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TP-LINK Reviews

Updated November 21, 2017
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Pros
  • good company with great people and great work enviroment, and good support from the senior (in 3 reviews)

  • snacks and free lunch on friday (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Everything you have read here about the HQ employees versus the US employees is dead on (in 6 reviews)

  • A very hostile work environment where your Chinese managment team doesn't understand how to do business in America (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TP-LINK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers in the research and tech team are incredibly nice.

    Cons

    Need to sign in when you arrive and leave


  2. Helpful (9)

    "TP-Link is a Dumpster Fire"

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    Former Employee - Director, Executive Management in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Director, Executive Management in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks. Their pay is compelling (initially). Their base pay and total package starts off appearing very attractive. Once you are in position however, the goals they hand out are unattainable and reduce the associates earning potential.

    Cons

    TP-Link is highly dysfunctional in the US. That dysfunction is a byproduct of the executive management running the US. They change direction every few months and have created distrust with their partners. They hire new people, and then lay them off in a matter of months. There is no consistency except dysfunction.

    TP-Link will NEVER be a player in the B2B space. Their channel partners don't trust them. Trying to get anything done collaboratively is a constant uphill battle. Work their and you will be the Sisyphus of the IT channel.

    Unless you are MALE and from CHINA, you will never be listened to or valued. TP-Link's HR might say "That isn't true. We value people. We listen". Look at all of the reviews. They all say the same thing. TP-Link is the worst place I have ever worked in my career.

    However, if you are a MALE from CHINA, then definitely seek TP-Link out. Your path to promotion is already set and waiting for you.

    Advice to Management

    Completely change out your executive management from China to the US. I know they have just promoted their EVP to King of TP-Link USA or something, however they are just a 'Yes Man' who does what they are told and doesn't offer any original thoughts of their own. They have proven that they do not have any idea what they're doing. They have created a horrible place to work and do not have a strategy that will allow them to grow.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "no growth path or future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TP-LINK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    snacks and free lunch on friday
    competitive salaries and benefits

    Cons

    leadership is severely lacking - local hired leadership is very unprofessional meanwhile the true decision makers are all from HQ. everything everyone has posted is true! there is no real career path if you're not from china or a MALE. females will not be taken seriously and HQ employees will not listen.

    HR is a joke and majority of the rumors stem from them. They can't even do basic HR functions like provide payroll ON TIME or keep confidential information confidential.

    local directors and leadership is a complete joke. directors were randomly promoted to senior directors with no proper justifications. managers and directors are constantly bickering and use various bullying tactics to demand and get what they want.

    TP-Link recently undergone a round of layoffs despite handing out multiple promotions through the organization - one second its layoffs the next second people are getting promoted. it makes no sense! there is no clear growth path in any department here.

    The company has no clear direction or strategy. i would not recommend this place for anyone. do not take any offers or opportunities here seriously, you've been warned!

    Advice to Management

    get new leadership and let locals actually do the jobs you hired them to do. allow for equal opportunities from local employees not just employees from china.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Unless you desperately need a job, dont go there!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks and free snacks and free snacks

    Cons

    Long hours, average pay, and below average benefits are bad enough. However, this is not why you should not work here. There is no onboarding, there is no leadership, and there is no rhyme or reason as to why anything is and is not approved. Well, there is a reason, the bottleneck is everything goes through the CEO. 95% of all employees are very unhappy. If you are considering, going there, ask why turnover is so high,

    Advice to Management

    Give some direction and respect to your employees


  5. Helpful (5)

    "green grass doesn't exist at TP-Link"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TP-LINK full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Compared to other "tech companies" within the industry, it's alright.

    Cons

    No effort from management to make things better. 100% honesty based on my recent observation is that management don't seem to care. They are forced care or at least try to pretend because of the recent GlassDoor reviews. As result you'll only get a lackadaisical effort at best. Direction is still muddy, and more politics are brewing in the background. From what I can see TP-Link had just went from "unhealthy" to "hazardous."

    Advice to Management

    2018 will be difficult.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "terrible and toxic, cross this place off your list"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TP-LINK full-time

    Pros

    Snacks and drinks. Some good people who actually have experience and know how to do their jobs.

    Cons

    If you are not male and Chinese, you are not valued here and will not get raises, bonuses or promoted. The turnover rate is high and the job satisfaction level is extremely low. Everything you have read here about the HQ employees versus the US employees is dead on. Regardless of your experience and knowledge, you will not be able to impact the companies success becuase you don't matter unless you are a Chinese male from HQ.

    A very hostile work environment where your Chinese managment team doesn't understand how to do business in America. The senior leadership team is a joke. They don't have enough experience or business acumen to run a business in the US market.

    This is the absolute worst place I have ever worked. Don't be fooled, you will hate your work life if you take a job here. Trust me, there are not enough free snacks or free lunches to make up for the misery you will encounter working here.

    Advice to Management

    Giving advice to management is a waste of time and effort. They don't care and have no plan to change their ways.

    TP-LINK Response

    Nov 6, 2017 – Human Resources Manager

    To say that an employee must be Chinese or male to receive raises, bonuses or promotions is simply not true. Employees ARE valued here and ALL employees are rewarded for their good performance... More


  7. Helpful (10)

    "There is a reason for so many recent negative reviews"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TP-LINK full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch on Friday, but those have been declining in quality
    Snacks

    Cons

    Due to the hight number of negative reviews on this site, employees obviously don't have an escalation path or feel like their voices are being heard. Your concerns will not go past the "EVP" who manages the region.

    There seems to be no logic or reason on job promotions and raises. Job titles across the company need to be standardized and re-leveled. People who have no business being managers, directors or even senior directors are abundant.

    No clear or consistent strategy or direction. Don't worry if you don't agree or see the logic, it will change on whim without being informed or with in-depth thought.

    Advice to Management

    The company does have the ability to hire some very talented employees; however, most of them leave within a year to two years after being frustrated by the Chinese culture and micromanagement.

    Employees from China need to have clear and defined job descriptions. It would be beneficial to have them report to Americas verse other employees from HQ. This would submerse them in the US culture and business environment. Instead it creates an "us vs them" work environment.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "A joke"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Dimas, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in San Dimas, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free grub Friday’s
    Fun environment
    Tried to be like google
    Casual dress
    Inexperienced managers can be a pro since they don’t know how to manage you

    Cons

    Basically if you’re not from China you won’t be compensated fairly or taken seriously.
    Ask for goals and objective since they will NOT give you any then when raises come around you get ZIP but your boss rolls up in a new car.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to Americans


  9. Helpful (10)

    "a very bad place unless you are from China"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TP-LINK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get payed every 2 weeks if they don't screw up the pay checks. They use to have breakfast everyday and lunch on Fridays. Now they just have some snacks and Friday lunch but better than nothing.

    Cons

    Horrible work environment and leadership is very bad. Like alot of reviews have already said, the Chinese HQ guys run the show and call all the shots even though there not qualified and don't have as much experience as the people they are managing. If you are not from China you will be very stressed out all the time trying to make up for the people who don't know what there doing while you worry that you will be fired or layed off because you will get blamed for their mistakes. Very stressful and does not matter how good you are at your job. If the Chinese HQ guys do not like you, your life here will be a living h3ll. Americans are the scapegoats for everything that goes wrong even if they warned the Chinese HQ guys that there actions are not good business. They dont care and will do anything to cover up their mistakes and pass blame on to the Americans.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking the Americans how to do things if your not going to listen anyways. Send all the HQ people back to China and let people do their work without micro managing.


  10. Helpful (11)

    "So bad, worse then you could ever imagine"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TP-LINK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Allowance for snacks in the lunchroom.

    Cons

    TP-Link is a Chinese company that is run by Chinese boys (there is no female leadership) with no idea how to run a business in the US. These junior level inexperienced uni grads who have been "recruited" from China and then get shipped to the US from HQ. These kids have zero work experience, cultural knowledge and understanding of the US, have no basic grooming/ hygiene, lack social skills and thrown into the American offices to manage the experienced American hires. I am sure you can guess how enticing a work environment that makes.

    The Chinese teams don't listen to the Americans and do whatever they want. When everything fails, the Chinese then blame the Americans. It is so messed up. Basic concepts to run a business are completely unknown to the leadership teams - both Chinese and Americans.

    Random layoffs and firings and then people get hired again. They obviously have no idea wtf they are doing if they fire you one month and then bring you back a month later.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the pathetic Chinese boys as management. Let the experienced Americans do what they were hired to do so that the company will succeed. Or just keep doing what Amazon tells you because your current sales team will never get into any national retailers anyways.


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