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Adaptec President & CEO S. Sundi Sundaresh
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  1. "sales manager"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Adaptec full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great culture, good work life balance, company cares about its employees
    strong position in the market place as a / the leader in their segment
    great name and always opens doors to get meetings
    solid products with very good reputations

    Cons

    strategy confusion - systems? software? silicon? all? different strategy each quarter
    Could have been much bigger with some longer term strategic focus.
    activist investor didn't help any either.....

    Advice to Management

    should have been the FC leader and appliance leader.... Should have kept the silicon
    tie in with real silicon lead now is good.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Adaptec full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experience started out positive. Company was on an up-swing.

    Cons

    Too much drama. VPs bickering with out regard to their teams

    Advice to Management

    None


  3. "Old Player"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Adaptec full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Has the advantages of a small company,Loads to learn within these walls, from the lowermost layers to the System level

    Cons

    People management is not balanced across all teams , at least on the technical sides


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  5. "It was a great company! Too bad that it didn't continue to grow."

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at Adaptec full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, Culture, Work Environment - Best place I ever worked!

    Cons

    Financial Challenges - wrong strategy. Hedge Fund take-over


  6. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Foothill Ranch, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Company to work at.

    Cons

    Doesn't invest in New technologies

    Advice to Management

    Invest in New technologies


  7. "It was very helpful"

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    Current Employee - Notetaker in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Notetaker in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work experience and communication improvement

    Cons

    Time management and course work

    Advice to Management

    Better online platform


  8. "OK place for the short term, long term success is uncertain"

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    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Milpitas, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has retained its wonderful culture from the glory days. People work together well and are truly supportive of each other. Most people are able to maintain a very good work/life balance there. They still have a lot of cash, so they have been pretty generous with retention bonuses (cash as well as restricted stock).

    Cons

    It's a declining business, and the future roadmap to turn that around is very unclear. The executive team does not have a clear vision of what success looks like, so decisions seem to be more opportunistic rather than execution on a long-term plan. While the mechanisms to communicate with employees are all in place, the content is fairly weak. And of course, the low stock price can be either be seen as a positive (get in at the floor price) or a negative (it has fallen dramatically and has stayed low for a long time).

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to the top caliber employees you have left by involving them more in the strategic plans for the company. There are a lot of good ideas that could be generated by this group that would result in both short-term and long-term gains for the company.


  9. "If you want a challenge and a real opportunity this is the place to be."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Adaptec provides a friendly yet challenging work enviornment. Adaptec is full of can do people who believe in making things happen. Adaptec is in the midst of change as a company and with this change a lot of opportunities are being created. You just need to jump in and help and the opportunities will present themselves.

    Cons

    I enjoy working at Adaptec and the people that work here. No complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Let's keep moving.


  10. "Good Technology & Family Atmosphere BUT lack of Leadership is killing Adaptec"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Development Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Adaptec is a very friendly atmosphere to work in and not very stressful. Adaptec has good technology that is fun to work on. The middle level managers and below are truely good managers and care about their employees. They allow time off for things that "come up" and allow their employees to work from home a few days out of the week. It really makes for a good atmosphere to work in. Also, Adaptec does seem to pay fairly well plus the benefits are as good as other technology companies. I have really enjoyed the family atmosphere which is what has kept me from leaving (so far).

    Cons

    There is little to no leadership from the CEO. Adaptec keeps bouncing around to different product ideas because of a lack of direction. The CEO has done a good job getting the books in order but good books without leadership is not a successful company. The CEO needs to pick a direction and stick with it (right, wrong or indifferent). Without any communications on the company direction, it makes it hard to know where the employees should be directing their focus. With the company shrinking every quarter, it has been very hard to advance my career. The morale has been so low for so long, it makes it hard to come to work with a positive mindframe.

    Advice to Management

    LEADERSHIP!! Adaptec needs someone to lead this company. The lack of communications is what is causing the employees to leave.


  11. "Decent company just need more innovative directions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone there was very professional and helpful. The team worked togehter and the work environment was very friendly. It was nice working there.

    Cons

    It was terrible that the upper management couldn't pull it together and decided to cut cost by outsourcing almost entirely and laid off most of the employees

    Advice to Management

    Upper managment should focus on being innovative and try to insource operations, it's a good comany, just need strong and bright leadership


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