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TP-LINK Reviews

Updated January 29, 2018
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Pros
  • snacks and free lunch on friday (in 5 reviews)

  • Less pressure, nice working environment (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • females will not be taken seriously and HQ employees will not listen (in 4 reviews)

  • No strategy, more then sell big volumes to low prices (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Open, Growing Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Dimas, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    TP-LINK USA is very pro-employee with an open communication environment. Their benefits and salaries are very competitive and their provide lots of perks.

    Cons

    The company has a start-up feel to it so employees working here must be confident in their skills and abilities and enjoy working in fast-paced, creative environment.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Not recommended! No direction, POOR management. DEAD END!"

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

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

    Pros

    Free lunch on Fridays (Diminishing perk)
    Free Coffee & Snacks (Don't see this lasting long either)

    Cons

    This company is terrible. Management is inexperienced, has no strategy. and possess terrible communication skills. Everyone in power positions are puppets, placed in position from China HQ because of their nationality, not talent. Most of them can't even communicate in English properly. American management has no real say but are given all the blame. Business ethics and morals are severally lacking. Do not plan to stay here long if you take a position. If you haven't seen it for the "Dumpster fire" it is, then you will after they lay you off for no reason. They let go of real talent without even knowing it, and replace them with people straight from China with no experience working in the US. There is no Standard Operating Procedure for any position or process. You will have to learn everything on the fly, they will toss you in the deep end and force you to fend for yourself. They will set you up for failure. Processes will change randomly at anytime without you knowing. Any mistakes or bumps in the road will be blamed on you. Your manager will not be able to back you up because they DO NOT listen to anyone that is not from China HQ. All recent negative reviews are 100% accurate, any others are FALSE. It's a DEAD END. TURN BACK and RUN!

    Advice to Management

    This is AMERICA! Your Chinese ways will NOT work here. We work hard and like to be compensated for our hard work. We do not appreciate being disrespected. Hire, listen and KEEP your talented American workers. Stop placing random Chinese employees from HQ in management positions. COMMUNICATE with your employees!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not for everyone.."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I have worked at TP-Link for over a year and have had an overall positive experience. I will say that those who come from very corporate, long-established companies many not appreciate the “startup” environment TP-Link has to offer. Everyone’s experience is different, however TP-Link’s unconventional way of doing things is a perfect fit for someone like me who enjoys always being challenged and likes to think outside the box. Things change day-to-day and it keeps the work interesting. Yes - there have been some recent adjustments and re-organization to the business. Change is inevitable in a startup culture. Yes- being a CHINESE owned company there is obviously some influence from our Global HQ in China. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.

    Cons

    Startup mentality means you have to be able to adjust and adapt to change, otherwise you will not enjoy working here.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "If you’re not Chinese and born in china- run!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    30 dollars of snacks and beverages every two weeks

    Free lunch Fridays

    Free gym membership

    Up to 50% Employee discounts

    Cons

    HQ China people are VERY Junior and are intimidated with people that have more experience that are local USA.

    They don’t provide any info from HQ- if you are not from China, you will be in the dark on most stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Finally listen to your COO who is not from China.

    Send HQ people/manager/directors who don’t understand pricing, product managment or marketing. They are costing the company money and blame everyone else for their mistakes.


  5. "Good Company"

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    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


  6. Helpful (16)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "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


  9. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (13)

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

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    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.


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