Mission: EFJohnson focuses on innovating, developing, and marketing the highest quality secure communications solutions to organizations whose mission is to protect and save lives.
I have been working at EFJohnson Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)
We have about the sharpest engineering team I have ever worked on. Every single person knows their stuff and are helpful and fun.
The products we create are leading edge and have a direct impact on first responders' ability to do their jobs.
The company culture is great - HR is committed to making EFJ a great place to work. We have flexible hours (per manager), casual dress, & frequent events.
Benefits are pretty good for the size of company.
Completely understaffed in every department. The engineers do customer support in addition to crazy deadlines from sales committing to dates without asking engineering if it's even possible. Management's response is "thanks, keep working to make up the difference".
Laughable to no bonuses for anyone below director.
The same VP is responsible for marketing and engineering - so there is no one to balance the sales requests vs. reality for producing quality products.
Time-off policy is pretty stingy (2 weeks until 5 years) - and it's old-school separate vacation/sick time instead of one bucket of PTO. So, you can have tons of sick time and no vacation and be stuck.
Advice to Management
1. Get a VP of engineering so there's a voice at the table that understands what the limits are.
2. Update to PTO and be more generous with employees who work 50-60 hour weeks.
3. Realize that the crisis is over and there is a lot of competition for good software people.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at EFJohnson Technologies (New York, NY).
I had one phone interview with HR, and then another phone interview with the hiring manager. Then I had an in person interview. The in person interview was 4 hours long, and I talked with 8 different people for 30 minutes each. Several people with made it very clear that I would have to work with some people with difficult personalities. It seemed like a good company to work for, but some facts about the company kept changing as I talked to different people. For example, the first two people that I talked to told me a general number for the revenue of the company, but the third person that I talked to revealed a very specific number that was almost half of what the other people had said.
We recently debuted our newly restored museum with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. The EFJohnson museum showcases the company’s rich history in the LMR industry and highlights its growth, achievement, innovation and technological advancement through the past ten decades. The exhibit portrays EFJohnson’s unwavering dedication to maintaining its position as the mission-critical communications provider that goes above and beyond the call of duty. The museum includes personal artifacts from EFJohnson’s founder, Edgar F. Johnson dating back to the 1920s.
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