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Sunnyvale, CA

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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 (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

  3. 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "I was a contractor perm employee with a 90% positive experience."

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Freeslate as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technically knowledgeable & cooperative engineers & lab techs. My project mgr. madre it so much easier for me to do my job.

    Cons

    Inept HR personnel, I'm certain they never even read the contract they signed with my placement agency. Mgmt. is very top-heavy for a company this small (8 directors & only 100 workers total?), they are often clueless about a business plan or growth so their future looks bleak. As a temp to perm contractor the majority of my problems were with my agency, not
    with Freeslate, but hier recent reverses prohibited bringing me on permanently & I understand there have been layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    The niche market enjoyed in the past is closing up fast. Get rid of about half the directors soaking up most of the profits.


  5. 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.


  6. "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


  7. "Looks like the company is going down. Time to run."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers. Good location. Good idea behind it.

    Cons

    Cutting budget. Not taking care of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of your new admin J.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Technology..Management confused"

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Love working with some of the coolest technology in lab automation and experimentation
    People
    Good Perks like free breakfast, Happy Hours, etc.
    Management Communication

    Cons

    Senior management seems very confused
    Not much innovation like in the past
    Lack of growth prospects and repetitive projects due to which that have lost some good people

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if any advice would be taken by them seriously


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