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Cobra Electronics Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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  1. "Great Place to Work on The West Side of Chicago"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cobra Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cobra provided the opportunity to work with and support some of the largest retail clients in the world, while at the same time as working in a family type atmosphere. Hard work resulted in career advancement and opportunities. Many fantastic and hard working people remain at the company.

    Cons

    I left the company as the result of an acquisition by another company. Therefore, I really can't give meaningful or helpful counsel about areas which may be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Please keep recognizing and rewarding the people that make the magic happen at Cobra Electronics. Keep those innovative and exciting products coming to market. Do these two things and the company will live for another 50 years!


  2. "Very Racist worst Company I have temped for"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Accounting Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Accounting Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cobra Electronics as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The fact that it was in Chicago and transportation was readily available.

    Cons

    Condensing attitudes b/c of their racist point of view, They didn't like temps but they need like crazy. They are so so far behind it is not funny. The team lead is so mean and has her favorite people she likes and dislikes.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't like temps for whatever reason stay up on your work and don't feel that someone is trying to take your. They need to write policies instead of training on the fly. Get your pricing together. Most of treat others as you would want to be treated.


  3. "Cobra Electronics Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cobra Electronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    #1 Jim Bazet is not CEO! Thank God! New company Monomoy owns us now.

    Good people to work with. Easy work/life balance. PTO hourly vacation time that replenishes as you work (added 2.31 hours per week).

    Cons

    Too many to list but here are top 3:
         -Not a public company anymore
         -Very slow or even non-existent growth
         -New holding company Monomoy took over Cobra. Their changes are still in the works. They will only hold us for a min. 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    I guess we'll have to see what they do with Cobra now. but definitely figure out who are the good employees at Cobra and get to know them. Offer them a reason to stay because right now everyone wants to get a new job.


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  5. "Great place to work, needs a solid vision"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great coworkers.
    Great location.
    Good compensation and benefits.
    Solid encouragement of personal and professional growth.

    Cons

    Company has a lack of vision. Stuck in a rut.

    Advice to Management

    Culture has changed. Time to revisit what was done right in the past that engendered the long term employees. Have a vision and really communicate that to the employees.


  6. "Disappointing corporate culture, lack of professional growth opportunities."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers are friendly. Cobra maintains a professional work environment. There is good communication between management and employees.

    Cons

    The employee contribution to health benefits is expensive. There are little to no advancement opportunities, and little to no recognition for achievements. Employee development is poor.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and acknowledge employee achievements and take an active role in professional development of the employees.


  7. "Hard to trust their numbers."

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The HR department as well as the administrative staff are nice people.

    Cons

    They spend 1/2 of the year making money and 1/2 of of it loosing. The physical work place is old and dusty looking. People in finance are workaholics, not because they want to, but because of they have to spend time organizing reports from decentralized systems.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.


  8. "** No Future **"

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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 Cobra Electronics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the positive aspects of working here were most of the employees were very nice and great to work with but there were a few rotten apples as is true with any company, the compensation and benefits were good.

    Cons

    Some of the negatives include:
    - Outdated HR policies: i.e. earned vacation time of 2.31 hours per week versus starting out with 15 days like most forward thinking companies, inflexible work schedule with no remote work solution for emergencies.
    - Company has lacked senior technical leadership for 2-3 years. There is no technical strategy to platform products and as a result products within each category are incompatible with each other. No technical strategy to update existing products to match or exceed competitors which results in inferior products.
    - No product/marketing portfolio vision: They rely on gimmicky gadgets like key chain locators, portable bluetooth speakers, and cigarette lighter adapters which don't sell. The core product categories are in a state of decline with no new categories to sustain or propel the company into the future. Products lack well defined marketing requirements.
    - Company lacks a quality initiative, quality processes, and quality awareness internally and with third party vendors. As a result product quality is very low. Just read consumer reviews as proof.

    Company is behind the times and unable to keep pace with fast changing electronics business. Their competitors do it better in every way. No future here for job growth or job security.

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking like other progressive companies. Consider a remote work option when necessary (illness, weather, family issues), update your HR policies for the 2000's, put a company quality initiative in place, improve and document processes.