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HTC Seattle Reviews

Updated March 21, 2017
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  • Long working hours during our internship (in 22 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, the prospect is going from bad to worse (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "key account manager"

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    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HTC (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people. seattle is a beautiful place to live.

    Cons

    poor efforts in marketing/advertising/brand awareness

    Advice to Management

    not sure who the new management is....


  2. Helpful (1)

    "The emperor has no clothes"

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    Former Employee - Logistics in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Logistics in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HTC full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    In the almost 10 years I was at HTC I watched in awe as they build a brand from nothing. When I started HTC was a little know ODM that built devices for other companies and carriers. I got the real life experience to work cross culturally with amazing people.

    Cons

    Current management team only listens to what they say and only knows what they hear. There were tons of great people with vison that were chased out of the company as a penny pincher took control and is cost cutting to zero in sales.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and hire a real CEO and CFO with business savvy before the point of no return. This delusion that just one product will save the company is misguided.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Rolling the dice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice People, Great snacks and free lunches/treats

    Cons

    Poor marketing of our core product, poor advancement opportunities (For various teams) Transparency of how the company is doing financially is poor or non-existent. Cost cutting everywhere due to lack of profitable growth.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "HTC America"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HTC full-time

    Pros

    Great products and good people

    Cons

    Slump in smartphone market share in the US. Overall trending is not looking good for the future of this company

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be sense of urgency from top to bottom to turn things around quickly or they will lose more people.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "No structure or organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is decent. Plenty of freedom to be your own boss. Good work-life balance as long as you aren't running nonstop fire-drills (and there were many) The people were often the best part of working at HTC.

    Cons

    No opportunities to really advance unless you're in the "inner circle". CEO and upper executives running company into the ground. Bad decisions left and right. Burning through money on poor decisions.Don't listen to their boots on the ground. Call themselves "scrappy" and "underdogs" to justify making employees work multiple job duties, but without any pay advancements. In the companies glory days (Roughly between 2009 and end of 2011) they made a lot of money and gave raises, bonuses, and advancements frequently. Currently, they struggle to stay floating. Frequently laying off employees or re-organizing just about every 6 months. All the work of the previous employees falls to the remaining employees---but without any additional compensation. You get the "You're lucky to have a job" mentality around there. Most old-schoolers and upper management that have been around a long time started jumping ship at the first signs of trouble because they knew this titanic was going down.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house at the executive level. That's where your problems are. The same people have been nose-diving the company into the ground for years. Stop laying off your highly skilled, highly underpaid employees to save short-term cash so that you can justify keeping the terribly inept upper management. Drop the current CEO, she's ruining the company. Pay people what they are worth, or at least try to come close---you drive talent away by treating them like "the hired help"instead of as valued, skilled, professionals.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sound Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HTC is a very innovative company with an incredible ability to manifest ideas into the market quickly. HTC provides lots of career growth opportunities and international experience as its head quarters is based in Taiwan.

    Cons

    Late night calls at odd hours were a bear. The work never stops when you are collaborating with teams on the other side of the world.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to innovate and get ahead of the market. HTC has a strong history of "firsts" and is beginning to loose its luster in the mobility game. VR is its strongest hold in the future right now.


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    "SQA Engineer"

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great Co-workers and people
    - Excellent work environment - nice work space, free foods, beverages (even red bulls)

    Cons

    - Overtime work (frequent)
    - No outstanding result (product, outcome, innovation, etc.)
    - Isolation among teams

    Advice to Management

    Go check the market and see what customers really want.
    Listen to what employees say.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "A fast sinking ship of financial woes"

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    Former Employee - Product Planner in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Product Planner in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers
    Nice renovated office in Pioneer square

    Cons

    inability to turn itself around financially
    wrong bets by executives year after year, no real vision nor direction for employees
    Two trick pony (phone, VR) with one nearly dead (phone), and the other not yet alive (VR) - leading to year after year loss

    Advice to Management

    Spin off the VR unit now and try to get funding - fire off all non-essential employees so you can stay afloat as long as you can.
    Stop wasting money hiring executives that doesn't do anything


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Hopeless Management from Taiwan."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work on some cutting-edge products. Some teams are insulated from Taiwan and the office politics that pervade other parts of the company. Some people legitimately care for the company and others, but that's not a culture generally supported by the C-Level executives in Taiwan.

    Cons

    No long-term strategic vision for the company. Constantly shifting priorities and budgets, based on quarterly (or even monthly) company performance. Knee-jerk and short-term reactions that undermine the long-term potential of the team. Little or no respect for the value of employees or the teams they build. People are just resources to be dialed up or down like a utility. CEO is easily influenced by the last person to have met with her. CFO oversaw several years of declining sales and received a promotion to "President of Sales" as a result, which is unreal. Half a dozen CMOs in the last 5 years. Incredible political tension between global and regional teams, which bleeds over into the office environment. Quite possibly the most toxic environment I have ever been a part of, and I'm glad to have left.

    Advice to Management

    Put your employees first. Build a culture of trust and empowerment. Everyone is so disenfranchised and worried about the rash decisions the spontaneously erupt from Taiwan, it's hard to cultivate a culture where everyone can give their best.


  10. "Company In Trouble"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company moves quickly and knows how to get things done in a hurry.
    Management is lax so you can do things your own way

    Cons

    The company is very poor on strategy and very reactive
    Management expects everything done yesterday, speaking up is actively frowned upon

    Advice to Management

    Find a buyer who can give the company a reasonable strategy


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