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Universal Electronics (CA) Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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Universal Electronics (CA) Chairman and CEO Paul D. Arling
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Most people are nice and friendly

    Cons

    - No growth opportunity
    - Poor communication with the team


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) (More than a year)

    Pros

    They work with some really intersting technologies here and the employees tend to be really hard work and smart. Medical benefits are very inexpensive.

    Cons

    There is a serious micromanagement problem here. They want talented, senior employees, but they treat them like newbies. This is a problem across the board in software/innovations. The VP who runs the group is so arrogant and he talks down to almost everyone on staff. He is universally reviled and people complain to HR, but everyone in a position of authority sort of just takes a "that's how he is" stance. The pay is well below industry standards and staff has really poor morale.

    Advice to Management

    Stop standing over your employees shoulders, you hire talented people, let them be talented. You are scaring away talented people.

  3. "ECO Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Great People, Great opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    So slight hesitation for change but overall not bad.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Its good for gaining experience but not long term."

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    Former Employee - Electronis Technician
    Former Employee - Electronis Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. The technology is fun and interesting.

    Cons

    Company tends to micro manage and the pay increase is a no effort to show employee appreciatiaton and respect.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees some respect and show you care about their job in what they do. The employee will appreciate and work to better serve you and the company.


  5. "Customer service"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can't see any areas to fill in.

    Cons

    Very unprofessional management/Manager. Yelling people and tell people what to do from her office out to the public area; unclear unorganized instructions at all times


  6. "It was okay for the time..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time

    Pros

    The pay was good if you lasted past the 90 period... I did not.

    Cons

    As a call center rep, be prepared to get yelled at by people almost all day long. The biggest complaint I ever received was customers saying that techs that were supposed to come to their home to fix their cable or internet never showed up, or DID show up and slowly drove by their home without ever knocking or ringing the doorbell to see if the client was home, and therefore I had to escalate the order.


  7. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, friendly environment.

    Cons

    No upward mobility. Doesn't pay as per bay area standards.

    Advice to Management

    Provide incentives to move up the ladder.

  8. "Poor work life balance and software engineering practices."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can work with cool leading edge technology --RF, sensors.

    Cons

    Aggressive managers. Little respect for personal schedules. Poor documentation etc. Outsourcing. Legacy code. Many weekends and late-work BS.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your engineers. They are the source of your wealth.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Started out strong, finished poorly. Can't figure out if it's fatal or not."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity for extremelly interesting work.

    Lots of great ideas.

    Free snacks.

    Flexible work hours, maybe sometimes to much so.

    Cons

    Vacation policy is terrible at best.

    Time tracking is a waste of time and is not structured to produce anything meaningful.

    Very hard environment to execute in, information is compartmentalized and spread across continents. Priorities are not well managed at all, and taking good projects from start to finish is nearly impossible.

    Infrastructure including IT is widely regarded as a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Loose the time sheets.

    Keep having big ideas, focus on things you can do well, and then actually do them in a manner where they are expected to succeed and not fail. Filter the junk.

    Position employees for success, give them the tools needed to succeed, and keep the bar high.


  10. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time

    Pros

    Good working environment, balance work and life

    Cons

    Lack of leadership, minimum salary

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on fostering employees core value


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