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Symmetricom President, CEO, and Director David G. (Dave) Côté
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symmetricom (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Excellent technology
    2. smart people
    3. Solid industries
    4. Provide Timing for the World
    5. Great teamwork

    Cons

    1. Bought out
    2. Don't know what to do with CSAC
    3. Good people left
    4. With acquisition, top executives were laid off
    5. After acquisition, lack of direction


  2. "Mostly good"

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist IV in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist IV in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symmetricom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, flexibility, lots of learning opportunities. Location was convenient for me...of course maybe not for others (your mileage may vary).

    Cons

    Although I learned a lot, management was very slow to offer an opportunity to advance. Also, while most people were enjoyable...there were some real middle management attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say here as the company was sold to Microsemi shortly after I left. Hope ya'll are doing well!

  3. "As an employee"

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    Former Employee - Senior Payroll Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Payroll Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Symmetricom (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Use to be a great place to work. Towards the last few years I hated going to work due to management.

    Cons

    Big issue between payroll & HR

    Advice to Management

    Business sold in 213, therefore we all lost our jobs


  4. "Tech"

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    Former Employee - Tech in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Tech in Beverly, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee orientated,lots of food and social events.

    Cons

    Lower pay scale,minimal career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  5. "Poor Management and Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Beverly, MA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Beverly, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was a ton of overtime but it became expected, to the point that it was frowned upon if a person didn't stay more than two hours a day OT.

    Cons

    Human resources and management ignored blatant personnel infractions including bullying, sabotage, on the job intoxication, and mishandling of toxic materials.

    No monetary incentive other that overtime, no employee profit sharing or bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Stop ignoring the issues. Provide employee incentive programs. Hold employees accountable for bad behavior.


  6. "VP Sales"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Symmetricom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company was the number one in the niche Frequency and Timing solution around the world. Amazing technology in precision clocks, and impressive customer base of marquee accounts around the world.

    Cons

    Stock was flat for too long a time.


  7. "Nice and friendly atmosphere, but very slow and too relaxed...."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people
    Smaller company so better communication among members within team/group

    Cons

    Compensation could be better
    Kind of slow-paced... good place to retire, but not start a career
    Issues with meeting deadlines (seemed to happen quite often)

    Advice to Management

    Less politics, better goal setting

  8. "Great technology, painful ending"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Absolutely outstanding technology. Opportunity to make a difference at the company and in the world.

    Cons

    Difficulty executing. Culture at times complacent. Too many special projects for one-off customers.

    Advice to Management

    Accelerate exit from traditional telecom. PTP will only get you so far. Invest in new technologies leveraging physics capabilities.


  9. "Great experience."

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    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in San Jose, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits. Learned a lot.

    Cons

    Acquired by Microsemi Corp in November 2013.


  10. "Purchased by Microsemi"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Symmetricom was a nice place to work--with people who worked hard and were good at what they do.

    Cons

    Since being acquired by the new company, things are somewhat unsettled and the culture is in flux.


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