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ASSIA Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "ASSIA Inc benefits are exceptional."

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ASSIA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits package is excellent and a reflection of managements desire to attract and retain top professionals. The fully funded HSA is an excellent benefit.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, due to unanticipated market softness for ASSIA's newest products, the company is struggling to avoid contracting and losing its strong financial backing.

    Advice to Management

    ASSIA's dedication to its employees, and investors is commendable. Continue to work toward a company with best in class offerings.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good experience working there, but bad upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ASSIA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    In ASSIA, the engineers are the smartest. Lots of exciting exchange of ideas among the greatest engineers in the world. They are very skilled tech geek with lots of talent. The engineering team is friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Bad top management. The CEO is a good academic leader. But it does not mean the same holds true in business. Many of PhD students were at management positions forming the so called "Stanford Club". DSL business is completely out of date as everyone knows it. In the mean while, WiFi business - "CloudCheck" - looks very very cloudy.

    Advice to Management

    It is time to retire and let capable business people take over.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Going downhill"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ASSIA (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For a startup company, the work environment is good.

    - Flexible schedule.
    - Good work-life balance.
    - Good benefits.
    - Good amount of PTO.

    Everyone is friendly, and the workers are very smart and skilled. I enjoyed working for ASSIA very much.

    Cons

    Management is trying so desperately to make ASSIA a superstar company and go public.

    - The company spends too much money in various R&D projects.
    - Has new upper management almost yearly.
    - Does not give enough focus on their main product which is the company's main source of revenue.

    As a result, the company has had two major layoffs in the last year. The company has risked so much for stardom and has failed and now is doing everything they can from going belly-up.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture the company to let it do what it does best and allow it to be the successful company it once was instead of trying so hard to develop additional, mediocre products in the vain effort for IPO.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "ASSIA is going down the drain."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ASSIA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The health benefits and HSA contribution are amazing, on par with the best companies in the Bay Area.

    Cons

    An old product which was ignored and was not expanded or built upon, as a result it has become obsolete, nobody needs it anymore. A couple of laughably mediocre new products that nobody wants. Poor management, extremely low morale, and dire financial strains. The worst people are put in charge of marketing, sales, product management and strategy planning whose only virtue is their servitude to the CEO and telling him what he wants to hear. Massive layoffs over the past year: almost 3/4 of the workforce were let go. The headquarter has become like a ghost town.
    ASSIA is now like a headless chicken: very unsuccessfully running around for mere survival.
    It's a shame that a company with so much potential, was destroyed to the ground by its incompetent leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for advice, not that the management ever wanted to listen to anyone with even a slightly different opinion than theirs.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great products. But a bad time to join/stay in the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ASSIA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They allow you to work from home. They have the best products ever.

    Cons

    Rude management. Most of the office cabins are empty because they fired a lot of people . Lot of org changes. Very scared to go to work because I might lose my job anytime. They went bankrupt also

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Reassure that things are back to normal.


  7. "QA Engineer, IT Help Desk"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at ASSIA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technology and good, smart people

    Cons

    The company culture and politicking that goes on there is perhaps the strangest I've ever encountered. The management was cliquish and it seemed to me there was an invisible barrier between them and the rank and file. It was like being in high school but getting paid for it.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive and less exclusive


  8. "If you like working with smart people you'll like this place."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    By far and away the industry's leading provider.
    New product pipeline has the potential to dramatically change the revenue trajectory.
    Awesome IP portfolio.
    Tons and tons of IQ points walking around in this place. Has something like 50x the number of IEEE Fellows to be expected for a firm of this size.

    Cons

    Tough to grow revenues this industry segment.
    Certain big bets have been made that could hurt the firm if they don't pan out.
    Competes in a space where customers (i.e. carriers) have huge power because the industry segment is so concentrated.

    Advice to Management

    You would close more big deals by giving greater weight to the input provided by the sales person on the ground.


  9. "Very high IQ"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ASSIA full-time

    Pros

    Highly qualified engineers/researcher working together in the challenging broadband space. More than half have terminal degrees. Many from Stanford. Small environment, so no bureaucracy. Flexible schedules. Highly competitive benefits and pay for valley standards. Nice office in a posh location in Redwood City.

    Cons

    Cannot afford to have a single focus area. Must learn quick and contribute across diverse responsibilities: from data analysis, algorithm development, software implementation, field deployment and testing. This could be an advantage depends on what one wants.


  10. "ASSIA, great company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Director Product Management in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ASSIA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very hi-tech company with innovative solutions to old Telecom problems.
    John Cioffi's leadership and knowledge. The company is small enough that you can easily interact with him.
    Nice office environment.

    Cons

    Very competitive industry segment makes business success challenging.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Now not the time to join"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work hard, dedicated to the end product

    Cons

    Management short-sided. Not much growth potential


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