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Immersion Corporation Reviews

Updated May 3, 2017
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Immersion Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Vic Viegas
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Small Company Feel, Big Company Influence"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company is solid and has a great business model. It's been around forever, but most people have never heard of it because it doesn't "make" products, but licenses their software/hardware to major companies. Ever heard of XBox/Playstation? Immersion haptics are in there. Cadillac? Yeah there too. Mobile phones? Yup in there too. They have money in the bank, so you feel secure. Also, there is a great work/life balance. No one wants you to get burned out. Oh, and they are big on patents. They set aside time for company wide "Innovation Days" where you can work in teams to come up with patent ideas so you could actually become an inventor.

    Cons

    Commute can be bad unless you live close or take the train to the Great America, Santa Clara station, or light rail to N. First Street at Tasman Station, or have an electric car to get into the carpool lanes.

    Advice to Management

    Get more help staffing. We have so much opportunity and so many cool projects to work on.


  2. "Good company, a bit disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Immersion Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great tech, great people, good products.

    Cons

    Most of the production work is done in Canada

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Immersion Corporation full-time

    Pros

    - Very smart and talented workers
    - Cool technology and products
    - They value their employees

    Cons

    - Management is hard to satisfy
    - Company changes direction very quick based on the latest technology trends

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on the future of the company rather than the small term goals


  4. "Immersion is a Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Immersion Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great technology, great benefits

    Cons

    No room for advancement and people tend to get stagnant in their roles


  5. "Mechanical Engineer"

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

    I worked at Immersion Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Mostly regular 40 hour weeks.

    Cons

    There was terrible inter-departmental communication

    Advice to Management

    Job security breeds pride, breeds quality workforce. Random house-cleanings are destabilizing, not useful.


  6. "Good mix of start up and public company qualities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Immersion is a small company at heart - there is a lot of autonomy in decision making, employees are encouraged to think big and innovate, lots of "social" benefits including yoga, company lunches and parties etc. There are not a lot of layers in management so decisions can be made quickly.

    Cons

    The small company behavior sometimes hinders momentum - some processes are manual, not a well-developed internal comms program, and some mis-alignment against corporate imperatives.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communications and automate processes


  7. "Executive"

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    Current Employee - Executive
    Current Employee - Executive
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fantastic opportunity due to variety of market focus.

    Cons

    A successful product development culture needs to be estabished.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for but future is uncertain"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great work culture, lots of emphasis on innovation. Interdepartmental collaboration is possible and encouraged. The small-medium size of the company allows the familiarity with all the employees working there.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy in the work place. Management is hard to satisfy. Alot of extra hours of work is expected but not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with employees about the future of the company. Reward effort not just results especially for employees who are working extra hours.


  9. "Getting Better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free food from time to time

    Cons

    Lots of Politics, Constant change of direction


  10. "Sales Manager"

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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 Immersion Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Focused on haptic software License and IP business - sales work is not that drugery.
    Sales revenue dediced by annual or bi/tri annual contract. Revenue is stable during contract.

    Cons

    Company work like patent troll some how..Legal decide key factors for contract. Business decision made out of sales function. Very difficult to manage customer relationship as renewal accompany with big price increase.
    Frequent organizaiton change means lack of jos stability.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hear Voice of market and pro-activelyy align business direction rather than rely on IP and legal process which damage business relationship and value of haptic market value.


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