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Updated June 14, 2017
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Stefan Widing
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Pros
  • Nice, understanding management who encourage a good work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good opportunity for collaboration; a lot of great people to work with (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is only concerned with covering their backsides with regard to the parent company, Assa Abloy (in 10 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is not something important at this place (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Westminster, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HID full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, work life balance is good, Holidays off. The benefits are Health, Dental and vision and a 401K with matching and education. The work was interesting and promotions are possible if you apply yourself.

    Cons

    Not to much I can say about the cons because I thought HID was a great place to work. The only exception was a constant threat of corporate closing the doors and laying everyone off to minimize their profit loss margins.

    Advice to Management

    HID had a great management team, always creating a good work environment, easy to get along with and very intelligent people heading in a clearly defined direction.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic, Toxic, Toxic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HID full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The opportunity to work with really interesting science and several good people (who are likely not on your team).

    You will learn every single bad management tactic known to mankind, so that you might avoid them in your future endeavors.

    Learning about how not to behave in public, with almost daily demonstrations by management.

    Cons

    Abusive, insecure middle-management, with over-inflated titles and the egos to match.

    "Old Boy's Club" attitudes everywhere, especially from management.

    Management doesn't plan their projects, but will expect you to foot the blame when the projects don't go the way management thinks they should have.

    Expect lots of negative reinforcement, thinly-veiled public censure, and blind authoritarianism from your supervisor. HR is complicit in this, so don't expect any help there.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the bizarre ways of the past and drink the Assa Abloy Kool-Ade. This kind probably won't kill you, and will probably help when the growing pains are tough. The vast majority of your workers are not happy with your childish antics. Grow up and get a grip on yourselves.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, however..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HID full-time

    Pros

    Worked in Eden Prairie site with a great group of people. Can't say enough about that. Also, decent pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Here is the "However". There are serious growing pains across the company, and most notably at corporate HQ, especially after the HQ move to Austin TX. High competition in Austin for quality workers has hurt in all areas. And the company mantra of outsource, outsource, outsource is a morale killer.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the trend of moving product back to the USA. Costs can be controlled and quality improved.


  4. "Print shop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn about interesting security products, nice Austin facility, convenient location, good benefits, low insurance cost, diverse workforce

    Cons

    low pay, light workload (in my dept), strict rules about wearing smocks and leaving personal items in a locker felt impractical in some situations, IT slow to respond and the IT work request process was ineffective.


  5. "Follow the continuous journey to nowhere!"

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    Current Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Brand opens doors easily

    Cons

    continuous change in leadership, strategy, direction and vision.

    Advice to Management

    New leader from Stockholm, Talk to your employees!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Slow slow slow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary. Opportunity for travel if you like Austin, TX (most do not)

    Cons

    Cross functional teams take forever to get anything done. Cares only about next weeks revenue and cost cutting. New CEO out of his depth. Enjoyment scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Some Innovation would help


  7. Helpful (1)

    "HID Culture and Career Advancement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HID full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    HID is a good company to work for. They support continued education by offering generous educational reimbursements. HID offers opportunities for employees to move from different functional areas, thus broadening their employees' breadth and skill-sets.

    Cons

    HID as an organization can be political and hard to navigate. Sometimes senior management make short sighted decisions with very little follow through - there are too many important programs that fail due to lack of continued investments or support.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management to have a clear long term strategic plan and provide continued support and resources for success. For example, in some cases, senior management are driven by year end management by objective (MBO) commitments, that once the year-end review is over they no longer prioritize or provide resource to ensure long term success of the program(s).

  8. "Inventory"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Inventory in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Inventory in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool people and a great environment.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Low wages.

    Advice to Management

    Raise wages and give employees room for growth.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "A solid company still looking for its second wind"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Sales in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HID (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Robust and consistently profitable company with long term vision
    People are very committed at all levels of the organization
    Great corporate culture with interesting mix of European and American values
    HR appear to genuinely care about people. Employees are overall treated very humanly.

    Cons

    Salaries seem to be industry average or perhaps slightly less
    Limited internal carreer opportunities, talent management could be improved
    Challenges in integrating recent acquisitions and growing outside of original core business
    Execution of strategic vision requires investment in ageing portfolio and introduction of new talent

    HID Response

    Nov 7, 2016 – Corporate Communications Manager

    Thank you for you feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the corporate culture and felt appreciated. We wish you all the best in the future!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunity for collaboration; a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    Way too many politics and people not knowing where they are headed

    Advice to Management

    Need strong vision for the company and accountability for all stakeholders


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