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Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) Reviews

Updated June 26, 2017
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Pros
  • health insurance; free breakfast; free coffee; some discount on offsite fitness (in 30 reviews)

  • Supermicro is a fast growing company in the current IT industry and the company is still running by both founder and co-founder (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "6 day work week expected of everyone..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server and Storage Products in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Server and Storage Products in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very sharp people work at superMicro

    Cons

    You are expected to work 6 days a week, They will not hire people with small children because it takes away from your work responsibilities. They actually turned down great potential hire that everyone wanted to hire just because he said he was looking for a company that offered work life balance The hiring manager said to me "find me someone that is single, can do the job, will work for nothing and we can drive into the ground..." "I don't want to hire some that's better than me and can take my job. If I lose my job then you will lose your too.." That is the running norm at SuperMicro

    Advice to Management

    Your Directors and Managers are not hiring the best because they are afraid of hiring people better than themselves, or who can do a better job and they will get outted... That's why your senoir people are leaving...


  2. Helpful (7)

    "It has ups and down."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. The benefits are pretty good and better than most bigger companies.
    2. Free bread every morning? lol
    3. Stable job but not very exciting.
    4. I believe in the company's vision.
    5. Upper level management has solid goals and leadership.

    Cons

    1. You are expected to be at work after hours even when it is absolutely not necessary just for "face time".
    2. Depending on what department you work for, it can be great or it can be hell.
    3. Some employees can be quite aggressive in their attitude.
    4. Most people aren't that helpful unless they are your "friends". It's like pulling teeth sometimes.
    5. Turn over is pretty high for younger employees. The culture isn't a match to most millennials.
    6. Parking can be lacking at times.
    7. A lot of legacy workers that I feel don't do much but just milk the system until their retirement. Pulling a lot of dead weight.
    8. A proper performance review system is quite lacking. Most big companies do vertical reviews as well as lateral reviews.
    9. Work life balance isn't the greatest. I feel that if you take time off, you are judged for it.

    Advice to Management

    Go in depth in each department and see who is really doing the work and who isn't. A lot of resentment is created by lazy employees causing the hard working ones to leave.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Long Working Hours and Shady Company Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Supermicro has great health coverage and lots of people from different countries(Taiwan, China, Vietnam, etc.) to interact with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately as a salaried employee, I am required to work 55 hours per week(9am-8pm on weekdays, and 10:30am-3:30pm on Saturday). These hours would be acceptable there were alot of projects to complete, however there is often little to do and I find myself with an unbalanced work life.
    The real problem with the company is the competitive culture fostered by upper management. The CEO believes that having different teams competing with each other will improve performance. However, this results in the teams stealing ideas from each other to get ahead and creates distrust within each department. This problem further exacerbates productivity in that each group cannot ask another group for help or access to their existing/old projects. I can finish projects much faster and with better quality if I had resources from my coworkers. Instead, I feel like I am always reinventing the wheel.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking the salaried employees to work Saturdays when there is nothing to do and kill the cutthroat competition within the company. We're supposed to be working together, not against each other.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Production Engineer Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Engineer Technician in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Production Engineer Technician in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) (More than a year)

    Pros

    Don't recommend to work in this company, too strong Asian culture.

    Cons

    A public company with tiny manufacturer management. Unclear job boundary and responsibility, just follow top leading to do everything, wasting human resource. Fast is everything even if without follow SOP.


  5. "Software engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    job security, well paid, growing business, ambitious product plan

    Cons

    seniority plays a role in management
    senior employees are paid much higher then junior ones


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Server Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Server Technician in San Lorenzo, CA
    Current Employee - Server Technician in San Lorenzo, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fast growth company
    - Decent benefit plans
    - Gain lots of experience

    Cons

    - Most of the managers are not qualify
    - Lots of OT, long term stress
    - hardly to get promoted even you deserved a high position


  7. "Application Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Free dinner
    * Nice people
    * Great place to learn new technology

    Cons

    * lack of team building event

    Advice to Management

    Talk to member more team building event

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Validation Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Validation Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Free breakfast
    2. Free dinner if you stay late
    3. Mandarin friendly speaking company
    4. Company runs like a startup, so you get to experience things that are outside of your job scope.

    Cons

    1. Company runs like a startup.
    2. No work-life balance.
    3. Always last minute or on rush. The company misuses the word, urgent.
    4. Not enough resource provided for work.
    5. Too many unskilled/outdated engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Hours present at your work does not correspond to quality of work. Too many employees are present at work just to show their faces to the management. Value the hard working skilled employees.


  9. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good work opportunity for people

    Cons

    no match in 401K; work and life not balance


  10. Helpful (6)

    "manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro) (More than a year)

    Pros

    stock options, bonus, free breakfast and free dinner box after 7 pm

    Cons

    Micromanagement, bad internal communication.Lack of sufficient info and direction when being assigned to tasks and no structured procedure to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Fire bad employees, and reward good employees.


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