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  • work life balance is not considered (in 37 reviews)

  • Sometimes upper management can have this "I know it all mentality" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Communication lags"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SMT Machine Programmer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - SMT Machine Programmer in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you are looking for good benefit, Flextronics does provide good health, stock option, and 401k with 100% matching plan.

    Cons

    Flextronics have poor communication bettween management level and different teams. Lets say there are some issue on production floor, it would take the manager atleast a day later to get notify from the floor supervisor. Another problem, unless your working in the office. If you are on the floor, you'll be working on one of their 2 shifts. 5am to 1.30pm or 1.30pm to 11pm. I happen to be in the 5am shift, there are no way around, programmer have to stay whenever machine operate for support as need.

    Advice to Management

    Really have to work on the communication bettween management level and different teams.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to find a strong career growth track here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relative to other large public companies, there is a good level of flexibility (systems, approvals, etc) to allow people to get their job done. Collaboration among team members is also healthy.

    Cons

    I see too much dead weight (employees not adding enough value to company) which is tolerated and allowed to continue. At the same time high performers are not rewarded enough. Generally a much better results-based performance system is needed within the company.

    Advice to Management

    After new strategic processes / systems are 'deployed', ensure they are actually implemented and maintained (as intended), by holding management in the GM / VP range accountable.

  3. "Company is about to implode - losing customers everyday"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nothing good about the company

    Cons

    Nothing postive to say, lousy pay, absolute careless about the customer..reasons for buying are we are Flextronics so you have to buy from us. Operations only focused on bottom line - no respect for sales

    Advice to Management

    See the whole company to Foxconn how can you survive at $2 a share


  4. "Competent, cost cutting machine. Not much support for employees"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flex senior management has a good feel for business conditions and is relatively proactive in responding to market opportunities. Good at cutting costs to the bone (and sometimes beyond). Conservative financial management. Will be a survivor in the current economic climate.

    Cons

    Communication below VP level is spotty, and the reasons for decisions are not well explained. Decisions sometimes appear to be arbitrary and not thought through. Very little input is requested from lower levels, nor used if it is provided. Way too many VP "cooks in the kitchen", and the organization routinely leaves conflicts between regions, business units, functional organizations, etc. ambiguous and unresolved. Getting a decision seems to have more to do with the force of the personalities involved rather than strong overall direction from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people actually live and follow the culture that is being preached. State which side of your matrix organization is the "strong side", and ensure it can resolve conflicts. Do more to ensure that communication is complete and effective all of the way down the management chain.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Service and troubleshoot the devices of Verizon Wireless Customers"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Technician
    Current Employee - Customer Service Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -The opportunities for Career Growth
    -Employees have the potential to make quick advancements in the company
    -The nature of the business offers Job Security to everyone involved

    Cons

    - The amount of pay is not equal to the amount of responsibilities required from technicians
    - Stressful
    - Extremely fast paced and demanding retail environment
    - Unreasonable sales goals for technicians who never agreed to do sales upon offer of
      employment.
    - Constant changes in rules and regulations
    - Employees are held accountable for circumstances that are beyond their control. Ex: If a
      customer is unhappy with Verizon Wireless pricing, the technician is responsible for making the
      customer happy even though the technician has absolutely no authority or power to change
      Verizon Wireless pricing.

    Advice to Management

    - Stop holding technicians accountable for circumstances beyond their control
    - Be upfront about the requirements and responsibilities of the job during the interview stage and
      not after the employee is hired.
    - Technicians are not salespeople.


  6. "Sales & Business Dvp are not compensated for landing / awarded new business like other EMS companies."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Aggressiveness to grow revenue & new customers

    Cons

    lack of leadership direction on what types of business. Leadership is very narrow focused

    Advice to Management

    Look into a leadership growth programs. Flex is training good people who leave the company because of lack of growth / promotions. This hurts the company long term as competitors learn pricing, business & solution strategies


  7. "Troubleshoot cellphones while reaching daily sales quota."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They take good care of their employees when you're first hired, expences paid for, training for the first month. Several raises for the first year.

    Cons

    They will suck you in after your hire date with a promising location of satisfying range, once they have you they willl have you work at farther distances. Had no supportive senior management for leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Support your employees

  8. "Classic Contract Manufacturing Environment"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to a variaty of products. Good environment for a highly tactical person. Fairly easy to get a job there. If you are one that can shut-up and follow orders, you will do well here.

    Cons

    Management lacks depth of knowledge and does not demonstrate ability to strategize. Very reactive environment. Minimal focus on long term solutions. Highly political.

    Advice to Management

    Walk your talk when it comes to customer focus. Think more strategically and utilize more of the talent in the middle and lower ranks.


  9. "Okay in a downturn"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is not bad. Ability to work away from the office.

    Cons

    Politics. See a lot of people being hired as long as they are the same nationality of the hiring manager. Same for promotions. Seems like upper management doe not notice or does not care.

    Advice to Management

    For the development side of the business, more patience is required. Seems like you talk about Design, but mostly are interested in the CM business. Do something to shut down the cronyism. One business unit shuts down, the CEO moves to another business unit and starts hiring the same people back from the unit that failed.


  10. "Flextronics -Good Ole Boy network in North Carolina"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have contracts for customers with great technology. A good opportunity to design and implement processes to repair computer hardware.

    Cons

    The Morrisville site is like a prison. Operators practically must ask to go to the restroom. They have no since of professionalism. They don't recognize their employees for their contribution and dedication.

    Advice to Management

    Look at how you treat you team members. Reward your team members for contributions and stop giving the same people rewards for just being in the area.


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