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UTStarcom Reviews

Updated January 19, 2017
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  1. "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Accounts in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Accounts in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best salary
    Best environment
    Care for employee
    Best benefits
    Best flexible env

    Cons

    China focused
    Not forecast
    Negative revenue


  2. "Sr. FAE Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Telecom FAE Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom FAE Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Atmosphere in this company is good. No too much pressure, good balance between work and life. It's a good place if you don't have too much ambition.

    Cons

    The peak of utstarcom passed away. I can't see the good expectation of it. Only access network devices left in it's product line, which are not competitive in this field.

    Advice to Management

    It is better to find new product line. Set clear goals. It sounds obvious, but too many managers simply tread water or get pulled in too many directions instead of figuring out what the most important things for them to achieve are and focusing there. Try this exercise: Pretend it’s a year from now. Looking back on the previous 12 months, what would you need to have accomplished for it to have been a successful year? After you’ve figured that out, make those things your concrete goals for the coming months. Write them out, form plans to achieve them, and then be disciplined about sticking to them.


  3. "Neutral"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The compensation was great for a North American sales rep.

    Cons

    The company doesn't know how to sell to North American customers- at all.


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  5. "Many missed opportunities."

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    Former Employee - Software Designer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Software Designer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It paid well, but was very frustrating, in that direction changed dramatically every few months.

    Cons

    Different branches of the company often worked against each other.
    No one criticized the company, or critiqued our performance. This was not openly discouraged by management, but it was also never, ever done.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest with employees.


  6. "Never ending Layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Tools, Good local team

    Cons

    Over extended themselves in early 2000's and had nothing but product line sales and layoffs since.

    Team in US was not respected and software developed in US was taken to create competing products in China including overall framework and individual features with no corresponding return of features

    Management switched from a highly respectable Hong Lu to been counters concerned only with the stock price and not with product integrity and company productivity

    Rather than leveraging two teams working on the same types of products they let them run independently resulting in neither product being a success.

    Advice to Management

    Your work is all in China now, might as well keep it that way.


  7. "Not satisfing"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good location hard working lower management.

    Cons

    Chineese management. Lies and deception

    Advice to Management

    Company will shutdown if continued this way.


  8. "Frustrating"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay, normal hours for type of business
    Nice building
    Decent benifits
    Some good technology

    Cons

    Total lack of competance of management. Just look at how they ran the company into the ground. Could not decide what type of business they truely wanted to be in.
    Did not utilize their aquisitions. Paid a lot of money and then squandered them away.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the sand. Stop listining to people that only have a political agenda.


  9. "Very technically challenging and fast paced environment !"

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    Former Employee - Team Lead in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Team Lead in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. Regular Brainstorming sessions
    2. No politics
    3. Employee friendly
    4. Accesible Management

    Cons

    1. average Salary
    2. Hard hit by recession


  10. ""interesting" while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    * It was a consistent pay check

    * Interesting core technologies

    * Worked with some very nice people and explored two new cultures

    Cons

    On my first day, as I was being given the tour of buildings, I noticed a sign posted on an office that read "IRS Visitors". I wondered why the IRS would have a designated office. They were still occupying that office, when I left a few years later.

    Only focused on the markets in China and India.

    Advice to Management

    For the US team - Enjoy your parachutes

    For the China team - Enjoy your flight back home and good luck


  11. "Run if you have any common sense.............."

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    Former Employee - The Puppet Show in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - The Puppet Show in Alameda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, the people at UTStarcom are great to work with from the U.S., India, China, Mexico, South America and Europe (excluding Senior Management). The pay and benefits are good compared to other companies in the same industry. If you are working for a good manager; it's a good place to work. However, if you have a BAD manager it could really suck......

    Cons

    Senior Leadership (CEO,COO, CFO) put too much trust in senior management (Sr. VP, VP,etc..) to make personnel decisions and strategy during this tight economy. These are the same senior managers (Sr. VP, VP, etc.) who in most cases travel 80% of the time to meetings, outings, etc. on the company dime and the remaining 20% of the time working from home or attending to vacation.

    So, how can they make an informed decision on personnel reductions; if they really don't know their own staff members within their organization and physically show up in the office.

    In my opinion, the overall strategy is to off-shore all operations to China and India for pennies; while the Senior Leadership team cash in on stock and bonuses $$$$$$.......

    I've seen very competent, educated and qualified employees being part of reduction in force because senior management is protecting and fostering personal relationships with selective employees; instead of making informed decisions for the best interest of the organization.

    At the end of the day; if you out shine your senior management, you are consider a threat and would be terminated (Reduction in Force) or transfered out... However, if you are a person to take orders and never challenge or question management, this is the place for you to work and perhaps retire........

    Advice to Management

    You really need to evaluate your HR team skill set and the frequent promotions handed out to a very selective group of individuals who are part of the good old boys network!! The ultimate question, "How can you sleep at night?" . Honestly, working in this organization is like a Soap Opera or being trapped in a love triangle between Sr. Management, HR, and the good old boy mafia...


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