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Updated November 15, 2017
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  1. "Experience of a lifetime"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Automation in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Automation in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Great location
    - You can create a path to success for yourself
    - You learn EVERYDAY something new, doors are wide open to be a part of Management

    Cons

    - Training could be better
    - There was a time when we had a team of people in the company that talked negative about everybody else, this created a depressive environment. Luckily those guys are gone

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to double check employee morale to find the outliers and take them out of the team before it takes a toll on everyone. Keep automating systems and integrating with other players like Azure, Google Cloud and AWS


  2. "The home of all of all San Diego's tech leaders."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - President in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - President in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CariNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to get hands on experience with Linux, Windows and all the latest cloud technologies. Larger more corporate companies will not give you the opportunities that CARI.net provides.

    A true entrepreneur environment. You will spend your days solving complicated problems for entrepreneurs. This is not an easy job, thus the reviews on Glassdoor. Which is a shake down by the way. Former employees of CARI.net have gone on to leadership roles at the following organizations:

    Facebook
    Zeeto
    Amazon
    UCSD

    You will work with a tight group of very smart people that solve complicated problems that empower people's lives.

    CARI.net is a work place focused on meaningful work and meaningful relationships.

    Cons

    Taking in all the information required to perform your job at CARI.net is challenging. You will be forced to evolve.

    Advice to Management

    Owner has a wealth of experience. Built company from nothing. Would like to see owner around more often.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Owner ruins this company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NOC Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - NOC Technician in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CariNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome co-workers
    Lots of exposure
    Free employee server
    Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Everything else...
    Underpaid
    Owner brings down employees and his own leaders
    No communication
    No training

    Advice to Management

    Get everything set straight to continue running this operation. Making people work like slaves and treating them terribly does nothing.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Management and Owner"

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

    Pros

    The staff is laid back at times and "suppose to train you" but do not want to so it is sink or swim

    Cons

    Sink or swim situation every time, be prepared to not get the schedule you want, they place you as they need you. Don't care for their employees at all and be little them.

    Advice to Management

    If you mention training curriculum actually do it, be more appreciative of employees if you want them to thrive more.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Pay is terrible"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CariNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Your schedule is set so easy to work life around

    Cons

    Pay is terrible for the work you do.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay for employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "No longer worth the trouble."

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

    Pros

    Fellow Employees were great.
    You actually had a chance to learn new skills.
    Free Employee server.
    Learn how Argentines speak Spanish.

    Cons

    Owner treats management poorly, and even the best managers end up passing it along.
    Actual literal nepotism, he makes sure his nephews get work there.
    Owner will take a 30 minute meeting and expand it into 3 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Either Joe needs to stop treating this like his personal piggy bank, or he needs to sell it to someone who actually cares.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stepping stone"

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

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

    Pros

    Good entry level job for the industry, exposure to a lot of different equipment, very intelligent and fun people (for the most part).

    It's fun to build a foundation for your future and help you experience the different areas of the field. Very talented people in DevOps. I learnt lots and had stayed only for the people.

    Cons

    Several limitations to do ANYTHING, rotational and dysfunctional upper organization, no real work towards bettering the employees. Expectations increase with no real training to back it up and the training in place is not good. Nobody is there to assist AJ with all he does. Management is lacking people and skills. Infrastructure needs updates.

    To expand on what other reviewers have mentioned about the owner... Joe McMillen is not a good person. This company exists only to fill his pockets and to give his nephews a good position at a company. His attitude and actions towards his employees involves being screamed at for 'wasting his dollars', butting heads about how things should run (ideas great 10 years ago) or not acknowledging your existence at all. He is very intelligent but a person who must display his power. He is the single biggest problem the company has holding it back and nobody should have to cater to him the way he makes people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire plenty of fresh blood who don't know any of the behind the scenes and teach them how to do things right from the start. Empower them to help with tasks that weigh higher ups down.

    For existing people: Save yourself. This ship is sinking.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Management Ever"

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

    I worked at CariNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Met some really good people who have become great friends. Opportunity to work with various linux flavors. Great exposure to entry level networking, and sys admin skills.

    If you're trying to break into the industry and absolutely desperate for a job, this place will probably hire you. You will have to put up with a lot of crap, but you will get to cut your teeth on entry level sys admin work which could help you get a much better paying job elsewhere. That is if you survive the poor management, and employee abuse that occurs. Management will break you down, and make you feel like you'll never do better than Cari.net They do not build you up, and help you grow. They tear you down, and make you dependent upon their crappy wage and lack of benefits.

    Cons

    Some of the WORST management I have EVER seen. The owner doesn't care about his employees, and by proxy doesn't care about his company (since your employees MAKE the company). They have been a "Start up" for like, 15 years. Give me a break. You're a "start up" because you lack vision, have no direction, and zero business sense. The owner should just sell the place to someone competent, or just give up. Its never going to take off, and I don't see how he is actually making money off the place.

    I forgot to mention -- you'll be an hourly employee, but they will treat you like a salaried employee. Over time without approval??--They'll never pay you for it. Lunch??--If you work through your lunch, they wont' pay you for that either. Tons of California labor law violations. I'm shocked no one has ever filed a complaint. I guess people are so happy to move on to something better, they don't care to take the time to complain.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real leadership and talent or get out of the industry. Places like Carinet are shameful.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great coworkers, horrible management."

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

    I worked at CariNet full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a wide variety of platforms, scripting/programming languages and get the knowledge needed to move on to a better, higher paying position. AJ and the Dev Ops team are extremely knowledgeable and want people to learn, but are hampered by management.

    Cons

    Knowledge is learned by taking on work that isn't part of your job title or description. Pay is too low for the field in this current era, CEO does *NOT* care about the company at all and should just let someone else run it. East Coast "President" is a huge hurdle to making good change in the company and is not even based in San Diego at this time. I understand working in the interest of the business, but they don't take employee compensation or opinion in to account and with how small the company is, that is ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Joe and Bryan need to go. Company needs to move on and get with the times. Datacenters are fine, software companies are pointless when we've already got the physical space and opportunity to be a great datacenter for the San Diego region. That advantage isn't taken and completely wasted. What kind of company of this size has the CEO and President absent for 99% of the time?


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good entry level position if you're not easily discouraged."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NOC Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - NOC Technician in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CariNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They offer lots of hands on experience. Most co-workers are helpful and knowledgeable. The Management staff is making an effort to provide better documentation through an internal wiki site.

    Cons

    The pay is not very competitive and they offer no benefits package. This place operates on a shoestring budget. Poor hours. Filthy work conditions. Disorganization among management team. Bickering and gossiping among employees is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    This place would be great if they hired some people with actual management experience. It needs someone to right the ship and unfortunately the anonymous CEO is not the leader for that role. Clean the place up, open up the check book and watch the productivity of your operation sky rocket.


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