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Universal Electronics (CA) San Mateo Reviews

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San Mateo, CA

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Universal Electronics (CA) Chairman and CEO Paul D. Arling
Paul D. Arling
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  1. "Software Engineer"

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


  2. 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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