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Acellent Technologies Reviews

Updated July 10, 2017
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  1. "Great company, great people, growing pains."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Acellent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with a product that is arguably the next big thing. Huge upside potential and there's literally no risk of job loss. Freebies in the kitchen, good staff, well meaning management, stable area, impervious to the eventual tech bubble popping.

    Cons

    The company is transitioning from R&D to a real consumer facing product and growing pains are evident. While I would recommend bringing in people who know how to make this transition, I can understand decisions not to do so: The company has grown steadily(albeit not as fast it could) in both size and revenue for a decade -- so why change something that's evidently working.

    Advice to Management

    Consider bringing in experts to guide the transition from multi-millions to multi-billions and lets all get rich.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acellent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good company. Good product. Forefront of the industry. Lots of responsibility early. Management respects your time. Co-workers are friendly. freebies in the kitchen. Possibly on the verge of being the next big thing.

    Cons

    Not much training. Sometimes there's too many heads at the table. Can slow down new ideas or progress. Some people try to scrape by with doing bare minimum.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. Maybe work on communication.

  3. "Company to Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Acellent Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel and work in varying projects, interact with differing people and technological needs, and generally with great (but fatigued) co-workers.

    Cons

    Incompetent and abusive top management. The chairman of the board, married to the president/CEO, is a Stanford professor who has great fear and resentment of people with insights that often extend beyond his own vision. Workers are frequently told to perform actions that are different from what the customers want, putting the workers in difficult positions with displeased customers. Management makes frequent trips to China, with apparent technical exchanges, and runs the Sunnyvale company like a tiny fiefdom. Company meetings seem to go on forever, and certain employees are excoriated during the meetings for reasons that seem to have more to do with how management respects them rather than their actions or lack thereof.

    Advice to Management

    Hire highly trained replacement management, and sell the company to a larger consultancy so that employee excellence can be recognized as well as growth opportunities. They have conceptually excellent product opportunities, but have been stunted by incompetence at the top level for many years.


  4. "It is no less than a hell."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    not a single thing to mention

    Cons

    Dumb Management, Rude management, Management people insult employees infront of everyone, management spends vacation considerable amount of the time outside USA, run staff meeting which is completely waste of time, spends project money for their own use, waste project money on internal work, hence the project is never done,cuts salary without any reason, makes new law on vacation time so that they get the money back from the employee benefit,hires family members, impose irrelevant work on employees when they do not understand any basic engineering, shouts on employees in the staff meeting, do not know how to pay respect to people, they think they are god, not at all, they are the worst,unprofessional and dumb people that can be found in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Learn some manners...dont think no one can see you


  5. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best working environments. Great staff-intelligent, friendly and incredibly driven group of people."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Acellent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of teamwork and collaborating with its surrounding companies, such as, Boeing, Bell, and NASA. Very fair salary pay. A diverse place where innovative ideas are greatly appreciated. Acellent has a great Management Team where the company meets success.

    Cons

    Great place to meet new and friendly employers where they have similar degrees as you. Acellent is in a location that is voted number 1 best places to work. Great facilities as well. Great group of people.


  6. "Great technology and products"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acellent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, lots of opportunities to learn

    Cons

    May be better planning of resources

    Advice to Management

    Great work! Keep employees motivated in this fast paced work environment


  7. "They have great product line, but the way management treats the employee is simply unacceptable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Acellent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great learning opportunity for beginners. Their product line is very promising. If the company is handled by trained management, this company has very promising future.

    Cons

    The way management handles employees is simply unacceptable. I wanted to quit the very first week of my job. There is no clear flow of management control in the company. They want every employee to do everything. Everyone in the company is stressed to their limits. Staffs meetings end up in unproductive arguments all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, try to keep your employees happy.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "More cons than pros"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -smart and friendly coworkers
    -office is in a good location
    -ping pong table (but hardly anyone uses it)

    Cons

    -outdated and slow technology; old computers, old printers/scanners
    -no benefits or perks of normal startups. you won't find any food in the break room, there aren't many team building activities, no work from home, no 401k.
    -low morale because people keep quitting and employees then have to take on extra work. this means long hours, high stress, lower quality work due to time constraints

    Advice to Management

    There's not a lot of transparency or follow-through. Communication is lacking. Often being late and disorganized isn't a good example for your staff. Company's lack of growth is due to revenues being offset with too much personal spending and other unnecessary expenses.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "great start-up, collegial environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acellent Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good office environment, very entrepreneurial spirit. no excessive supervision. while i can understand why some individuals might say that the office plays favorites, it's more like a specific underperforming employee might be "less of a favorite" than everyone. else.

    Good compensation and solid benefits, management cares. there are no firings or workers being laid off. management will let individuals know they are underperforming, which gives them time to switch jobs if they want.

    compensation, particularly bonuses are extremely merit based.

    Cons

    bonuses are extremely merit based. long staff meetings every week. management and employees are often traveling.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Valuable short term experience, but unsustainable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Acellent Technologies full-time

    Pros

    - Working with very talented multidisciplinary individuals
    - Working in a growing industry with many opportunities to learn and to innovate
    - Freedom from the overwhelming regulation tape imposed by larger companies in aerospace
    - Get-it-done mentality

    Cons

    - Haphazard regulations that are followed and enforced at a whim
    - Upper management is hardly ever in the office, resulting in long mandatory company meetings in which upper management wastes the time of 90% of employees while picking apart the details of projects involving 10% of employees. While they think they are promoting a sharing atmosphere where everyone can contribute, the valuable contributions were already made outside of that meeting.
    - Upper management cares more about finding a cheaper vendor than providing a customer with quality components -- this could be disastrous if the company goes from the R&D world to a real product
    - Just-get-it-done mentality
    - Upper management plays favorites
    - Employees are constantly being threatened with salary cuts, whether as a joke or not, this is totally unacceptable and unprofessional
    - Employee culture and life balance leaves much to be desired -- many employees work a full day and go home to work a full night because they are given so many tasks with arbitrary and unreasonable deadlines

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to tone down the over-ambition and work on fostering respect for their talented employees such that they can retain their skills and experiences for more than a few years.


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