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"another chaotic high-tech company in silicon valley..."

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Foster City, CA
No opinion of CEO

Pros

EFI has a nice location. They offer competiive salary and pay. Hours are typically flexible in most groups which help balance a busy life with work.

When joining EFI, it seemed like a stable envirnment, however, (as my downsides comment below will elaborate), that has changed...

Cons

The overall work environment is extremely chaotic. People work all sorts of hours depending on the job. The direction is lacking, and employees cannot feel that targets/dates are serious.

Top level decisions change way too much...

Advice to Management

Senior Management should come up with processes to develop and streamline decisions. in addition, all organization leaders (i.e. engineering, marketing, etc...) should have full agreement on delivery requirements prior to initiating a project.

Do not over commit to product deliveries as having too many projects that do not stick causes low morale.

Other Employee Reviews for EFI

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Incompetent middle-management is destroying the company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Technical in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits, some flexibility in work schedule

    Cons

    Morale is at an all-time low due to all the random layoffs. No job security. Very few strong leaders in the company. No stability with all the changes in the company. Middle-management abuses their power. Almost no training. They claim to have tuition reimursement, but I've never seen anyone be reimbursed for classes taken. Consultants are extremely overworked. Lots of employees are looking for new employment.

    Advice to Management

    You need to TALK and LISTEN to the employees about what is going on. Middle management is extremely poor! Promotions are based on how much brown-nosing you do and not your skill level. Credit is not given for hard work due to "personal opinions" of middle-managment, opinions that should not hold any validity due to the fact employees should be evaluated on their skill level and commitment to the company, not because management "doesn't like them". Most middle-management do not know the products they manage. There is much workplace bullying, favortism and unfair practices going on that everyone seems to turn a blind eye to. With all the layoffs going on, more and more current employees are seeing decisions are being made by favoritism. Senority or skill level doesn't seem to matter.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "decent workplace despite recent company hardships (layoffs, economy)"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good health benefits ( vision, dental, health, 401k ) , generally great people , smart / helpful engineers and managers , management tries it's best to be transparent , Guy ( the CEO ) stresses this often . free soda and coffee . bagels every last Friday of the month =)

    Cons

    lean IT staff , difficult to get new computer equipment , work doesn't seem very fast-paced , several recent layoffs or people moving on by choice have decreased morale among employees . difficulty in forecasting our business makes for some surprises during earnings reporting season ( see Oct 07 and Jan 08 )

    Advice to Management

    give engineers what they need to do their jobs (ie. everyone should at least have a decent computer and dual monitors - the one-time cost is worth it)

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