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SeaLevel Systems Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  1. "Facts Don't Lie"

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    Current Employee - President in Liberty, SC
    Current Employee - President in Liberty, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very low turnover rate, above average compensation and benefits, high quality work environment, competent and accountable management team, and overwhelmingly positive results on anonymous employee surveys. All of this information is available to any prospective employee, please ask when considering Sealevel.

    Cons

    We are a small, family owned business and that may not be for everyone. Know that going in, and please appropriately weigh the disgruntled opinions of terminated employees to seek a balanced opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Contact me any time to discuss culture, strategy, benefits and/or any other topic, my door is always open.

    President
    Sealevel Systems, Inc.
    (this site won't let me post my email address, but you can easily find it on our website)


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Most Disfunctional Dictatorship Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is no reason for anyone to go to work for this company

    Cons

    Pay increases (maybe) every two years. But, yearly only for the company ownerships relatives or favorites. Most of the company is made up of relatives or "family" friends of the private ownership. The "family" occupies all Senior Leadership positions - of which the titles are only a formality to over pay the family member for the position. The "family" drives A8 Audis, Maserati's, E-Class Mercedes, and Escalades. Whiles the workforce barely scrapes by. The "family" takes huge bonus' out of the business and huge pay increases yearly. The business is run like in internment camp as the family treats the employees like they own them. The wage base has not been looked at in years and the "board of directors" <Family> insure that they are the only ones with the SIX FIGURE incomes. The employees get their healthcare paid for, but have to pay 100% of the premium for their own family. This is done so ownership will not have to reduce their bonus system or massive take home pay. This cost the employees benefits over $1200 per month just to have basic insurance for their wife and children. This is a horrible, horrible dysfunctional place to work. This is a short term job for anyone with more than 1/2 a brain.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone that is not a relative to run the business. Pay people to the market rate, pay some toward the insurance premiums. Reduce the incestuous way the "family" runs the business. Get the "family" out of key positions and just pay them to be relatives instead of making decision. Keep the family out of the building and begin to run it like a business and not a place for the "family" to hang out until payday. Get a real manager and business person to run the business, not a "silver spoon" family member.

  3. "Director of Operations"

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    Former Employee - Director in Liberty, SC
    Former Employee - Director in Liberty, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    small company can move fast and make decisions fast.

    Cons

    family politics impossible to read or predict. decisions are not made based on the company's best interests, but rather the ego and whim of the President. No long term plan in mind as the niche market they serve dries up.

    Advice to Management

    invest in sales and plan ahead.


  4. "Don't be lured in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SeaLevel Systems full-time

    Pros

    Clean, modern building. Some employees very nice and professional

    Cons

    Tremendous turnover because of backstabbing unprofessional activity.

    Advice to Management

    They know why there is turnover but do not care. You can check the website over a period of time and see who is still there.


  5. "Not a recommended place to stay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    It's a growing company and at the same time is really a small company so you get to know everyone. I wouldn't call Sealevel's products cutting edge as it's basically making IO converters and rugged computers. Nothing amazing to write home about but it's a niche space that it excels at.

    Cons

    The problem is the management.

    When I worked there, I got blamed for not using the right revision of a part that was in inventory. The thing was, I was a recent graduate and there were no design reviews with the senior engineer nor did anyone tell me to use that part. Basically, I was a scapegoat in all of this as nobody wanted to take responsibility. This led to a disciplinary action where management gave me an ultimatum. Either succeed in the next project or find a new job. This was said to me in front of HR and another senior engineer in a private room. So of course I raised my sleeves and was ready to show them what I could do.

    Then for the next few months, I worked on one custom design with minimal help, which my job was depended upon, and was mostly successful. I even wrote some test code to exercise the hardware which nobody asked me to do. For the first iteration, I got everything to work and just needed some extra caps to clean up some signal (need to spin another board because there weren't pads there). For a first pass of a PCB design, it was more than satisfactory. However, I was still shown to the door AFTER I had done all the debugging and testing.

    I would think a verbal agreement is considered a LEGAL obligation and I probably could have tried to sue Sealevel systems. To be frank, I was very disappointed in the shady management practices but you have to remember that it's a small, family owned company. This is why nepotism, especially in management, is a bad idea because those individuals are not typically qualified to be managing. Oh, and because it is such a small company, good luck trying to move up. That is NOT going to happen. Look elsewhere if you want that.

    My firing, however, was actually a blessing in disguise as I found much better opportunities and much more lucrative. Now that I have gotten significant experience in the industry, I look back and shiver at the thought of working at a place like that again. No amount of money could ever make me work at Sealevel.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect


  6. "Great local growing company!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Liberty, SC
    Recommends

    Pros

    Above average industry pay, profit sharing, insurance benefits, almost everyone is friendly and fun to work with, nice events for the employees throughout the year.

    Cons

    1 or 2 hard to get along with coworkers but besides that, nothing noteworthy. You will work hard but Sealevel will reward you. Regardless of your background, it takes at least a year to fully comprehend what Sealevel's products do.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication and improve training program for new hires. Consider having a new employee work spend time with various departments to better understand business.


  7. "Be aware of working here. Probably only for fresh graduates to get some experience but that's all."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Small business like atmosphere so there's no bureacracy that gets in the way of getting things done like you see in big companies.

    Cons

    No room to grow or advance in career and pretty lousy pay compared to what's out there. The "president" of the company is a guy who couldn't make it on his own and acts like a big shot to run the place like a dictatorship. This place has had high turnover rate.