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FreeWave Technologies Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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  1. "Small company with big company experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Approachable , involved and trustworthy executive staff.
    Great collaborative team environment.
    Small company atmosphere with the experience & customer base of a large company.
    Many possibilities for advancement and continued learning.
    Great opportunities for individual employees to have an impact on company operations and products.
    Diverse group of employees ranging from the young and eager to experienced industry experts.
    Innovative company working on disruptive technology.
    Management understands the work/life balance and wants employees to be happy in both their professional and personal lives.

    The biggest asset at FreeWave is the employees. There isn't a single employee that I don't enjoy working with.

    Cons

    The company doesn't have any downsides/issues that are unique to FreeWave. These issues include:

    Often reactive vs. proactive
    Resource constraints
    Lack of documentation
    Shifting priorities

    In the past FreeWave suffered from poor management. There are many negative reviews about the company which were accurate at the time. This reputation still follows the company even though that company no longer exists. There's new staff, leadership, products and direction. I've never been happier at FreeWave.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. Add to the talent pool, listen to the technical advice of employees and keep the vision in focus.


  2. "Tech Support"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Tech Support in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is so much about its employees great atmosphere

    Cons

    Benn here going on 2 years now----cant say as Ive seen or experienced any!

    Advice to Management

    Great Job Kim, Scott, Kirk onward and upward

  3. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    Some good people still there

    Cons

    If this were a Gartner quadrant, they would be considered a niche player. Low Technology advantage and almost no ability to execute.

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Oct 10, 2016 – Human Resources

    Response from Kim Niederman: First and most importantly, this is great feedback – thank you for taking the time to post. I want you, and anyone reading this, to know that we listen and take feedback... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Support"

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

    Pros

    Great people. Solid Benefits, small-shop environment very enabling.

    Cons

    too often reactive panic mode

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Oct 5, 2016 – Human Resources

    Response by Kim Niederman: As always, I am thankful for you taking the time to post. I agree that we have created an enabling environment and rely on great people to drive the business. We have a... More


  5. "good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at FreeWave Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good collaboration, excellent, qualified people and very good pay

    Cons

    There seems to be some confusion about the path forward

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    May 26, 2016

    Response by Kim Niederman: Thank you very much for taking the time to provide feedback. While we have spent a lot of time communicating a vision for our products and markets, the market itself has... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company getting stronger"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good support within the teams/departments.
    Company is aggressive in new and better technology for the now and future.
    Most employees here are active in the continued growth of this company and not just waiting for it to happen.
    Great facility to work in.
    Customer satisfaction is a key value.

    Cons

    Understaffing has put extra stress on everyone.
    Sometimes extra hours are required and at times with very little notice.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it is the person and not the process that needs corrective action.

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Apr 13, 2016

    Response from Kim Niederman: Thank you for the feedback! Collectively, we have been working very hard on satisfying our customers with new technologies that will solve real world problems for our... More


  7. "FreeWave has potential"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for with exciting products and a nice work environment. There are some exciting new products that have just been released that I think will take off and become very profitable in the future.

    Cons

    Too many projects going on at once with accelerated schedules and short on staff; too much to do in too little time, which can create a lot of stress.

    Advice to Management

    Appears that management has a clear idea of what direction they need to be heading in to gain more of the market and make FW more profitable. A lot of money was invested to develop some new exciting products that just haven't taken hold yet (they will in time though I think). The company founder is a visionary with some great ideas and I think he will make FW a billion-dollar-company in the near future! (It has a lot of potential).

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Oct 5, 2015 – Human Resources

    Response from Kim Niederman: Thank you for your post. I agree! We have a lot of excitement building. The team has been working hard to introduce some new and exciting products that will change... More

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Vision vs. Execution"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Senior Management has ambitions vision for new directions for company growth.
    - Installed base and history of delivering reliable solutions in various vertical markets.
    - Excellent reliable access solutions for M2M

    Cons

    - Sr. Management has little value for personal capital.
    - Non scale-able channel model
    - Lack of continuity in engineering development.
    - Startup mode for new products & technologies.
    - Penny Wise, Pound Foolish.

    Advice to Management

    - Diagnose before you prescribe. Spend more time in determining the potential market demand for technology before committing resources for development.
    - Balance financial pressures with sustainability for operations. The most expensive OpEx is always the hiring, training and development of new staff.
    - Trust the people you hire to make decisions, delegate authority, communicate early and often.

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Oct 14, 2015 – Human Resources

    Response from Kim Niederman: I appreciate you taking the time to post on this site. Feedback from employees – both current and former – only helps us to improve!

    Perhaps the most insightful... More


  9. Helpful (2)

    "This radio company may surprise us all."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Drive, hunger and some of the smartest people I've worked with and for. I am beginning to think that this little company is going to surprise us all but only if they heed the advice below. The culture is horribly damaged.

    Cons

    Some layoffs to correct the ship for success. Communication could be improved by including critical employees in solutions. There are some very smart people working there and there are some strong egos as well. Leadership realized too late, the impact of poor employee attitudes on others. Kept egos and let go of critical thinkers.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent, you have nothing to lose by doing this. Employees notice that there are three members of management whose housing is fully paid for by the company, yet lays off just happened in order to save money. If you intend on getting employees onboard with your initiatives, you must be men of character (I say men because the only woman on executive staff resigned) and integrity, that means sacrificing fancy second homes for executives and keeping solid performers. Those left will only be burdened by the lack of support and the increase in duties left behind while two or three of you fly home every Thursday to be with your families.

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Jul 31, 2015 – Human Resources

    Response from Kim Niederman: Thank you for taking the time to post your feedback. I agree with your point that transparency is critically important. That is precisely why we hold monthly company... More


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Procrastination gets you nowhere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Sales in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Vertically integrated
    Equitable customer base and channel of distribution
    Commendable support of heritage products

    Cons

    New executive team with little or no radio knowledge
    Lack of complimentary products
    Small and obsolete manufacturing facility
    Unethical treatment of former employees
    Obsession with local competitive radio manufacturer
    Vacuum of independent/dependent market research
    Reliance on disintermedation, especially with IoT
    Susceptible to elastic demand

    Advice to Management

    You are either a radio company or you are not. Develop new radio products or find another niche market - but stop procrastinating and costing people their jobs.

    FreeWave Technologies Response

    Jul 23, 2015 – Human Resources

    Response from Kim Niederman: Six months ago, I would have agreed with a few of your points above. That is why we have spent a lot of time developing our go to market strategy and supported it with... More


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