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Universal Electronics (CA) Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "This place sucks"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  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. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Worst company to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Ok job but would not recommend."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Twinsburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Universal Electronics (CA) part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Same schedule each week, coworkers are nice and big pay increase for full time.

    Cons

    Supervisors will not hesitate to fire employees who do not meet their quota or even just because they can. Breaks are bad as in a 5 hr part time shift they only give you one 10 minute break. Management will also write you up for whatever they decide to enforce that week. Many good employees were let go becauae of this

    Advice to Management

    Dont fire your full time agents and hire part timers because it is cheaper


  9. "Sr. Mgmt is not focused on leveraging its Information Technology dept. to increase employee productivity ..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has excellent potential and has cornered the market in their niche. There are some very good people here.

    Cons

    Management is so focused on not spending money on I.T. that the state of the I.T. infrastructure is very sad. Bring a good supply duct tape and bailing wire.

    Advice to Management

    Stop replacing I.T. Director's every year. Maybe you should look at the root cause here ...


  10. "Part-time"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job is very easy.

    Cons

    The compensation is too low.


  11. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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