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Sanmina Reviews

Updated October 30, 2017
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Pros
  • If youre motivated by projects that challenges even your most advanced skills, good people and good opportunities, Sanmina has it for you (in 27 reviews)

  • Great place to learn about supply chain, processes and procedures (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • No support from upper management to lower management (in 24 reviews)

  • No raises in years despite good earnings (in 16 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "tough time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanmina full-time

    Pros

    Good hardworking people work there.

    Cons

    Promotions based on who you know not what you know.

    Advice to Management

    Promote based on skill and knowledge not because they are related.


  2. "Good technical out of college job"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure when handling clients and suppliers

    Cons

    No growth opportunity, too much micromanagement, and centralized decision-making.

  3. "Need more pay"

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

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time

    Pros

    Easy work for anyone tryna get experience in warehouse

    Cons

    The pay is not good to help maintain


  4. "Benefits Review"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Redmond, OR
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Redmond, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanmina (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities given

    Cons

    Unstable work causing layoffs and other employee issues

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to your employees needs.


  5. "work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time

    Pros

    you can easily promote to position leader.

    Cons

    they pay you really cheap


  6. "Interesting work, low pay and benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good colleagues, people work hard, interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Poor benefits - low salaries, no raises or bonuses, bare minimum benefits


  7. Helpful (1)

    "ES Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good learning environment for different type of plating line

    Cons

    Working in the chemical environment that might detrimental to health

    Advice to Management

    Be decisive in the decision

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to learn new things.

    Cons

    No real future in career growth.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Maintenance Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Manchester, NH
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Manchester, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work environment. No pressure. Many good people to work with. I was new to electronic industry so this was good chance to learn about PCB assembly production.

    Cons

    Total disengagement between operators and management. No basic training of any kind except for ESD. With some exception total lack of supervision at all levels. No support from upper management to lower management. No recognition of good hard working employees no salary increase for last 10 years or so. Total lack of Lean manufacturing .

    Advice to Management

    All this sad in previous section is very much visible to customer and sooner or later there will be visible consequence. For last 4-5 years customers are leaving and work load shrinking. There is dire need for major management change.


  10. Helpful (3)

    ""Mediocre" sums it up pretty well"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Turtle Lake, WI
    Current Employee - Technician in Turtle Lake, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are actually pretty good. Standard PTO and sick pay, averages out to 3 weeks out of the year plus 10 paid holidays. Dental and health are very competitive - I pay in <50 bucks per paycheck including an HSA which they kick in about $15 per week.

    Great "team" mentality. Co-workers. linetenders, setups, and supervisors are supportive and quite happy to answer any questions and teach you how to do your job better. If you ask one person for help and they're busy or grumpy there's plenty of others willing to help you out. There is a pretty basic expectation of intelligence and work ethic/attendance. If you show up every day with a halfway decent attitude and "get it done" mentality the opportunities for advancement are pretty good. If you struggle with basic math or just plain showing up for work, you're going to be out the door very quickly.

    Overtime is based on seniority. So if you've been there over a year you can work 60 hours a week if you want. If you haven't, it'll fluctuate.

    The work is easy, even at non-entry level positions. Operator, Linetender, Boxmaker, QA, Setup....none of it is all that complicated. Setup requires some pretty good mechanical aptitude and you have to have the humility to accept criticism and learn something new each day.

    Because of the low pay and erratic production schedule, there are plenty of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Getting hired on directly from temp status is NOT easy especially for entry level positions. Temps can get hired on at some positions, but see above regarding IQ and attendance. They post internal job bids that temps CAN apply for (which they don't tell you upfront). There is a strong tendency to fire/lay off temp operators/assemblers almost at will. No job security for those folks.

    The pay is NOT competitive for the industry in general or the local area. There are employers literally 5 blocks away from the plant that pay more for entry level positions. There are plants in the same industry that pay at least $1.75 an hour more for the exact same work well under 100 miles form the Turtle Lake plant.

    Snafus somewhat beyond the usual "shift war" BS that you'd expect at most factories. 1st shift thinks 2nd shift are incompetent and 3rd shift are mentally ill; 2nd shift thinks 1st shift is mentally ill and 3rd shift are social rejects; 3rd shift thinks 2nd shift are intellectually deficient and 1st shift is lazy etc etc the world goes round and nothing ever changes. The "blame game" is played at a higher level than other companies I've worked for though. Each shift blames both the previous and incoming shifts for various mistakes yet no matter how much some people screw up, nothing is ever done about it unless someone repeatedly breaks expensive stuff.

    Along this train of thought - inconsistent standards across shifts.

    They paint a wonderful picture about how things are going to take off and "we're going to triple production by June" etc, but that doesn't ever happen within the timeframe that they say it will.

    Pay scale is arbitrary. No raises except for (MAYBE) a dollar-something IF you get a promotion, and even then it's questionable and a long time in coming. Even with the raise there are still some entry-level employees that make more money than people working at 3+ higher job grades simply because they used to work in a different part of the plant. This is not good practice for retaining employees with experience. It makes your veterans seek jobs at facilities that are willing to pay for experience.

    Advice to Management

    Three things:

    First, realize that you are competing for labor just as much as you are competing for customers. When multiple employers within a 5 block radius of your plant start new people off at $2 more per hour, yet you complain about the quality of your temps/new employees, it strikes us as hypocritical. You get what you pay for in terms of employees and your pay scales just don't keep up. Period. We understand that you have customers to keep happy and a bottom line to maintain. BUT that doesn't change the fact that you get what you pay for. Experience pays, and it pays a lot. It pays you a lot in lower costs and more efficient labor. It should pay employees too in order to retain them. . Enough said. This should be obvious to you. Evidently it is not. You may stop wondering why you can't keep ahold of veterans. It really should be obvious at this point in the game.

    Second: Say what you mean and mean what you say. When you say that you're going to "triple production" by (for example) June then make it happen. Realize and understand that your employees, even your entry-level operators, want to see the plant grow (at least) almost as much as you do. We really do. So we get excited when you promise an uptick in production and learn not to take you at your word when it doesn't happen. There's a fair number of idle presses just sitting around in different sections of the plant that we, AND you would love to see up and running.

    Third: Principles such as 5S, six-sigma etc are awesome. They are. But they're awesome ONLY if you put them into practice. You make us wear shirts that say "5S" and then list "Standardize" in that list. Standardize expectations across shift. If 1st shift Quality passes parts and 2nd shift Quality puts them on hold despite the exact same "defect" having been there for the past few days, you know you have a problem.


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