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Palo Alto, CA
51 to 200 employees
2003
Company - Private
Information Technology
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
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    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the products that DisplayLink make are very good.
    Decent salary depending on your role.
    Some really nice people in the office. Very little office politics so far.
    Great faculties and access to early builds of OS.
    Different daily food vans through out the day come at the front of your office.
    Nice open glass office. Very little cubicles around here.

    Cons

    Abysmal training. You either get the software or not. You really are thrown in the deep end with the software and hardware. I be very cautious if I was new starter in QA testing and they just did that to me. You gotta make sure you get things right the first time. Basically asking for robotic staff members.

    The QA team feels very odd to bond with and speak about QA issues. I know they are good people but it feels strictly work with them. Period.

    High Turnover, you see a lot of people leaving rather then staying.

    CCTV cameras are everywhere inside the office. Its very Over The Top for a small company and should have stopped at the front entrance but DisplayLink make you aware of this before you start just so you dont get surprised. I do understand about equipment getting stolen but, have a bit of faith in your team once in a while will you guys?

    Expect to work on the weekend. We had deadlines where it went towards both weekends and ending on Sunday nights. Expect this to happen frequently. But you get free food and taxi serviced if you do decide to take up the weekend offer but still not worth the pain.

    Some of the QA staff who raise bugs are like talking to brick walls and conversations will always be heavily one sides arguments. I feel sorry for the devs who have to put up with it and fix invisible issues all the time.

    QA staff going to QA events/meetups to hopefully learn and knowledge share to the team only to learn very little and hype up how very little they have learnt. Basically pretending to know a lot but not showing it. Total waste of time and money.

    Contractors and Permanent staff get treated differently from work aspects both in training and how they are treated which is really bad for work culture.

    Managers and team leaders always ask questions like, “How do we this?” or “How do we resolve that?” But rarely ever put in any effort to find a solution and put it all on the team.

    Lot of the Managers and Seniors put a lot of false hope with career progression. This is just hearing from others trying to progress within the company but simply cant.

    Advice to Management

    Whilst I believe DisplayLink could be a excellent company to work for, it lets itself down by hiring managers and leaders who pretend they everything but know very little.
    Staff are not a commodity and have a high turn over rate. HR need to look into this more in-depth both from previous staff members and what happens to them in the future with both perm and contractors and stop it from happening.
    The manager spends most of the day playing with Lego rather then helping out staff. And upper management have given them too much trust and making major errors that affect the company, the investors and staff. I am under the impression they just buddy up together to make sure they get less dirty then the rest of the team beneath them. It annoys me when I see normal staff members work on the weekends with family's to take of whilst, managers and leaders are not one bit interested and make lousy excuses all the time to bail out so we have the short end of the stick and burden most of the work responsibilities.
    Theres also no leverage of improving training or staff satisfaction. Its only one direction with the managers and leaders, the wrong way. Damage has already been done, whether or not this can be improved from here on out is up to DisplayLink's blind upper tier management.
    And the highly dubious perfect reviews on Glassdoors for DisplayLink is an utter farce.

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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at DisplayLink.

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    I applied by sending a CV and a cover letter. A week or so later a telephone interview was scheduled. A technical engineer called and asked me a few questions about my experience, and abilities, especially in c++ and python. This was followed by a technical face to face interview at their offices.

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