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  1. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer III in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer III in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great benefit
    - Work and life balance

    Cons

    - Can not think of anything

    Advice to Management

    - None


  2. "Great Benefits / Shifting strategies"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well known company. Stellar health care ESPP & 401k. Good HR Team. Fun people to work with. Flexible and care about employees.

    Cons

    In cohesive integration into parent company (Cisco). Constant product line changes. Shrinking market share., Obstinate attitude with partners. Quick abandonment of strategies.

    Advice to Management

    Protect your space from competitors by better partnering with customers. Sacrifice price to gain share. Dramatically expand product line. Spin off the company.

  3. "Great Benefits, Lots of Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits - insurance, 401k etc
    Flexibility - open to take longer lunch to run errands, work from home
    Casual Environment

    Cons

    Bad communication between departments - it can be ver confusing and training does not exist. Pay is okay for what you are expected to do.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the confusion between the departments, make them more transparent.


  4. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Irvine, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to get your feet wet and leard about the industry. Exposure to many basic areas of the sales enviorment.

    Cons

    Not a signifigant chance of advancement. Poor intergration with parent company Cisco Systems. Quick and frequent abandonment of failed product lines.

    Advice to Management

    Find your own path. Set realistic expectations. Acknowledge where you haven't applied enough effort and where you have strayed off course.


  5. "Good Place to work .... But..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work but there as the company is aquired by Cisco

    Cons

    Incompetent workers and favoritism among employees.

    Advice to Management

    Try to award employees based on performance....


  6. "Nice experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good working environment for a technician/ engineer! Everyone is just so friendly and informative that I did not have any fears towards anything going on in the company~

    Cons

    None based on what I remember

    Advice to Management

    Employees were predominantly Taiwanese as the company was found by a Taiwanese married couple, later sold to Cisco. Maybe it will be better to have more employees of other ethnicities


  7. "Linksys is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great environment
    Good People
    Things get done

    Cons

    Long days
    Too many meetings - true of most larger companies though

    Advice to Management

    What is going on? Personel changes are fine, but what is different? Communication is typically great, but there has been a vacuum lately.

  8. "Best company I ever worked for - very satisfied!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    People, products, leadership, benefits. It is great to be around so many fellow employees that are smart and motivated. The products are best in class and can't wait for the exciting future of home networking 2.0...very, very existing stuff. Leadership keeps everyone motivated and really like how they let you run your projects like it is your own business...no one watching you 24/7, just accountability. Benefits are the best. You can only get better if you are a fireman, policeman, teacher, government worker or in utilities industry.

    Cons

    You must be driven. No room for slackers.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible and take market share. Keep the work force motivated. Execution is the key.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Layoffs has started, i would definitely stay away if you want to pay your bills."

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    Current Employee - Management in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    As of today, Linksys is a great place to:
    - work if you like to just hangout and go to Starbucks!
    - Get paid full time and have another part time job if you like!
    - be entertained by the circus acts of management!
    - Slack off and be backed up by a mother company with a deep pocket!

    Cons

    Nothing gets done.
    No leadership at all.
    Great people leaving.
    Hmmm..what was the last new product they launched? Are we in revision 10 of our G router yet?

    Advice to Management

    It's clear that current management failed. Time for a new team.


  10. "Linksys might be for some, but not everyone..."

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    Current Employee - Finance in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company benefits are excellent. Flexible work hours and telecommuting are available. Good company 401k match. The culture is changing from entrepreneurial to very command-and-control corporate - could be good for a lot of people.

    Cons

    Everything is political and management is disconnected from the day-to-day operation of the company. The GM has brought in his buddies, many of whom are has-beens from the PC industry. Promotions and rewards are handed out arbitrarily. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing most of the time. The company is trying to become a "consumer products" company and failing so far.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to act like you actually care about your employees and make the gutsy decisions that need to be made. People will respect you for it. Management commuication at Linksys is the WORST I have seen at any company.


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