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Foxconn San Jose Reviews

Updated February 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Get to learn a lot being a newly grad (in 11 reviews)

  • Good place to learn hands-on about manufacturing and consumer electronics (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Decent first job out of college if you're willing to deal with big-company bureaucracy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn hands-on about manufacturing and consumer electronics
    Plenty of opportunities for business travel (almost exclusively to China, see Con)
    Top CM in the world, good exposure to clients (Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, etc.) and building professional network

    Cons

    Big-company bureaucracy often counter-productive, wears out people
    Frequent travel to industrial cities in China not everyone's cup of tea
    Depends on business unit/team, compensation might fall below expectation

    Advice to Management

    Allow some flexibility in management so employees can be more productive
    Be more competitive in compensation to attract/retain more talents
    Improve the company culture so it's now always "customers first" (this burns out a lot of people)


  2. "SMT Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    easy work with easy rule ,new people keep coming

    Cons

    not much chance to learn ,old stye of management


  3. "Finance Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Supervisor in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Supervisor in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Foxconn full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. full function of manufacturing operation in Santa Clara

    Cons

    Oftentimes late night meetings with counterparts in Asia, which is 15 hours ahead of PST. need to stay up late.


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  5. "MATERIAL PLANNER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Planner in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Material Planner in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly working environment, everyone is nice include manager. It's a nice company for graduate students start as a first job to gain experience.

    Cons

    limited promotional opportunity and grow.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "U.S. Sweat shop"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Foxconn full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    For those who needs H-1B sponsorship will be glad to apply here, as the company will provide sponsorship. A great place to get on the job training and move on to a better paying company later on.

    Cons

    Okay let's break it down by department that way anyone that wishes to apply can get a good picture of what they are in for:
    1) HR department - very difficult to locate the manager in the morning.

    a. There is no privacy when talking to HR as everyone around the cubicles can hear your personal business.

    b. Expect everyone's starting time around 8:30 am - 7 pm. People usually takes 1.5 hours for lunch since no one is expected to leave earlier than 6:30 pm even when you finished your tasks on time.

    c. Very low salary, around 30 - 40 percent below market average.

    d. Turnover rate for this department is over 50% within one year.

    e. Doing endless excel reports that managers don't even care about.

    f. Outdated software, still not going paperless. When you go in for interview, you will noticed the endless filed cabinets of papers which in my opinion can be a fire hazard as it takes up space for emergency evacuation.

    G. If you do not speak Mandarin Chinese, you will be an outcast in this group.

    Testing Department
    Sweatshop - as you will work 6 days a week, and with the low wages they are offering they can afford to pay you overtime.

    Quality department
    You will either need to speak Vietnamese or Chinese to be able to clearly communicate to some of the test operator otherwise you will end up with many defective parts at the end.

    Procurement
    Uneven workload distribution, some will be able to leave on time while others handle double the workload compare to your co worker.

    IT department
    You are dealing with old system, and constant breaking down of software because Foxconn can not afford to purchase a legitimate software from another company. They hired some engineer in China to write most of the software, and you will need to troubleshoot with them late into the evening to fix various problems. Don't expect to leave before 7 pm everyday.

    Okay now onto my review for the work environment
    Here are the areas of improvement

    1) People are parking illegally behind the building, while facility simply draw a few white lines over the red ones to accommodate parking spaces.

    2) No elevator to the second floor, if you injured yourself on the job and can't walk up the stairs you will be out of luck. (Isn't this a disability violation?)

    3) There is no cafeteria. All you have are some Walmart table and chairs on the production line. Most people go out to lunch because they just feel too depress to stay there 9 hours straight.

    4) Fire hazard, there are so many cabinets around the hall way it makes it impossible to have two people walk pass each other in the hall way. It makes you wonder what happens in the event of a fire.

    5) No one on site have their own office, it means managers can hear you across the room while you are on the phone or speaking to one of your co worker.

    6) No designated smoking area, cigarette butts everywhere.

    7) Water filter was never replaced over two years, and I was surprised no one end up with heavy metal poisoning.

    Work Culture
    It is expected of you to work overtime without additional compensation. 9 - 10 hour days are normal.

    Salary compensation
    Lower than market average by 35-40 percent.

    Management
    Company profit first, and employee work/balance and wellness is last. They do not want anyone to voice their opinion or better ways to do things, just follow the same old method from 20 years ago.

    Safety
    Employees didn't received proper training for safety and no one is there to enforce safety regulations, as the company have many incidents where employees end up in emergency room.

    I will highly not recommend my friends for this company. You will guarantee to lose that friendship once your friend gets hired here and blame you for not warning them. If you are desperate and need to earn a paycheck, I would recommend go for Flextronics or other contract manufacturing company that pays higher salary for the same type of work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like human beings, and provide a decent salary to retain talent. This is not China, and that way of sweatshop management style will not work here.


  7. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Excellent job security. Good place to gain starting experience before moving to a better work place.

    Cons

    Extremely poor salary compensation with no no salary raises. Management is extremely disorganized and undisciplined. Very hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    My advice means nothing as they are unwilling to change the company culture.


  8. "Test Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok as a first job. Exposure to different projects means plenty of opportunities to learn. Being an OEM, job security is pretty stable, especially when projects enter mass production stage. Medical, dental, and vision coverage and 401k with company match. Very lax dress code.

    Cons

    Below average salary with almost zero chance of getting a raise. Working hours are long (OT and weekend shifts almost guaranteed). Outdated equipment used to manufacture units, leading to poor quality and more headaches at the test line. Experienced engineers seem to leave every month for greener pastures, leaving inexperienced new grads to take over and inevitably fall on their faces. Managers encourage finger pointing whenever something goes wrong, rather than actually working together to solve the issue. Communicating with 99% of the staff in English is near impossible. Need to know Mandarin and/or Vietnamese (something they fail to mention in the job description).

    Advice to Management

    Make better efforts to retain your experienced employees. A lot of these projects find themselves in these serious holes because you always lose the main engineer who knows the ins and outs of the product. Expecting new grads to pick up on 3 years of knowledge in 2 weeks is ridiculous. Reward those who are willing to work 12 hour days for you instead of taking advantage of them.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Test Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to learn a lot

    Cons

    Low pay, high stress and long hours


  10. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work and can learn on the job just by showing up. Relatively small workforce (San Jose) so you'll get to know everyone.

    Cons

    Low compensation and perks. No real room for advancement. A good stepping stone while you figure your career out.


  11. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Foxconn (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of free time to spare during you work time

    Cons

    Low Salary, Extremely loose management.

    Advice to Management

    Not many options



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