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Updated December 18, 2017
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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  4. "Part-time"

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    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.


  5. "typical public midcap company"

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    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    low premium health insurance.
    profit sharing.
    50% company matched 401k
    some friendly people

    Cons

    work / life balance needs to be defended when having difficult schedules to meet.

    Advice to Management

    technical training activities so engineering can work smarter.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and atmosphere at Universal Electronics are great. The team is small and the work is fast paced, and there are interesting technologies to work on.

    Cons

    Upper management (VP+) spends a lot of time micro-managing at low levels (individual contributor level) which can lead to frustration on the part of the team. The pay is below industry averages, and even salaried employees have to punch a time card every day.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the time tracking for salaried employees and bring the pay level up to par with other companies.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    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 ...


  9. "A little set in their ways but OK place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Electronics (CA) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong financials
    Dedicated employees
    Good benefits
    Bonus structure with regular payouts

    Cons

    Not very willing to change
    Inflexible management
    Draconian financial monitoring
    Micromanagement at some Sr levels

    Advice to Management

    Work to make the environment more open and be willing to take more risk for future reward.


  10. "The workplace was clean, strict, and comfortable."

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Twinsburg, OH
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Twinsburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There was potential to grow with the company. Managers was the most helpful to me. Talked to customers on the phone daily.

    Cons

    The shift was horrible, and it was going to take a long time to get moved off of it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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