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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A lot of work in so little time"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great relationships with vendors, great purchasing dept. Prototype equipment readily available for development. Not as much red tape as other automated equipment companies.

    Cons

    Unreal deadlines, high expectations with mid level input, and low level managing with high level expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Develop aptitude for letting contractors go, as contractors breathe the same air you do. 20 minute notice on a Friday morning is a pretty low level DB manager move.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Smart, responsive, dedicated co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Test Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The software team leader is a supportive and thoughtful manager who is great at both long range and short term planning, with great technical skills as well.
    -The company is filled with super-smart people who jump to meet the needs of the company. If I need something from someone in either my own group, a group I often cooperate with, or even someone in a completely separate group, I know that I am going to get a quick response and an effort to help, as schedule allows. The whole company feels like one big team. I never run into ego problems.
    -The upper management encourages open dialog and accepts criticism of policies gracefully. Up-down communication is encouraged.
    -The company is run by and filled with people with families. I have never been asked to put the company before the needs of my family.

    Cons

    A change in the company's focus earlier this year left us in a rebuilding mode. This has been disconcerting to many, including myself. However, I do feel like we are coming out of the fog and things are stabilizing out now.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Stick a fork in it already"

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    Current Employee - Director Level
    Current Employee - Director Level
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Our company's was founded on a legacy of powerful technology with talented, hardworking employees and momentum in the market.

    Cons

    CEO Senaldi and a couple of his chosen are about all that remain. His unending strategy shifts and workforce adjustments have destroyed any chance this company ever had of success. All we are doing now is holding on and updating our resumes.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path, communicate the plan, and provide the necessary resources to get the job done. Is that too much to ask?


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good products with a lot of upside potential"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time

    Pros

    Great software team lead by a knowledgeable and supportive manager. As an individual contributor, there are lots of of opportunities where you can make great impact to the software products.

    Cons

    Company strategy changes sometimes can be disruptive..


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good products, too many changes of strategy"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great technical team, collaborative atmosphere up to the director level. Flexible working hours to balance work with family commitments

    Cons

    Insular Senior Mgmt that did not respect directors, numerous reversals of strategy, competition among business units that was characteristic of a much larger company


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A good company is going down"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    interesting technology, some real talented employees.

    Cons

    Narrow minded executives, ever changing strategy, high turn over ratio even at the top level.

    Advice to Management

    Keep integrity at top level if you ask employees to follow the same requirement.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Overall very disappointing - has never lived up to the promises of initial interviews"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good technology, and some sharp minds at this company. People in the field (traveling and interacting with customers) and the people in-house (support and service) are genuinely interested in delivering a successfu solution.

    Cons

    This is less so for mgmt, who sacrifice good relationships internally and externally for short-term personal gain. Viable market is limited and shrinking. Inflexible vision and myopic strategy are insurmountable obstacles to prod mgmt, sales, and service

    Advice to Management

    Stop patting each other on the back. This mgmt team is riddled with inexperience, so accept feedback and learn from employees and customer base. Micromanagement and forced customers acquiescence are not solutions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company going down."

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

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time

    Pros

    Good, hard working, helpful work force.

    Cons

    People heading the company have no idea how to stay in competition, move forward and grow the company. Never made an attempt to retain hard working people or appreciate their work.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your workforce and think of some new ideas to grow. Nobody is interested in buying million dollar equipment again and again.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It's OK if you're just looking for a job."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Freeslate full-time

    Pros

    High caliber colleagues. Interesting domain.

    Cons

    No reinvestment in core technology. Not serious about quality or customer satisfaction. Manager to worker ratio is WAY too high for the size of company.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on core strengths and sectors. Quit micro-managing. Trim the process and management fat: Freeslate is a small company, not GE.


  10. "It's a job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good people, friendly environment

    Cons

    A lot of work, but really not much to say as a negative

    Advice to Management

    none


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