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Sharp Laboratories Reviews

Updated Apr 2, 2019

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  1. "Video Coding Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Sharp Laboratories

    Pros

    Great team and management, very eager to listen to inputs from Interns

    Cons

    Financial Stability of Company and Lack of Investment from Parent Company

    Sharp Laboratories2016-03-22
  2. "Recent takeover has organization on path to closure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Sharp Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Good location near major city with easy access/commute - Entrepreneurial mindset across most of the organization - Largely project-based organization affords relative autonomy in research planning

    Cons

    - Recent takeover has largely gutted the organization - Relatively low turnover in upper management limits injection and adoption of fresh thinking and innovation - Minimal focus on exploring/implementing best practices. - Priority misalignment with Japan-based headquarters/funding sources creates friction, instability, and employee frustration - What was once a good company, is now just a shell of its former self....

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    Advice to Management

    Put down your violins...time to jump ship.

    Sharp Laboratories2018-01-11
  3. "Back Stabbing management and Politics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sharp Laboratories for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. But even the benefits are now being cut. . The team in Camas created some excellent products including the Sharp security Robot.

    Cons

    The Camas site was closed and the Orange County CA remained open. even though the group in OC has produced little except for one canceled project after another. Management in OC doesn't care about the people.

    Sharp Laboratories2017-07-31
  4. "Transitional stage company"

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    Current Employee - California in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Sharp Laboratories

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible work scheduling, excellent staff, and small company atmosphere. You can work on technology and see it in use by consumers quickly which is rewarding. People are diverse and support each other in good times and in tough times.

    Cons

    Sharp had a series of money losing years and didn't take action quickly enough leading to the takeover by Foxconn. They are pragmatic and want to restore Sharp brand and profitability but resulted in painful cuts to projects and staff. Those that remain however have good prospects with stronger funding and much larger worldwide operations. The ability of pivot to new products and markets is key.

    Advice to Management

    Take on good projects and staff fully. Rethink processes and incentives to encourage risk taking and rewards. Reduce meaningless work vestiges left over from the past to free up time for innovation.

    Sharp Laboratories2016-10-30
  5. "Product Planning Manager"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

      I worked at Sharp Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      Great, talented and professional people

      Cons

      Not much room for new opportunities

      Sharp Laboratories2016-10-19
    • "Senior Researcher"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Sharp Laboratories full-time

        Pros

        work is not very stressful, work time is flexible

        Cons

        company does not have way to motivate its employees

        Sharp Laboratories2016-09-28
      • "Hon Hai takeover has ruined the place"

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        Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Camas, WA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook

        I worked at Sharp Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Highly skilled and experienced team of individuals throughout the organization. Dedicated to delivering quality research and development across a wide variety of technical areas. Opportunity to create your own area of expertise and develop your own research.

        Cons

        Lack of clear and consistent direction from Parent organization. Recent takeover by Hon Hai is causing great stress and most folks are simply waiting for their severance package. Too bad because this place has great people and great resources. My low ratings reflect the present situation. I would not recommend this place my friend or even my enemies.

        Advice to Management

        You did your best to keep the organization alive. Forget about Hon Hai and SHARP and move on. That is what the rank and file wll do once we get terminated.

        Sharp Laboratories2016-10-09
      • "Somewhat stale environment, but there are some great people"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA
          Negative Outlook

          I have been working at Sharp Laboratories full-time for more than 5 years

          Pros

          Good pay and benefits. A lot of great co-workers - work can be fun, not just work. Some incredibly smart people.

          Cons

          Environment feels a little stale. Lack of real leadership. Corporate management decision-making can leave you scratching your head. A lot of innovation that never goes anywhere (no link to product, projects worked on for years, then fizzle).

          Advice to Management

          Communicate to staff. Be "real". Actively manage projects and kill the ones that aren't going anywhere. Make the tough decisions, not just the easy ones.

          Sharp Laboratories2016-06-30
        • "Great division to work for, unfortunately part of a company in trouble"

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          Former Employee - Senior Manager 
          Doesn't Recommend
          Negative Outlook

          I worked at Sharp Laboratories full-time for more than 8 years

          Pros

          Great, talented colleagues Interesting and challenging projects Good work/life balance Competitive compensation and benefits Avoided mass layoffs or pay cuts despite parent company's problems (through good leadership)

          Cons

          Parent company (Sharp) has lost several billion dollars over the last few years, with no end in sight Retention is too good; poor performers are not challenged to improve or managed out of the organization leaving others to pick up their slack

          Advice to Management

          Convince Sharp to spin the lab off into it's own company, or better yet find another company to buy it

          Sharp Laboratories2016-05-14
        • "Director New Business Development"

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          Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camas, WA
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          Neutral Outlook

          I have been working at Sharp Laboratories full-time for more than 10 years

          Pros

          Good people, company culture and ability to innovate

          Cons

          Limited opportunities for advancement, no great perks.

          Sharp Laboratories2016-04-07
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