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Sanmina Reviews

Updated October 16, 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)

  • Very good place to work with very good Work Life Balance (in 11 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. "I went from a temp to a supervisor in less than 2 years."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager Supervisor in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager Supervisor in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close to home. Hours aren't bad either. Getting new customers. Business is picking up.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between shifts. Insurance is not good. Pay isn't up to par with other companies in the electronic field.

    Advice to Management

    Listen.


  2. "Management"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sanmina full-time

    Pros

    The work is challenging and diverse

    Cons

    Work 24/7 and schedules are not realistic

    Advice to Management

    Everyone does not have to run to the ball

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Worst place I've ever worked!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Huntsville, AL
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sanmina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are very helpful and nice. Clean plant and very pretty inside the plant. Potential customers are impressed with all the bling bling. What they don't see is how bad the moral is due to low pay and fleeting benefits. Results in poor quality.

    Cons

    Bad insurance. High premiums and excessively high deductible guarantees that you will pay all year and not recieve any benefit. Work for years with no pay increases.

    Advice to Management

    Leave and get new management. Nothing but turf wars going on between mid-level management and directors.


  4. "Sad but true"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work is easy, coworkers are decent

    Cons

    Don't rock the boat. They would rather build quantity than quality, and actually reward for this. No raises in years, but consistently try to entice workers to stay with a mere promise of a raise somewhere in the future which gets further by the minute, but yet post phenomenal quarterly earnings... It wouldn't be that bad if our insurance was at least decent, takes all year to pay off your deductible, but out of pocket expenses will never make it. I think they base the price of insurance on upper management pay scale. No room for growth unless you lower your idea of quality. They make promises they know they won't keep and then berate the employee for questioning further.

    Advice to Management

    Most places keep their people because either A. The pay is awesome. or B. The insurance is awesome.
    So when both are poorly thought out, a company will see the revolving door swing as people get their experience and leave for better horizons.
    Wake up, before you destroy what used to be a good company to work for.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid!"

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

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

    Pros

    No pros whatsoever- this company LITERALLY has Office Space (the movie) culture.

    Cons

    No raises, no process or structure, no career growth! No one knows what they're doing and pretend like they are. Company is unwilling to invest in equipment and training to support growth. Senior mgmt has no incentive to improve and are very opposed to all changes, team members advocating for improvement consequently burn-out and leave the company. Senior mgmt share nothing about the company's strategy and communicate nothing on how we can differentiate ourselves from competitors, this makes it impossible to feel vested in a broader goal that the company is trying to achieve (if there was any).

    Advice to Management

    Manage by metrics- it's really pretty easy and basic but hardly applied at Sanmina. Set performance targets and leading KPIs to ensure quarterly development. Manage people by metrics. Manage operations by metrics. Manage growth by metrics (nothing is measured in this company//everything is subjective).


  6. "Techincal"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nothing i can think off.

    Cons

    I dont know when it have since dot.com collapsed. Peoples just buy time while looking some where else.
    Every quater report earning have cash flow ,made profit but employee did not get a cents.

    Advice to Management

    Review benifit for employee if you want to keep good peoples. Need to adjust pay raise to compete w.other CM.


  7. "Not a good PLACE !!"

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    Former Employee - Inspector in Owego, NY
    Former Employee - Inspector in Owego, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sanmina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    No pros-- BAD Benefits !! Very expensive !!

    Cons

    Worst place I ever worked. They treat you like slaves, forget home life. They haven't given a raises for last 13 years. Managers tell people on the floor they will never see them again!! They are known for having lots of lay off. They get rid of whole shifts with a lay off, then bring people back as temps and cheaper pay. They are on 20 hours of overtime a lot. This place is all about the money . (Cheap, cheap) They come down on people if they have a disability . ( they will make your life there miserable until you quit ) there attitude is do what I say or there is the door.!! If you get a doctor notice for restriction, they tell you not to come back, or not to come back till your off of them. The place took all CHAIRS away from all the employees, they think people work harder that way . They should look up the proven facts on that !! 10 1/2 hour shifts of standing for most people 6 days a week. The place also came up with a great idea to post a board full of everyone names on it, it tells everyone in the room how great some people are and how terrible other people are. Everyone has there skill sets- some people get the harder work that may take longer, others get gravy. So, yeah, you guessed it , the people with hardly any skills get great numbers, the people on harder work get crapped on !! 1 bad night there makes management want to fire you! The place just is so degrading towards people and don't care. They tell you you will get the holiday , NO U DONT.. I knew of a couple we were told we would have off, then they came back at the last minute and told us we were working all weekend !!! The 2 men running this owego plant is making people run for the doors ! I foresee they will not be in business much longer, they should have never been put in charge of a building, they running it in the ground!! They do not care about people or quality !! They only care about numbers . I truly feel sorry for the company's that count on sanmina for products. They are a very deceitful company . If these company's that count on them only knew !! If you think you will get in there and move up, YOUR WRONG . They keep proving to only bring in people that are related , or know the main guys running the plant. One last thing, YOU REALLY NEED to have a good smart brain for this place!! The work is NOT EASY!! The 2 main men running this plant think everyone can just be a button pusher, this is so FAR from the truth!! They don't know anything or have any attention on listening to people on the floor on how the job are really done.. For the amount of money and the work you would endure, you would be better of at a fast food business , for same amount of money. No one will ever find a future here if you looking for a long time job you think you can count on, they keep getting rid of the people that have knowledge. And they don't get rid of people by evaluations like they should.

    Advice to Management

    Start GIVING A CRAP ABOUT YOUR PEOPLE AND THE COMPANIES YOU DO JOBS FOR !! Start DOING RIGHT BY THEM ALL. QUIT BEING SO DECEITFUL !!!!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sanmina (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people all around you. Many people have been working here for long years so it's nice to have someone around who you can ask questions. Good starting place for new career seekers since its relatively easy since there is less competition with a ton of experience to be gained here.

    Cons

    Company feels very disorganized lacking many standard procedures that I believe are important. New employees barely have any training, they're just shown to their desk and put to work with zero training, much like how I was. Job duties are not distributed properly enough, some people do way too much and some people don't do enough. Your title does not necessarily mean you'll only be doing just that.

    Advice to Management

    The attitude of management here is so wrong. It's cutthroat and aggressive. Management struggles here.


  9. "Unsteady company, jittery employees"

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

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

    Pros

    The people are nice. The company has the infrastructure (policies/practices) that a large corporation must. The constant revolving door of customers gives you an exposure to a lot of technologies & products.

    Cons

    The divisions work like personal fiefdoms of management. Some decisions made can be very emotional/momentary. The work environment is such that every employee is jittery about getting fired. The morale is extremely bad and a lot of emphasis is put on the timings you work than the quality of work. All in all extremely unsatisfactory.

    Advice to Management

    No advice - whats the point anyway.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Production Operator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sanmina full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Indoors. Bathrooms. Some chairs. Great 1970's culture.

    Cons

    Out of touch management. More concerned with numbers than people. Non- competitive benefit package. Bleeding top talent. Product built by a revolving door of low wage temps and aging permanent employees holding on for a year or so until retirement. No raises in years despite good earnings. Substandard equipment. Patronizing management. No engineering/ management support on off shifts. Major emphasis on petty and minor issues while the ship sinks. Most employees work two jobs or get welfare to make ends meet therefore constant turnover. Never. Never recommend for a serious talent that wants to excel in their career or provide for their family. An overall disappointing company that is satisfied with mediocrity.

    Advice to Management

    Fire all top management. Burn the rulebook. Purge the malignant corporate culture. Earn the title of leader. Listen to the experience of your employees and thrive. Continue to neglect your "little" people and perish. It is rotten from within.


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