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Sierra Wireless Reviews

Updated August 1, 2017
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Sierra Wireless President, CEO, and Director Jason W. Cohenour
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  • 600Mil/Year yet our office is in middle of nowhere with an old design (in 3 reviews)

  • Growth opportunity can be limited in certain positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Validation Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good working environment, good team.

    Cons

    Lack of promotion tunnel for staffs.

    Sierra Wireless Response

    Mar 8, 2017 – Senior HR Advisor

    Thanks! We’ve got a great team here :).


  2. "Nice company, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Marietta, GA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Marietta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sierra Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Great Learning Environment, excellent benefits

    Cons

    Home office is in Canada

    Sierra Wireless Response

    Mar 8, 2017 – Senior HR Advisor

    Happy to hear you’re enjoying your time with us :)!

  3. Helpful (5)

    "One for the record books"

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

    Pros

    Great healthcare plan, great HR staff

    Cons

    In my opinion, this company should be used as an example for law makers to draw up an employee bill of rights or somehow for unions to regain their former popularity. At one point, on average, 1 person was fired every 2 weeks. The CEO/COO perpetuated a corporate culture of fear.

    This type of environment, which starts at the stop, results in a ripple effect throughout the rest of the company. The people that survived are incredibly judgmental, would constantly talk and skype about each other and on numerous occasions racist remarks could be heard from management and employees alike. Salaries were below average, pay raises non-existent unless your position/title changed, you were required to work federal holidays without being paid time and a half and required to be on standby and take calls in the middle of the night and weekends without any compensation. This was justified as being part of the job and in line with being an exempt employee.

    This is one horrific company to work for but this is just one person’s opinion based on recent and actual experience.

    Advice to Management

    Please retire


  4. "IT Technician"

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

    I worked at Sierra Wireless full-time

    Pros

    Great health benefits. Supportive team willing to help each other succeed.

    Cons

    Poor management and lack of promotions given for employees working their hardest for you.

    Advice to Management

    Provided weekly or monthly 1:1 meetings with employees to help provide feedback so the employee can stretch and grow. Yearly reviews aren't enough


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sad to see it's gone"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends

    I worked at Sierra Wireless (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company had a lot of smart, talented people. Unfortunately, the economic downturn a few years ago put too much pressure on them and they became a prime target for a takeover. The company that acquired them did a great job during the transition but they ended up they closing several of the locations/offices.

    Cons

    Since the global headquarters was in France, opportunities for advancement could be limited.


  6. "Firmware Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Management seems to care, and you have lots of opportunity to learn new things. Works are challenging though, but the are available resources within your team usually .

    Cons

    not much growth opportunity or promotion

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value the engineers


  7. Helpful (4)

    "good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Richmond, CA

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    long hours work, even not so often

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits
    Good working environment - Good resources as far as test bench and computer systems and new products
    Gym (Basic)
    Interesting work, ability to research and improve your skills

    Cons

    Training was a weak spot: We wound up reading manuals and spent a lot of time trying to figure things out ourselves or trying to re-invent the wheel

    Advice to Management

    Overall a positive experience, but more work on a consistent training program would help considerably


  9. "Hardware Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of through technical work even though it was a small company with smaller teams end product was of very high quality

    Cons

    moderate pace of growth for the business units

    Advice to Management

    provide more training to the tech teams


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Very flexible company, great vacation time, casual, great health insurance.

    Cons

    Pay was a little on the low side


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