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CalAmp Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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Pros
  • It offers flexible working schedule to achieve good work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • The working environment is pleasant and friendly (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "No culture"

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

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

    Pros

    If you are trying even half way you should be fine in your job. Executives micromanage so much they can't keep track of what is actual happening with the big picture. If you are looking here, don't be fooled by all the high reviews from the past few months. There was an office furniture giveaway for anyone who wrote a review and told HR that they wrote a review. Ingenious way to raise the ratings. Pretty sneaky way to do it if you ask me.

    Cons

    Somehow the executive team seems to both micromanage and also not really tell the underlings what is happening. If you interview here ask everyone how frequently they hear from the CEO. If they say anything besides
    never" they are lying to you. Everyone asks and everyone get;s the same answer: "he is too busy to tell the employees what is happening". that trickles down throughout the ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Empower and inform the people you hire.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good working enviroment and pay is ok

    Cons

    What is management ? Who know?

  3. "Good company that changes with time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CalAmp full-time

    Pros

    Nice location in Ventura county.

    Cons

    The communication in some areas are very poor. For example what is the company's goal.

    Advice to Management

    Top level executives need to communicate among the teams and downward.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Consequences, collateral damage and fallout from Lojack acquisition and lack of clear Vision"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good salary-mediocre benefits. Company does run lean so lots of responsibility and challenges to keep you engaged.

    Cons

    Poor communication and vision from the top down. SR management does not have their finger on the pulse. 1 Step forward, 2 steps back. Consistently late to market with new products and services. Inability to properly service Enterprise level customers. Operating in a time of uncertainty with constant downsizing, reorg's and lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    CalAmp lives in a demand creation environment, yet they operate like they are in a demand fulfillment model. Without proper tracking and metrics, management is ill informed as to what is going on in the funnel. Over the past 24 months, the level of expertise that has either left, been laid of or is there but not motivated should be addressed. As a shareholder I am pulling for CalAmp however I think there are some serious growing pains looming on the horizon


  5. "Company wreck!"

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

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

    Pros

    - Descent benefits
    - Newer HR department making positive changes
    - Strong in the market place

    Cons

    - Hostile work environment
    - Small elite of senile Sr. Executives reaping all the benefits while everything else works super hard
    - Lack of leadership and clear communication from the CEO
    - Small budgets for some of the teams
    - Disjointed and poorly run offices
    - Boring workplace with many remote managers and executives disconnected from the day to day

    Advice to Management

    - Revamp your executive team completely starting with the CEO
    - Establish clear communication between offices
    - Make it fun for people
    - Remove work place hostilities
    - Esrablish a real culture


  6. Helpful (1)

    "CalAmp - Honest Review"

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    Former Employee - Enterprise Solutions Sales Director in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Enterprise Solutions Sales Director in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong manufacturing product line. Well respected hardware manufacturer. Great Technical Sales Support Team.

    Cons

    SaaS side of the business was not well funded/managed resulting in substandard products in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Reinvest in the SaaS and PaaS product lines and streamline the sales organization.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Going from bad to worse"

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    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are very good. For those who benefit from stock participation, that is a nice benefiit

    Cons

    Lack of a clear focus. No communication from upper management to keep troops on the right path. No one actually seems to know what the path is. Products that generate large amounts of revenue are being left to die with no investment in them to keep them competitive. With Verizon buying up all the competing software companies in the AVL space, CalAmp is going to be less and less of a player, thanks to poor decisions by management. Off-shoring software development to India is only making the problem worse.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to your employees. Provide clear direction company wide and review it quarterly to make sure everyone gets the message. Invest in the products that can truly impact your bottom line.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Still a Hardware Company"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CalAmp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are still some good people left after the post acquisition culling. New HR VP is working on making it a better place to work by humanizing the company.

    Cons

    Still has the hardware company mentality. Does not understand or appreciate the value and difficulty with software development. Remote senior management is unaware seems to be able to both micro manage and be uncommunicative. Strong inter-location rivalries exist with back stabbing and drama beyond what should be expected in a professional company. Little or no chance for career development or advancement -- nobody gets promoted or even recognized for excellent work. Message from management is "We suck, and it's all your fault."

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people to know what they are doing. Don't rely on hearsay for gaining an impression of what employees are actually doing.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Former employee"

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

    I worked at CalAmp full-time

    Pros

    Great group of employees. Everyone is hardworking and committed to their job

    Cons

    Like many public companies, it is profit driven. Continues to ship more and more of the work overseas to increase margins. Little effort is put into growing the people.

    Advice to Management

    Commit to the community you are a part of. Hundreds of jobs have been lost in an effort to achieve higher profits. Shed yourselves of your sweatshop mentality and grow something that matters.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Calamp Corp Review"

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    Former Employee - Revenue Manager in Herndon, VA
    Former Employee - Revenue Manager in Herndon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere and constantly changing environment.

    Cons

    Poor communication between management and staff,

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved.


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