I worked at U S Hybrid full-time (More than 5 years)
The projects and exposure to new exciting things is beyond anything else. Small company so you can take on many responsibilities, innovative new products and projects that are ahead of the industry. Ability to push yourself to be better and do more.
Tense and stressful. All projects are behind schedule so everyone works extra hours and more than their job description. Low pay, even for the industry, so work has to be your reward. Little patience for low production, you must learn fast and be productive or you will be replaced. Turnover is high, with both people quitting and being let go. They expect you to perform above your job title but for less pay than you are worth. No real perks besides learning and doing.
Advice to Management
Consider parameters beyond the bottom line. While revenue may keep the doors open, a positive work environment will attract better employees, increase productivity and ultimately create more revenue.
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at U S Hybrid (Torrance, CA) in November 2015.
Initial phone screening, then I was asked to go on site. Before my flight, suddenly I was given a set of problems to solve within 24 hours. I paid all the expenses for the interview out of my pocket. They reimbursed after 3 months, after repeated emails asking for it. From initial phone call to the response to the on-site interview it took 4 months.
The interview was supposed to be about 4 hours. But it went all day as the VP of the company could not make it before 3PM. It was mostly discussion about the projects and experiences. The President was very rude. At one point he started criticizing my previous work and projects. Only a few questions was asked and I was able to answer them all. When the VP came, I asked him whether they looked at my response to the problems given and how was it. They said they have not looked at it yet. While I was there, the president was yelling at some of the employees of the company.
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