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Unigen Reviews

Updated April 4, 2017
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Paul W. Heng
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  • Compensation is poor after starting and no upward mobility (in 3 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was non-existent, despite early promises of a wholesome, well-balanced work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Rep"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hard working, dedicated, nice colleagues.

    Cons

    Compensation is poor after starting and no upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation landscape for similar positions and make changes to comp plan.


  2. "Good start for fresh workers"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Operator in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Operator in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consistent hours and work expectations, friendly atmosphere and co-workers. Health benefits are average.

    Cons

    Few options for any upward mobility. Tight-fisted management hate to part with their money, so raises are pretty much out of the question. If you are low on the totem pole, you can easily be replaced, it's just simply more convenient for them to never give you anything more for your loyalty until you decide to quit.

    Advice to Management

    You're obviously doing something right since you're still in business, but maybe toss a bone to the rank-and-file every now and then. You have some extremely loyal workers who deserve more than they get.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Co-workers are very Nice"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unigen full-time

    Pros

    It is a nice company; Good life balance. Management is decent; co-workers are kind.

    Cons

    Benefit is poor. It is no growth in the company.


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  5. "Not clear envision"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly and relaxed work environment. High quality equipment to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of strategy and unsteady management.

    Advice to Management

    Strategy and good management are prerequisites of the all prerequisites.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paul is a smart CEO and co-works are very friendly; there is a low stress environment.

    Cons

    There is no benefit for those who works hard. the company can not keep intelligence.

    Advice to Management

    The company should be reinforced through work goals and performance appraisals that reward excellent empolyees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Profoundly mismanaged company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Round Rock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Unigen (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company offered a competitive salary.

    Cons

    This is the most mismanaged company for which I have ever had the misfortune to work, from startups to Fortune 100 behemoths. There is a great lack of discipline in general management practices as well as terribly inefficient business processes.

    Executive management (the married owners) apparently fail to trust the talented people they are fortunate enough to hire to guide the business. Smart leaders hire to fill their own gaps; the owners attempt to do that, then routinely eliminate those people when they don’t like what they hear.

    There was no real understanding of or appreciation for the high-powered talent that they were fortunate to find and hire for their new venture. The engineering team invested over a year of 10-16 hour days, making incredible progress on both planned and unplanned projects. But in the end, when it was deemed necessary to abruptly close the office, there was no severance for anyone. There was a tragic lack of regard shown for the dedication and sacrifice made by those who strived to make the company's new venture a success. Work-life balance was non-existent, despite early promises of a wholesome, well-balanced work environment.

    Discipline is desperately lacking in regard to customer interactions; promises made without first understanding the effort, time, and cost of delivering product, resulting in frustrated customers that ultimately bolt, leaving wasted resources in their wake. The CEO was prone to chasing the latest shiny object, resulting in the misuse and misapplication of resources, which in turn lead to missed market opportunities, as planned projects were starved for those critical resources.

    This company will have difficulty thriving under these persistent conditions – angering and losing valuable customers, discarding talented and devoted employees, and failing to truly understand what it takes to run a business responsibly.

    Advice to Management

    Bring discipline to all areas of the business, from improvements to internal processes (which are inefficient to a crippling degree) to how customer interactions are handled (make sure you have adequate resources to deliver before you commit to realistic goals). Be driven predominantly by facts, less by emotion and gut-feel. TRUST the people you hire to do the things you can’t; a strong leader staffs for his own weak areas, and relies on those people to do what he cannot… rather than eliminating them because he doesn’t like what he hears.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Design Verification Test Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Design Verification Test Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper management doesn't know what you are doing. You can be a floater.

    Cons

    No motivation to employees. No rewards. Work environment is not very challenging.

    Advice to Management

    They should hire employees with skills.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unigen (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything right now.


  10. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Good manufacturing capabilities. Good customers.

    Cons

    1) Develop products without go-to-market strategy and then cancel the products
    2) Senior management to slow to approve POs

    Advice to Management

    Make a detailed plan and followup


  11. Helpful (6)

    "I see no future..."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company. It is the worst run company I have every been associated with. The owners are clueless and have no business discipline. They will do ANYTHING to make a sale, but once it's booked, there is no capability to execute. They even raise prices once the customer is committed and has no other options. There is no investment in the future and it's just a matter of time before the company goes bankrupt

    Cons

    Where to start... incompetent management, no investment in equipment or capabilities, management will blame employees for their mistakes to save face, no planning - everything is a last minute emergency, questionable business practices, ....


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