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Corsair Reviews

Updated April 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Corsair makes great products, and most of the people who work there are very passionate about their jobs and what they do" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Then finally the growth business (Peripherals) with high growth, high potential, heavy R&D and lots of Marketing" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "The amount of drama and office politics you’ll have to deal with will drive you mad" (in 3 reviews)

  • "CEO and COO create the negative culture" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great organization to work with"

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    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 a year)

    Pros

    Great Management team, friendly co-workers, ease in inter-department collaboration

    Cons

    None that comes to my mind


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Incompetent management, toxic working environment."

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    Current Employee - N/A
    Current Employee - N/A
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corsair (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pros? Hm... Does free parking count?

    Cons

    1. Incompetent management from mid to top levels.
    2. Toxic working environment, vicious cycles.
    3. It turns the best employees to brainless and voiceless robots.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the useless and one-sided quarterly performance review! Let all employees do cross-examine anonymous reviews for their superiors.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "YOU DESERVE BETTER"

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

    I worked at Corsair full-time

    Pros

    Location is close to freeway and you have the ability to take meetings by phone or skype.

    Cons

    Misogynistic Upper Management Culture!
    A "boy's club" as some previously described it does not do the culture justice. My time at Corsair included harassment from DIRECTOR LEVEL employees, this harassment includes:

    - comments about body, outfit or appearance during company meetings
    -a comment made to me about being in a sexual position by someone I directly reported to
    -Male counterparts making double my salary for equal or less work
    - being asked who I would date at a table full of male colleagues

    Hard work is not recognized or rewarded.
    I was promised a promotion for all my "additional hours and hard work". Needless to say it never happen.

    Lack of ownership from many employees.

    If you need a list of more cons, perhaps Corsair is the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    If you work at Corsair due to your friendship to the CEO (multiple directors) or for you who mindlessly follow the direction of the COO, I urge you to value your employees and treat them respectfully. Corsair is full of smart and talented employees. They are frustrated with how little their voices are heard or valued. Stop taking credit for their work and let them shine.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "WARNING: EXTREMELY TOXIC WORK ENVIRONMENT"

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

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

    Pros

    - Opportunity to attend gaming events
    - Meet and connect with interesting partners
    - Acquired Elgato, which to be fair was successful on its own

    Cons

    - Every waking minute here is ‘crunch time’ that is directly caused by management’s incompetence. Yes, you’ll take the fall for someone else’s irresponsibility, you’ll work yourself into the ground, even be expected to be available on weekends, for what? Absolutely nothing. There is no reward.

    -The culture here is a warzone. It’s heavily cliquey/fratty and based on favoritism. The amount of drama and office politics you’ll have to deal with will drive you mad.

    -Your opinion and feedback doesn’t matter. There’s only a few up top, who are painfully disconnected from the industry, that get to make the decisions and everyone has to suffer from it. There is a massive lack of passion and willing to collaborate here.

    Advice to Management

    Scrub out the lackluster, incompetent people and provide a platform for the good ones who are repressed from voicing their issues.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Really bad demoralizing place to work!!"

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

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

    Pros

    People are generally nice and hardworking

    Cons

    backstabbing culture. Only a few get ahead that are the Management favorites. CEO and COO create the negative culture. Don’t come to work here!

    Advice to Management

    There is none


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Thankless work with constant micromanagement"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with the gaming community is fantastic because gamers are passionate about their lifestyle. At Corsair you get to help gamers with great products.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what its doing. They seem to change their mind every other day. There is no strategic direction or vision behind the company. Its just churn and burn on one product launch after the next. The cycle of rinse and repeat becomes very boring. Lack of leadership from top and tons of CEO friends in key positions creates a back stabbing like culture. So much office politics.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Be cautious of falling down the rabbit hole"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gaming industry, growth period, diverse product lines, global business

    Cons

    Constant frat culture, feels like a start up environment

    Advice to Management

    While bottom lines are important in ensuring the longevity of a company, I would also strongly argue that employee/experience retention is just as important. Imagine how much better your growth could have been if you were able to retain employees for >1-2 yrs and did not have remaining staff constantly training new employees? There's something to be said for a company's efficiency if they are able to maintain a high average employee tenure.

    While this organization may seemingly appreciate their hard working employees, it comes at a great cost to said employee(s). Work/life balance here is pretty much non-existent unless you are one of those folks who is able to skate through life by putting in minimal effort. You can work your bum off all for the added benefit of... you guessed it, more work, more hours, and basically more stress. It's a horrible slippery slope. I'd like to say that HR is aware, but let's be honest. As a previous review pointed out, it's highly encouraged for management to NOT give their employees a 5 for various reasons (just not "possible," most people by default to exist around "average," etc.).

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Great people but No work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corsair full-time

    Pros

    Really great people work there.

    Cons

    Expectation is to work every waking hour and not have any other life outside work.

    Advice to Management

    set expectations up front so people know what they are getting themselves into.


  9. Helpful (12)

    "Bad management, High TurnOver, Cann't keep talented and young fresh blood"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Corsair full-time

    Pros

    Nice office with good facility . offers bonus.

    Cons

    High turnover. Most talented people left. Too much politics. The people who stay are either people with no qualifications that they cannot find a job elsewhere (e.g. no degrees, no skills, no professionalism, unable to learn new things), or people who are upper management's favorite (people who are good at talking nice words to their bosses). If you are really an intelligent and smart people, this is not the place, because most likely your boss is somebody who knows nothing, but really good at flattering upper management and dumping work to the team. Your had work will not get appreciated. People who get promoted do not show the qualifications or skills in the field. They get promoted simply because their boss like them.

    Advice to Management

    Reorganize and replace the talent pools for some first level, middle level and upper management people.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "A mixed bag if you are a top player"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some good people within the ranks at Corsair, and the CEO / COO have grand aspirations. It still feels like a small company, and therefore everyone has an opportunity to make a difference if they are hard charging and want to take on more responsibility.

    The new facility is pretty nice and has lots of lunch options nearby.

    Cons

    Overall there are some good employees at Corsair, but the rank and file are a somewhat odd group who either couldn't make it at the major firms in the Valley or never could. Worse still, the upper management keeps a lid on the grade of employee by "promoting from within" and not paying scale after promotion. These reduced salaries that they claim are "scale" to the rest of the Valley are accomplished by comparing salaries to only the Taiwanese chip manufacturers like MSI or Gigabyte, not Apple, HP or Google, etc.

    So be prepared for heavy resistance to your salary ask if you are an A or B player. They will NOT increase your current salary in order to bring over superstars from the competition. If your current salary is commensurate with current rates, they may require that you furnish them with an offer letter from your PREVIOUS employer to prove your compensation level.

    Advice to Management

    The middle management layer is still a mess. Have the courage to hire directors/sr. directors that are competent enough that you can trust them to own their divisions without having to be micromanaged.