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Universal Electronics (CA) Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "UEI Twinsburg, Ohio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Twinsburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy to get hired in, super easy interview. Management appears glad to have you onboard. Plenty of parking. Location close to freeways.

    Cons

    After 90 days EITHER a 2.00 raise OR healthcare but not both. Some supervisors need to be retrained or released, they created a hostile environment, literally tipping around behind you to monitor your work, forcing employees to alert them when going to the restroom....there was an away button to click on the screen that was clicked also but you had to winpop (inbox) all supervisors that you we're leaving also, too much. No wonder there is a revolving door at this company. There was 1 good supervisor on staff, ONLY 1.

    Advice to Management

    Retrain the bad supervisors and have set rules in writing and stop making up random rules on the fly. If there are bad employees root them out and terminate them instead of applying random rules based on one bad employee. Hire quality employees in the first place and maybe you'll have some retention and not a revolving door. Increase the ten minute break to at least 15 minutes.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "This place sucks"

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    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Representative in Twinsburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    if you find any let me know

    Cons

    management does not know how to talk to anyone or manage, they do not work with school or even real life issues, very secretive, and management actually enjoys firing people

    Advice to Management

    go to college and get some education on how to actually manage and motivate your employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Worst company to work"

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    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bengaluru (India)
    Current Employee - Technical Lead in Bengaluru (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    In India office, Work life balance is good. Free snacks. 25 days paid vacation. I can not say anything else.

    Cons

    Working with old technology. No training to new comers. The big joke is the design of the project is still done in Microsoft Excel. Project scheduling is the worst. You have to deliver within one week. Salary is at low bottom compared to other companies. People who want to learn will not join/stay in this company.

    Advice to Management

    Bring some new projects with new technologies. Give training to new employee. Project scheduling should be proper.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Office is still new and clean. Management is horrible. Maybe different in other locations."

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

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

    Pros

    New office so desks and chairs are still clean.

    Cons

    1. No means of work/life balance
       A) HQ development team not understanding timezone differences. sometimes people calling at 1 or 2AM.
       B) Management asking to have a meeting at 2AM / 3AM in the morning & not attending to it.
       C) too dependent on one person. Once involved in 8 deals all running in parallel.
       D) even after resignation, constantly calling for help. Management not thinking this is a shame
            Once or twice, is understandable but almost everyday is not understandable.
            Side effect of counting too much on one person, but have no plans of increasing because of laws.

    2. Corporate culture
       A) scream more to get more (complain a lot for a raise)
       B) too many resignations (due to lack of management and harassment)
       C) not a manufacturer, but a solutions provider. no or little knowledge of manufacturing.
       D) Constantly preaching value (consulting), but in the end follow customer needs.

    3. Threatens to fire for arrogation of authority but Sales controlling the Application engineers.
        Does not realize that is also considered an arrogation of authority.

    Advice to Management

    1. Do not hire people with their background experience, but with their potential to dedicate themselves in an environment where a person is constantly screaming.
    2. Strongly recommend to show candidates reality instead of ideal image. Nobody is interested in your utopia
    3. Lead and show value before ordering others to show value. Should prepare an ideal role model up front.
    4. Highly recommend to stop making up selfish reasons to why people resigned.


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