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  1. "Application Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Berkeley Process Control full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart, hard-working, and fun people.

    Cons

    Limited product portfolio available to customers.

    Advice to Management

    create tiered product lines, low/med/high end


  2. "Great Ideas Flawed Implementation"

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Berkeley Process Control (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I was there when Berkeley tried to force on-line touchscreen programming onto the machine design marketplace with their state of the art industry leading multi-axis BAM controller technology paired with an innovative software implementation concept developed by some of the brightest people I've worked with--unfortunately the market wasn't ready then nor now to program their machines on-line at the machine during the design and build phase"--too radical for traditional minded controls engineers to embrace taking them too far out of their comfort zone leaving them feeling exposed and vulnerable. which totally caught Berkeley management off guard.

    Cons

    Despite having some of the industry's brightest talent--from top management to the product designers and programmers, all of whom unfortunately held fast to the founders belief that their "better way" would prevail despite plenty of customer feedback and market resistance. This was a classic case of the emperor having no clothes with no one willing to tell the man at the top that off line programming was too entrenched and simulation software is the way of the future. Consequently the changes needed didn't happen, and the company never achieved its potential and was ultimately sold for a fraction of it's promise, with minor elements of their core technology later absorbed into small niche products by the new owners at Moog.

    Advice to Management

    Those who don't listen to customers are doomed as the dinosaurs. Even if they're not as bright as you, they're ultimately the ones who decide what products thrive and whatever changes are needed to survive.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The job was fair, but i never received my stock in the company."

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    Former Employee - Cable Technician and Shipping and Receiving in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Cable Technician and Shipping and Receiving in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Berkeley Process Control full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned mechanical technology and electrical technology.

    Cons

    I,d like management to be more morale and ethical.


  4. "Great Run while it lasted"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Ability to work hands on in a number of areas
    - The entire operation engineering, sales, manufacturing was concentrated at one site
    -Exposure to wide range of customers in different industries from converting, to nuclear power to semiconductor manufacturing.
    - Ideas could be easily shared with management chain

    Cons

    -Product line ultimately became a bit too limited to maintain competitive position as an independent company
    -Business was highly cyclical - closely tied to manufacturing related capital spending

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on developing a suite of standard mass market products vs. highly customized/niche solutons that marked the company's early development


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great products and tons of potential if the president is willing to understand the issues....."

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    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Software Development Engineer in Richmond, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Interesting projects to work on. The people are great except for a few people in power.

    Cons

    There are many downsides. The biggest downside: The president/founder of the company has insecurity issues. He does not trust his employees. Moral is low. Environment is gloomy. There are several people that started working there and quit within a month or so.

    Advice to Management

    After 25 years, you need to look at what is wrong with the company. Maybe time to meet with the Velocity 11 folks to get some pointers.