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Magnet Systems CEO Alfred Chuang
Alfred Chuang
14 Ratings
  1. Thrill of a start up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Magnet Systems full-time

    Pros

    The reviews here are a mixed bag, and probably confusing to someone just reading through them. There were a few of disgruntled former employees, you can see that they felt compelled to post on Glassdoor to point fingers (and name call) to everyone but themselves. Were there silos, office politics, power struggles? Maybe, but my gut is those folks are the ones who wrote the negative comments and have moved on. ...

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    Cons

    Palo Alto traffic and parking.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t pay attention to the naysayers, keep building a strong team and recognizing the talented people you have. Keep listening and keep the open communication.

    Magnet Systems Response

    August 5, 2015VP Human Resoures

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate the feedback and our employees who have helped build a wonderful culture.

  2. Helpful (9)

    Magnet Systems

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I worked at Magnet Systems full-time

      Pros

      Work autonomy. Employees were hardworking and professional.

      Cons

      Upper management does not have good relationships with their employees. Approach towards performance and downsizing was sneaky and shady.

      Advice to Management

      Be real. Be honest.

    • Helpful (7)

      Company leaders are disingenuous!

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      Former Employee - Sales Representative in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at Magnet Systems full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Passionate and aggressive leaders. Sharp and optimistic.

      Cons

      Leaders are disingenuous, and cannot be trusted.

      Advice to Management

      Honesty is the best policy. It will serve you well in ANY company you will run.

    • Helpful (1)

      Researcher

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      Former Employee - Researcher in Malvern, AR
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

      I worked at Magnet Systems

      Pros

      Worked from home on my own schedule. Just had to complete so many hours of research per week

      Cons

      There were no issues or negative parts of working here. I would say just to offer more hours to contractors for more work.

      Advice to Management

      none

      Magnet Systems Response

      April 15, 2016VP Human Resoures

      Thank you for the positive response, however, there may be some confusion. We've never had remote, contractor/researcher positions.

    • Helpful (6)

      awesome people

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      Former Employee - Supermonkey in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend

      I worked at Magnet Systems full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      the engineers, and even the non-eng staff were super-smart, killer skills, way cool to hang with, lots of people to learn from.

      Cons

      constantly shifting focus - kinda like being in a technology bouncy house.

      Advice to Management

      i think the focus has narrowed - at the time i was there, we were trying to do too much, and then not finishing any of it.

      Magnet Systems Response

      July 7, 2016VP Human Resoures

      Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate the feedback and our employees who have helped build a wonderful culture. Our vision and focus has always been the same. We recognize where this perspective comes from; we’re working on providing more clarity ...

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    • Helpful (4)

      Magnet Systems

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      Former Employee - Senior Architect in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at Magnet Systems full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Magnet systems was working on innovative and interesting technology. The people that I worked with there were motivated and intelligent.

      Cons

      At the time I worked at magnet systems there was a lack of go to market focus for the technology being developed.

      Advice to Management

      Focus on bringing technology to market that solves a particular problem

      Magnet Systems Response

      July 7, 2016VP Human Resoures

      Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. We appreciate the feedback and our employees who have helped build a wonderful culture. Our focus is on bringing a technology to market that the market wants.

    • Hard Work Pays Off

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Magnet Systems

      Pros

      CEO really cares about his product, management is supportive and knowledgeable, great location in downtown Palo Alto, snacks and drinks provided in kitchen, catering for lunch every other week, social events, amazing benefits, etc. Employees are extremely talented-work working individuals that are easy to work with.

      Cons

      In need of updated office space.

      Magnet Systems Response

      June 16, 2015VP Human Resoures

      Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on Magnet; we have built something really exciting and it is the collective focus and our culture that will drive our success.

    • Things are looking up

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Magnet Systems full-time

      Pros

      Exciting projects and lots of talented people to work with. CEO takes the time to listen to employees. Lots of hard work is required but there is so much opportunity to learn new things and grow with the company.

      Cons

      While things are improving, it's not quite there yet.

      Advice to Management

      Keep up the improvements

      Magnet Systems Response

      June 16, 2015VP Human Resoures

      Thank you for taking the time to share your perspective on Magnet; we have built something really exciting and it is the collective focus and our culture that will drive our success.

    • Helpful (11)

      Matter of time

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Magnet Systems full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      There is nothing positive to share at all.

      Cons

      Please read and reread the post from April 14th. The person who wrote that review has described the company accurately!

      Advice to Management

      They dont listen,otherwise my advise to them would be fire yourself

    • Helpful (24)

      This company just keeps bleeding good people

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook

      I worked at Magnet Systems full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Plenty of good food in Palo Alto? Free parking? Cannot think of anything else really. It was a stressful time working here, so much that I have forgotten all the pros.

      Cons

      I can't write a better review than the guy who has already posted a review titled "Death throes of a startup". He/she has essentially captured what this company is like. CEO doesn't know where to spend his millions. He really doesn't know what to build. He keeps hiring new people and keeps firing old, good employees, putting the blame of his own failure on the people he fires. He has no vision and the company keeps...

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      Advice to Management

      I really don't have much to advice for the management and giving one will not have an effect anyways. I do have an advice for whoever is left behind after series of layoffs/people quitting.. be empathetic to people being let go constantly... the question is not whether the same will happen to you, the question is when.

      Magnet Systems Response

      April 20, 2015VP Human Resoures

      The startup life may not suit everyone. Magnet is certainly not the most stressful startup out there. But startups do require employees to accept responsibility and accountability for their work. Magnet has NOT changed direction, but our CEO and our employees have pride in our ...

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