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Fremont, CA

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Pros
  • Lots of good people in management who want the company to succeed and dedicate tons of their personal time to that effort (in 4 reviews)

  • The new facility is pretty nice and has lots of lunch options nearby (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • We've been losing good employees through questionable reorganizations or because they've simply grown frustrated with upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • Working at corsair I wore many hats but was never acknowledged for all my hard work (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance, I see a lot of people getting promoted

    Cons

    long hours are sometimes required


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Pass the sniff test?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a gamer/enthusiast you will find lots of people who share your interest.

    Cons

    Poor management. Encouraging fake reviews here doesn't help, either.

  3. Helpful (12)

    "No oversight"

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    Former Employee - Finance Professional in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Finance Professional in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Corsair (More than a year)

    Pros

    No way this company has pros

    Cons

    The finance team which is supposed to be accurate has no oversight.

    Since there was lack of oversight the entire department suffered.

    Some people liked to just have a job and stay there.

    But the people with sense left already.

    The pay was really bad and management dumps more work on you without giving a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the entire finance team and start over


  4. Helpful (23)

    "You know it's Bad when HR post fake reviews"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the people here are very bright and very hard working. They're willing to put in 10-12 hour days and additional time at home. They are dedicated to their work and their craft. However, the company often are oblivious to these people, the only one that gets any praises are raises are the ones who have play the kiss up game or the toot their own horn game and it works! Thus in the end, the higher up you move, the less and less competent and more about rash decisions and shifting of blame.

    The good stuff:

    - If you work here for 5 years, you'll get a lovely COASTER! (I'm not even kidding)
    - Stay here 8 years and you'll get a jacket! WOO HOO!
    - Work here 10 years and you'll be able to look back fondly to a time when you were happy - in the very distance past

    Advice: If you work here, stay AWAY from busses, someone is bound to throw you in front of one!

    Cons

    You know a company's culture is in trouble when HR resort to writing fake reviews on glassdoor, it's so obvious and their praises are always the same. If anything, this type of stuff should be a bigger red flags than the employee's reviews.

    If you want to put in lonnnnnng hours, relatively low pay, little to no appreciation and having to constantly watch your back, you'll love it here.

    Around product launch time, big trade events (Computex, PAX etc), end of the quarter and end of the year, not only are your weeks longer, your weekend gets cut down to 1 day as you'll come to find M-F just isn't enough for Corsair.

    After all the hard work you put in, when the company have their annual review, they will ask you to rank yourself from 1-5 (5 being the highest) and then tell you NOT put 5 for anything, because 5 is IMPOSSIBLE to achieve! If your manager ranks you as a 5, they will ask your manager to reevaluate or if they're "sure" they want to rank you as a 5.

    You will finally get your annual raise, most likely between 1-4%, keeping up with inflation is a 50/50 there.

    If you're fed up, you will finally leave and find another job that will most likely pay you 50-100% more than what you made at Corsair with much less demand on your time and stress.

    Advice to Management

    I learned a new term "Retired In Place" (R.I.P). This applies mostly to the senior and upper management. They're out of date and out of touch. They will just come to work, make some decision out of nowhere that makes no sense and disappear. Once the decision turns out to be horrible, the blame game begins and usually whoever is lowest on the prefer list will end up with the blame. Rise and repeat is the name of the game.

    I would suggest that Corsair take a close look and identify who these people are, but unfortunately the people with the ability to do so are also some of those people who are retired in place.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "new building improvements"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corsair full-time

    Pros

    We moved to a new building a little more than a year ago, which is nice, and there are new tables in the cafeteria and some conference rooms. There are some really great, hard-working people who care about the products. And, the products they make are very good.

    Cons

    The CEO and COO can't properly delegate, and capriciously change focus week to week. We have middle managers who talk when they should be listening, and who play their employees against each other with brutal precision. We've been losing good employees through questionable reorganizations or because they've simply grown frustrated with upper management. Favoritism runs rampant. Salaries are not competitive, there are no equity programs that I am aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the decisions you make more carefully. Show employees that you value them. Give me a reason to admire and respect you more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, Bright Future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Firstly, I love the people. From the CEO on down the people are really good. Sr Mgt is very approachable, which is different than many companies of this size where the leaders tend to isolate themselves from the rank and file.
    -There isn't a lot of bureaucracy, If a decision needs to get made, it gets made without all of the back and forth between stakeholders. I value the fact that I don't need to check with my boss on every decision. I feel empowered to "own" my job and also feel supported by my boss if things don't happen exactly as planned.
    -Portfolio of businesses, What sold me on joining corsair was the 3 different businesses (Memory, Components and Gaming Peripherals). There's a little bit of everything... The commodity business (Memory) with low growth and low margin. The cash cow (Components) with a fair amount of innovation. Then finally the growth business (Peripherals) with high growth, high potential, heavy R&D and lots of Marketing. I think this is a distinct strategic advantage!
    -excellent benefits package as well as profit sharing and bonus (at upper levels)

    Cons

    There is an really tight control over expenses. 99% of the time this is not an issue however there are situations where we take this too far.

    Advice to Management

    Stay approachable as the company grows. Its important that people feel comfortable coming to you with issues, which becomes harder as the company grows larger and more complex.


  7. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Corsair makes great products, and most of the people who work there are very passionate about their jobs and what they do. Many of the employees are great friends. There is a gym, a yoga room and the building is top notch. Work life balance is what you make it. I have enjoyed working here and would recommend it.

    Cons

    too many meetings keep certain departments tied up and unavailable.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Challenging, inequality among employees but met some nice people"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at Corsair close to 3 years and the beginning was definitely better. Sales dept had better management. I met some really friendly people and the health benefits are decent. I learned a lot from some pretty intelligent folks. Overall atmosphere of upper management is supportive but not cohesive.
    Owner Andy Paul is a pretty nice man, very busy but does take time to interact with his employees.

    Cons

    I agree with previous reviews that morale is WAY down now. I left due to not enough growth and not enough support from manager/supervisor. There's also some inequality among employees. With one employee being allowed to work 'off-site' in another state, allowed the same salary and benefits while the rest of the sales team has to work on site. Even after someone requests to be allowed to work from home at least one day a week (to be able to be with family), requests are denied. So be prepared to experience some of this unfairness/inequality among your coworkers. I'm sure this is part of the reason why morale is so low. In my 3 years there I did witness a high turnover rate which is also not a good sign. There's also too many changes without any progress. New procedures go through an adjustment period but before finishing one thing, they change the whole process, making an already challenging situation more difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL your employees equally. It looks really bad on management when you give preference to only a 'selected' few and tell the rest of your employees they need to follow company policies and procedures. Everyone is watching this unfairness and is only adding to the very low morale around the workplace. Like previous reviews say, take care of your people.


  9. "Hit and Miss with Corsair.. but my experience was good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart people, and nice location, these are some the things I think about when I think of Corsair. Despite all the negative comments my almost 2 years there was a great learning experience for me. What I really miss the most is the people, everyone was friendly and open to communication from my experience. Upper management has its good and not so good people (just like any other company). Andy Paul is a nice guy, he's just so busy he does not have time to stop and chit chat with you but when you have him alone he really does take the time to talk to you and so does Thi La.

    Cons

    The only reason I left was compensation and growth, I was looking for more in my career and hit a stand still. It would have been nice to be paid market or what I was really worth because I worked hard and helped developed ideas/processes when I was there. Word of the wise please show your employees appreciation and they will show it back. Morale is down and I think its time to build it back up!

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and they will take care of you!


  10. Helpful (8)

    "All these 1-Star Reviews"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro I can think of is if you put yourself out there, you can get to know some pretty cool people. However, lately in 2015 all I've been hearing is, "damn, another good one gone" because all the good people know their worth. They know that they deserve better than Corsair and they have all really found MUCH better and are a lot happier now.

    It is also a pro on the occasion that we actually DO get profit share for that quarter. Since our raises are a joke, every little bit matters. We have an employee discount on our products. Though it seems the % keeps dropping over the years, 50% --> 40% --> 30%. Oh, they also reduced the cost of the food in our vending machines recently. No, we're not like other companies, we don't have free snacks or drinks. snacks used to be $1.50+ and drinks were $3+ for a normal dasani bottle water or soda.

    If you like to walk, we are next to a nice creek path. You can see squirrels, geese, etc.

    Cons

    Office politics, lots of it. If you like to play the blame game, this is the place to be. I do agree that a lot of the directors are old and incompetent. They make split second decisions and do not consult others, resulting in dumb releases that are not popular with the public. There is no growth, your ideas do not matter. Would you want to work your butt off only to find out your yearly raise feels like pocket change? Sure getting a promotion is an excuse to give you a raise, but those will only be allowed if the opening/need arises. The company is doing too poorly to do anything for you.

    You should already be warned when you see so many one star reviews for this company, you can assume that the 5 star reviews are created by HR. Before I started, I asked in my interviewer why Corsair had so many bad reviews. Their natural response, "well, you know, there will always be disgruntled employees in every company" When I took this job, it was at a pay cut and I had other options. The only thing I had hope for was because they spent an hour trying to convince me of my potential for growth, so I felt that -i- was actually of value, so I gave it a chance. I did tasks out of my responsibilities and worked 10 hour days only to hear at my exit interview "well, that was unfortunate"

    Advice to Management

    If you want to treat good people like they are disposable, then all you will be left with is a pile of trash. You should take a hard look at what people are really saying and not discredit or disregard it to "go back to business as usual" or you will never progress as a company.


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