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Sierra Wireless Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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Sierra Wireless President, CEO, and Director Jason W. Cohenour
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Pros
  • Good working environment - Good resources as far as test bench and computer systems and new products (in 10 reviews)

  • Good teamwork and good team work (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. "Nice company, great benefits"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 :)!


  2. Helpful (4)

    "good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    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


  3. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "Hardware Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Positive employee oriented company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits
    Nice working environment
    Employees are happy
    Employee oriented strategy
    Profitable

    Cons

    Constant Changes - Although this is also the reason Sierra continues to be the industry leader!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value the top performers!


  7. "No room for growth for entry level positions."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Analyst in Newark, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere at the Newark location is very close and employees here are very respectful and team oriented.

    Cons

    The compensations and raises they give anually/yearly is way below the average market. As an employee working here for almost 5 years my total raise from my starting pay to what I earn now has been $0.75!

    Advice to Management

    Be open to suggestions from all levels to help improve certain departments. Help appoint leads very all departments and motivate employees with better compensation and promotional opportunities.


  8. "Nice people, bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, sharing of knowledge. Flexible work hours and respect for each other. No trouble makers, atleast among the engineers.

    Cons

    Sr Mgmt has no respect for the engineers. There is no direction and maturity of projects.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees, and know what you are up to.


  9. "Excellent company to work at!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance II in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance II in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. The company works with cutting edge technology. Free health, vision, and dental insurance.

    Cons

    The commute may be a long one since the office is located in Carlsbad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!!!


  10. "Validation Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 :).


  11. Helpful (4)

    "One for the record books"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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