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Zetron Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule / Family friendly
    Amazing co-workers, everyone pitches in
    Great benefits & pay
    Relaxed atmosphere & dress code

    Cons

    Medical insurance is a little expensive, but they make up for it with other benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zetron

    Pros

    Close community... everyone pulls together... There is a unity about what we do, from the top to the bottom.

    Cons

    Small company means that you have to sometimes do more. Not a real bad thing, it is just an adjustment.

  3.  

    Zetron

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

    I worked at Zetron (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Scattered management. More reactive than proactive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Engineering Software Sr.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Software Senior in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering Software Senior in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Zetron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Near home and not located in Seattle

    Cons

    This company is really out of touch and very provincial especially the CEO, upper management and HR department. It's hard to believe any company could survive like this. However, that might explain why sales numbers are falling so rapidly, and the company is laying off workers. If you are talented and do quality work, other people within the company, who are in the "special clique", will get the credit . Working there is much like working for a monarchy or kingdom, where engineers are publicly humiliated and fired for sport and entertainment. Think long and hard before considering an engineering job at Zetron.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kenwood corporation (owner of Zeron) should consider changing the CEO, VP's and HR before it's too late!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Product Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Before Kenwood bought Zetron and before the original CEO stepped out of daily operations, Zetron was almost a functional company. The second CEO really needed the previous CEO for proper balance, and things stated going South slowly.

    Cons

    Once Kenwood bought Zetron, many new and extremely inexperienced and unqualified VP's and managers stepped in. Due to fear within the upper and middle management layers, nearly every manager, VP and even the CEO wouldn't think twice about throwing someone under the bus, including experienced and some very talented people. Working there at that time was the worst nightmare you could ever imagine. Upper, middle management and the CEO protect themselves, while allowing "the little people" to take their blame for serious mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hoping someday the management will experience the pain and suffering they have cause others.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people there are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Zetron is dysfunctional on many levels. Unless you are one of the "old timers" (20-years or more) or are part of the "protected" upper management team, your chances of being successful are unfortunately limited. The "old timers" do nearly anything they can to invalidate your work by means of backstabbing. There are many unnecessary layers of upper management, and there have been many layoffs recently but none in upper management. They appear to be a dying company, where many of their customers are now going out of business. Zetron has attempted to move into the direct contact business, but the bigger and better players are winning the contact sales. And, the once strong individual product sales are a thing of the past. Because many of their new system products have been plagued with problems and very late to market, the industry has all but lost confidence in this company -- it's just a matter of time now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of blaming the workers for your problems, start looking at your upper management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful place to work

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

    I have been working at Zetron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has weathered numerous downturns in the economy over 30+ years and emerged stable and positioned for growth every time. This is a testament to the great quality staff.....many with 15 - 25 years of tenure and more. Many employees who have left to pursue advancement with competitors have come back.

    Cons

    Due to constant adjustments to the changing economic conditions there seems to be a constant state of growing pains. There also seems to always be more work than available hands necessary to get everything done optimally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More and clearer communications from senior management on the direction of the company and more line level decision making authority would help many of the day to day challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent place to work.

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

    I worked at Zetron full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company designs, develops and manufactures mission critical communication software for public safety, transportation and utility companies. You are part of an amazing team doing amazing work when you are an employee here. The dress code is business casual attire, the culture is respectful and friendly, there is an open door policy for all levels of mgmt., the CEO is accessible, a lot of positive efforts for employee engagement i.e. CEO Roundtable and employee socials, and there is opportunity for career advancement.

    Cons

    Some levels of mgmt. are resistant to change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Family style atmosphere

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, slowly but surely moving ahead. Fairly stable and they make a great product.

    Cons

    A bit too much of micro-managment. Senior management needs to not think "this is always the way we've done it" and attempt to embrace new ways of doing things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Company!

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

    I have been working at Zetron

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Reputed product. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Doesn't do much for individual career portfolio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to channel existing talent to do more innovations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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