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Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "Its a good starting point..."

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

    I worked at Aechelon Technology full-time

    Pros

    They hire you out of college and give you a chance to learn.

    Cons

    Not too much room for promotions and they treat you like you're disposable.


  2. "Great entry level"

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    Former Employee - Junior 3D Modeler in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Junior 3D Modeler in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aechelon Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people. AMAZING benefits. Bonuses every quarter.

    Cons

    No advancement. Bonuses are performance based on how well your manager thinks you're doing. You work in a bubble. Severely lacking in the latest technology and you can't put anything into your portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Please make new employees feel more welcomed and apart of the team.

  3. "Oh Aechelon"

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Aechelon Technology (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good location (if you can afford on their wage).
    Good experience for noobs in the industry
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Lack of stability
    Horrible wage, quite underpaid for what you're accomplishing
    Bonuses are a joke if you're on contract with this company it will barely make up for the unpaid vacations and holidays.


  4. "Incredible Benefits"

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

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

    Pros

    The health insurance benefits are really good. Hourly pay is ok but benefits are insane.
    Fresh fruit put out everyday, coffee machines in lunchroom. They provide lunch or breakfast on Friday. Good social time.

    Scheduling. Regular 9-5 type hours. They have some scheduling flexibility. They never do overtime. Get regular breaks.

    Highly recommend if you need good medical benefits or a stable job post-graduation.

    Cons

    The work itself is boring. Be prepared to get into audiobooks and podcasts.
    Not holding this against the rating though.
    Some old reviews make the atmosphere sound crazy but it's just an office. People are usually quieter by desks but no one makes an issue out of conversations there. Lunchroom is fair game for being noisy. If it's not your first job it won't be a big deal.

    Everyone has long commutes because of rent prices. Some people even commute from Sacramento.

    Hard to see staying in the low-level jobs for years unless you really need the benefits.


  5. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - 3D Modeler
    Current Employee - 3D Modeler
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Dental, vision and health plan

    Cons

    Management is not good.
    Environment is not good. Management advice is to avoid conversation with co-workers during work hours.

    Advice to Management

    Please treat your employees like people and not like numbers on a spreadsheet.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Geospecific 3d Modeling Department; Excellent department, great team and place all around."

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    Current Employee - 3D Modeler in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Modeler in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aechelon Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great team members at all levels in the team structure. Supportive management structure, ready and willing to help.
    - Exciting environment with diverse work. Technical work that promotes strong personal growth and rapid development. You are going to grow and learn.
    - Opportunities for advancement and stability for those who want it and perform well as you would expect in a good company.
    - Great company to work for with unmatched benefits for all levels of employment. The company takes care of you in ways that most don't.
    - For those from 3d in the video game and film field, this department is a needed change and route from a unfortunately collapsing, under appreciated and unstable work in video game and film field.
    - Compensation is well above market at all levels of employment.
    - The work serves a much bigger and important purpose which makes it all the more satisfying.
    - Management is always looking to improve and shows it. Checks in with team and makes changes to continue to make the place better.

    Cons

    - Employment and contract opportunities don't always work out for everyone as seen from negative posts on here. However, for those though that work well and perform well, there are further and excellent opportunities.
    - Communication can always improve, but nothing beyond or out of scope of what you would expect at any good company.
    - Work is challenging and not suited for everyone. It is a production environment and 3d models have a time limit that can be challenging to meet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing and making changes for the better. The improvements that are consistently worked towards and being made are seen and appreciated. You are making and sustaining a great work environment by continuing these practices.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company with important product"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aechelon Technology full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Benefits are far above standard, 401k, Health, Dental, Vision, Life, Commuter, Vacation, Sick, Profit Sharing
    - Hard workers can expect advancement and compensation
    - New Offices, open, large break area, spots to relax and hangout
    - Product is important and can help save lives
    - Flexible schedule
    - Great work-life balance
    - Work subject matter is always changing to give new experiences
    - Very customer focused
    - Along with smaller get-togethers there is one large party a year and everyone is invited.

    Cons

    - Entry level employees feel unimportant
    - Rapid growing company has some growing pains, but they are on top of it
    - Communication isn't as good as it can be between departments
    - Crunch times can be busy and tiring
    - Initial training is hard but when you are done you have a good knowledge of what is expected/ needed

  8. "Geospecific"

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    Former Employee - 3D Modeler At Aechelon Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - 3D Modeler At Aechelon Technology in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The new office is nice.
    -The benefits are equal to that of most larger companies.
    -Time off is usually granted with little fuss with respect to time deadlines.
    -Close to public transit, bus service provided.

    Cons

    - Underpaid, for the technical knowledge needed. (competitors are 20% to 50% more in hourly wage base)
    -Management only interacts with team if something is wrong, will focus blame on specific individuals, even if they were told to do so by others above them.
    -Management will spend a considerable amount of time stopping production to complain about time management.
    -Due to poor time management and stress of being blamed the team is always stressed.
    -Leads/Seniors are forced to put in a considerable amount of unpaid overtime while Management will leave at a regular time.
    -A few times Management has created a stressful situation towards an individual publicly that resulted in others needing to step away from production.
    -Management ignores work hour limits of new temps, uses vague and strong language that leaves them scared to leave without putting in unpaid overtime.
    -Management is annoyed if approached with a question.
    -If a problem comes up it is more respectable to management to make up something that sounds correct then answer “I am unsure” or “I do not know”, When the made up solution does not work it is still your fault.
    -If you approach Management with concerns or suggestions it is usually followed with the answer “this is how things are.”
    -Management makes promises to change, however repeats statements above.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "3D Modeler"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Geo in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Geo in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Aechelon Technology (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are great that's mostly it.

    Cons

    Limited Modeling differentiation on the types of models.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "The most depressing job I've ever had."

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    Current Employee - 3D Production Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Production Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Aechelon Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company provides adequate training, and GT Production is not a difficult job. Temp employees can expect routine, and take zero responsibility for network mishaps.
    -Daytime hours from 8:00AM-6:00pm
    -Great work-life balance
    -Flexible scheduling makes this a great job for students
    -Good location in SoMA, and shuttle service is provided to and from Bart/Caltrain
    -New facilities in AirB&B building, bathrooms, large break rooms, large kitchen
    -Teaches great time-management skills on a 3D production pipeline
    -Employees work with interesting subject matters
    -Teaches valuable lessons in company hierarchy
    -Company offers generous health plan, even for "temps"
    -401K plan (company does not match, but it's good that they offer it)
    -Quarterly bonus (see cons)
    -We are permitted to listen to our own music / podcasts through our personal devices and headphones. Everyone does this. (See Cons)

    Cons

    Aechelon Technology is very good at deceiving employees to think that they are working for an important cause, with immediate disclosure of attractive benefits and modern facilities during interviews.
    Aechelon management likes to call their GT employees Contract Workers, which by law, is a false definition of “contract.” The management team uses Termination At Will to their hearts’ content, and does so frequently.
    The truth is, that there is little to no chance for “temps” to advance their career at Aechelon Technology. There are employees working here who have been for 3+ years who have never gotten a raise or any hope for being brought on “full time.”
    -Permanent Temps (internal team nickname) complete their work on a timely manner, and are told that their work meets requirements. The usual response during “contract renewals” is, “We haven’t heard anything bad about your work, so you must be doing a good job.”
    -For a company with no regard for autonomy, there is no set way the Leads are managing the Temps. Each lead has a different process, which is often conflicting with management’s vision for an assignment. If an assignment gets sent back down the pipeline for corrections, the temp is at fault.
    -Turnover is fast, and management would prefer to get rid of existing employees and waste time training new ones, rather than resolving issues or confusion with the team they already have.
    -Often, leads that are assigned to the terminated employee don’t find out that their employee is terminated until days later.
    -When employees are terminated, it happens in the middle of the workday, when everyone is present and afterward, there are no words spoken to the team. Morale is terrible here.
    -Beware asking for a raise. You may find yourself clearing off your desk in two weeks.
    -When employees have ideas for improvement and present them to management, those ideas are ignored. The usual responses are “That’s not how we do things, That’s not going to work, We have a process, and you are not permitted to deviate from it, Please refer to the (outdated) Documentation.”
    -If employees finish their assignment ahead of schedule, they are reprimanded, not rewarded. The overall team assumption is that management doesn’t want to find more work for their employees (do their job).
    -It is useless to go to HR to address concerns. Every other month there’s a new Head of HR. Then a few weeks later, an email will be issued to the team that said person is no longer with the company.
    -Extremely outdated proprietary software
    - The model palette is a mess. GT has to use very outdated models that need to be scaled triple the original size to fit in desired spot. The models are not relative to each other at all.
    -Temps are not trusted to make their own model palette based on the assignment needs.
    -Temps are not allowed to make product requests to the software or modeling department.
    -Temps are not allowed to customize their software to make for more efficient workflow
    -Temps are not allowed to request a second monitor, because “Only the leads get two monitors.”
    -GT is separated from the rest of the company, so no one knows what anyone else does.
    -Headphones are required at this job for sanity reasons. You will run out of music, you will run out of podcasts.
    The greatest illness of Aechelon Technology is the complete lack of communication, and the unhealthy company culture that teaches its employees that collaboration and discussion will get them fired.
    -Employees are not permitted to talk to one another during work hours. Talk is limited to breaks only, and the breaks are not defined by management. Most of us have similar educational backgrounds, and interests, but do not engage for fear of being terminated.
    -Employees are not permitted to choose their own seating arrangements.
    -If there is an issue between two employees, management will move assigned seats at a moment’s notice with no explanation.
    -Social or talkative people do not do well in the GT Department. They are usually only employed for a few months before they are let go.
    -Management handles reprimanding of talkative employees through passive aggressive email, usually not at the time of the offense. Management never talks to the employee directly about issues, which doesn’t help the employee learn boundaries, nor understand them.
    -Over time, the employees that aren’t terminated during contract renewals become self-silencing for fear of losing their job.
    The GT department is made up of the Head, Supervisors, Leads and Temps. There are a few employees in between the position of a Temp and a Lead. They are not responsible for managing other employees, and work on the same assignments as the Temps. They are called “Full Time” employees v. “Contract Employees,” which is falsely defined employment.
    -Full Time GT Production Assistants get benefits such as PTO and company stock. Their salary pay is also around double of what the “Temps” make hourly.
    -Aechelon has a Quarterly Bonus, which is often late.
    -There are huge differences in bonus pay from employee to employee.
    -The amount of money that a temp gets on the bonus is “Performance Based.” There is no instruction or indication anywhere of what that means, and no one in management will explain it.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management: Correct your middle managers or clean house. They are poisoning your company's culture.

    Middle Management: Good ideas don't only come from above. Listen to your employees, and somehow learn how to nurture their growth. Allow us autonomy. Learn how to communicate to employees directly. Learn how to work with us as individuals, because not one of us are coming in to work and trying to do a bad job.


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