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  1. "Work/life balance company - with unrealized potential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Eastern Labs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Owned by employees via ESOP plan. Good work/life balance culture with a family atmosphere. Cash compensation usually good since stock options or IPO not possible. Large facility in a great location with plenty of room. Some room for advancement as long as you can stay off the CEO's "naughty list."

    Cons

    Pretty much in a constant state of "reorganization", as many of the company's initiatives over the last few years have not been all that successful. Transition from a single source distributor has been rocky to say the least. Board of Directors and CEO still the same despite many years of limited success. CEO has a tendency to target people for termination (even if they have had tremendous success in prior years) and there is usually no way to change the inevitable.

    Advice to Management

    If there were some changes made to the Board, perhaps the Company's CEO would be held more accountable and the company would be more successful.


  2. "Difficult transition to a new reality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at California Eastern Labs (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relied work environment, not very demanding, good work like balance.
    CEL is a great place to cruise in awaiting retirement.
    Mostly nice people.

    Cons

    Lack of success out of distribution, no clear vision or path forward to a new business model while the distributions business phases out.
    So many initiatives with wishful thinking yet, no measurable successes.
    CEO promotes a culture of worship rather than initiative and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Hope is not a strategy... Accountability breeds success.


  3. "Still...it's a pretty good place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management is understanding about work-life balance and flexible about taking time off to address personal business. It is not a work-aholic company. People typically work reasonable hours. It's rare to find people working on nights or weekends.

    Cons

    Job security fears are still present after the layoff of 2008. People tend to be overly protective of their job duties and somewhat territorial.

    Advice to Management

    More resources put on Plus Products....they are the future of this company.


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    "CEL, a place to retire..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy job, relaxed work environment, lot's of freedom, nice coworkers...
    Definitely the place to retire or raise a family...
    If you are aggressive, motivated and want to make change happen, CEL is not the place for you.

    Cons

    The company does not decides of its destiny, but rather NEC Electronics does. The Japanese partner is disconnected from American business realities, whether it be best business practices, product roadmaps or customer needs. If it does not exist in Japan, it does not exist, period!

    CEL

    Advice to Management

    Understand what CEL does best and leverage this activity only.
    CEL never was and never will be a competent development/engineering center.
    Flatten the management team, focus on efficiency, execute!


  6. "Sales"

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

    I worked at California Eastern Labs full-time

    Pros

    CEL is a profitable company

    Cons

    weak management, clueless CEO, do not promote internally


  7. "Once a great company has dissolved into a puddle mediocrity."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Safe working environment.
    Great hours.
    Time to work out.

    Cons

    Analysis Paralysis
    Going nowhere for both good reasons and endless excuses.

    Advice to Management

    Admit failure, move on, bring in a fixer.