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  1. "Good Family-Like Work Environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simsbury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Simsbury, CT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Family-like atmosphere
    Friday lunches paid for by company
    401k matching

    Cons

    Pay scales tend toward the low side, which is probably typical for smaller companies.
    IT department is out of sorts... Frequently having to stop work due to server reboots.
    Not a lot of opportunity for advancement. Once you've found a niche it's difficult to rise above that station.

    Advice to Management

    Competent employees should be given more opportunities for advancement. Employees looking to take on additional responsibility should be given that opportunity when feasible.


  2. "Do yourself a favor, and keep looking..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Simsbury, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Simsbury, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Phonon (CT) full-time

    Pros

    -No one notices when you're asleep.
    -A dozen or so, competent, friendly people.
    -Free lunch on Fridays.
    -Can watch youtube all day or browse facebook for money if you want.

    Cons

    -Far too much micromanagement going on from all echelons of management.
    -Pay is on the low side.
    -Place is going belly up... No future for this place.
    -Bonuses, which used to be frequent are no longer given (see above).
    -No room for advancement. You may be able to move sideways into another position, but you'll never rise above the position you started at, regardless of talent or effort.
    -Expect some backstabbing. Middle management routinely steals good ideas from employees and presents them as their own to superiors.
    -Incompetent sales team and executive assistants.
    -Ego... lots of big ego's. Not a lot of critical thinking or outside of the box thinking to warrant the attitude (mainly by middle management and owner).
    -Middle management is afraid to rock the boat, so the the status quo is all you'll ever see.
    -Forget your new, fresh, GOOD ideas... They're not interested in them here, which is why the company is in a hot mess now.

    Advice to Management

    The theory here is that people rise to the point of incompetence. You're promoted, only until you reach a position where you can really do no one any good. Several of you have reached that point. Listen to your underlings... believe it or not, in some cases, they know more than you do about many things.


  3. "Good co overall with two issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Phonon (CT) full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects, profit sharing, Friday lunches

    Cons

    Micromanagement, unclear and unrealistic expectations sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Follow the chain of command and do a little self reflecting. For god's sake stop the micromanagement. 360 degree reviews might be very beneficial (for the mgrs)


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  5. "The fast road to nowhere."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    A great place to learn from very intelligent people
    If you are motivated, there is a good chance you could work on some cutting edge projects
    Great retention opportunities

    Cons

    If you don't have a 4 year degree, you are marginalized
    Input from the employees falls on deft ears
    Overtime abuse is rampant
    Employees asleep in plain view
    Teamwork is nonexistant except in small groups

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your new youthful employees and think outside of the box. Encourage team building, it's the only way to meet our goals.