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Knowles Corporation Reviews

Updated October 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Nice work environment, nice parties, good benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Depending on the team you work with, there is decent work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Absurd work life balance (unless you like 70 hr weeks and on call 24/7) (in 11 reviews)

  • Long hours, pay not worth the hours and treatment of employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great place."

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Administrator in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and culture, lots of technology and projects to work with.

    Cons

    None really. It was a good place to be.

    Knowles Corporation Response

    Sep 14, 2017 – Sr. HR Business Partner

    Thanks for sharing this review! The friendly, energetic, and smart people are exactly what motivate me to come to work every day too. Glad you were part of our journey.


  2. Helpful (3)

    ""Exciting Time! Great People""

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain
    Current Employee - Supply Chain
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High energy and extremely welcoming culture and environment . Effective and productive cross functional interaction. I work with amazing talented people who are all high energy and high performers with a sense of mission.
    A goal oriented company positioned for great future.

    Cons

    none - it has been great

    Knowles Corporation Response

    Sep 14, 2017 – Sr. HR Business Partner

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Creating a positive work environment has been a major focus for us here at Knowles and we are glad to hear we are headed in the right direction.

  3. "Corporate"

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

    I worked at Knowles Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Family-type atmosphere, great experience if you enjoy international action, suburban location.

    Cons

    Getting used to being a public company and the associate demands, layoffs, long hours, abusive treatment by those at the director level.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Only if there is no where else to go...."

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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 Knowles Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Nice people , but I'm afraid most will end up leaving

    Cons

    1. CEO
    2. Absurd work life balance (unless you like 70 hr weeks and on call 24/7)
    3. Low pay and marginal benefits (when compared to other technology companies).
    4. Cheap

    Advice to Management

    If the board knew half of the things going on here, my guess is you would be out of a job


  5. "Intern Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knowles Corporation (More than a year)

    Pros

    Knowles works on various interesting projects and one will be able to enjoy the work.
    People are active and plan many activities yoga hiking etc
    Awesome breakroom, foosball and tabletennis.

    Cons

    Had a bad experienced with few people, doesn't mean the whole organisation is bad.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None! Surprised to see a single pro in other reviews. Headquarters is close to the highway, makes it easier to leave. See cons section instead.

    Cons

    Lack of vision. Lack of growth. Lack of stability. Lack of motivation. Lack of work life balance. Completely zero interaction with senior management. Do not apply. Prospective candidates, you've been warned!

    Advice to Management

    Leave, need a reorganization of senior level

    Knowles Corporation Response

    Sep 14, 2017 – Sr. HR Business Partner

    We are disappointed you felt that your experience with Knowles wasn’t rewarding in your opinion. We have 70 years of success facilitating growth and innovation and we are confident in our strategy... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Challenged leader in acoustic space"

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

    I worked at Knowles Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Company is leader in acoustic technologies.

    Cons

    Company is struggling against competitors that have caught up.

  8. "Supply Chain"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus very good, good support from management

    Cons

    limited growth in career as many "senior" in the company


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Silicon Prarie"

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    Current Employee - Contributor in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Contributor in Itasca, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High Tech company in the Midwest. Silicon Valley-like work environment. Many colleagues have been here a long time and have made Knowles what it is today. If you are driven, this is the place for you. Company is loyal to smart people who get things done. Great opportunities to grow professionally.

    Cons

    As with any high tech company, Knowles is market driven which leads to occasional tough decisions which are professionaly dealt with and fair

    Advice to Management

    Interact with employees more. See how they're doing


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Great engineers if you can tolerate the poor management"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Itasca, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very smart engineering staff. You'll learn a lot here.

    Cons

    Management is fickle and shortsighted.

    Advice to Management

    There's only so much fat you can cut before you hit bone.


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