have learned to transmute thoughts into matter. We can transform raw-steel into solid gold bars, can you?!?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is always room for improvement, even if we are perfect! :-)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good People

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

    I have been working at WET Design full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    WET is a small company where you get to know your coworkers and a hands on engineering environment. The owner of the company is involved in every product during the design process.

    Cons

    There are a lot of politics at WET opinions are a strong influence on the design process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    First Team Member

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WET Design full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    not what it makes out to be

    Cons

    no growth for opportunity and it's not what you would think

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Sr. Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Sun Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Sun Valley, CA

    I have been working at WET Design full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The best working environment I ever seen.

    Cons

    It is not ISO certified company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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