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  1. "Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Team Lead in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Team Lead in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mophie (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good People, Good Leadership, Hardly any OT,

    Cons

    Not the best pay, Not much room to advance unless you are persistant

    Advice to Management

    Invest in current employees a little more, you have a few diamonds in the rough!


  2. Helpful (20)

    "A Dead End Organization with an Abusive Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The 401(k) was pretty generous, and their booth at CES was always...big.

    Cons

    It's hard to find any balance at all at this place as the (former) owners propagated their toxic mix of hubris, insecurity, and incompetence throughout the organization. The best I can say is that they were effective in identifying talent. And then promptly driving that talent, or anyone who questioned their horrific decisions, out of the organization. Family members (by blood or marriage) were appointed to jobs for which they possessed no apparent qualifications, and in which they appeared to possess no real interest.

    Strategy and Execution: The founders were simply appalling. They got very lucky with an iphone battery and (according to the recent SEC filings from ZAGG) spent money like drunken sailors with nothing to show for it at the end. They missed every opportunity to build any kind of real business, invested in an almost endless line of failed projects, and made mind-numbingly stupid business decisions. Their best hope now is to hang on to whatever market share they can in a dying category. But as little competence as the owners showed strategically, their failure is a little understandable. Not every company succeeds, and even the best of managers can drive their way into a strategic cul-de-sac. It's the environment they created that is inexcusable.

    Cronyism and Abuse. This is where a toxic mix of the founders' unwarranted overconfidence, profound insecurity, and (in at least one case) an appalling lack of intellectual horsepower came to bear on the organization. Those who questioned obviously bad decisions (nearly always made by Family members unqualified for the jobs they had been born or married into) were attacked, ridiculed, and abused. I've never seen an organization where team members were expected to deliver bald-faced lies purely to assuage the pride of incompetent owners. Managers who emulated this behavior, berated team members, hid the failings of Family, and undermined their peers were rewarded. Those who took the high road were marginalized, or worse. The feeling of anger, abuse, and fear in this place is palpable from the moment one sets foot in its poorly designed office.

    But the worst of all of this is the effect this terrible place had on its employees. I saw colleagues, early in their career, who thought this was simply what corporate America (and China) was like, and over time, grew to accept the abuse. I feel horrible for those whose growth has been stunted and who have been convinced that this kind of behavior is normal. For those later in their career, I saw Great and Good talents made mediocre in this environment, and begin to accept a lesser version of themselves. Everyone has a mortgage and bills to pay, but I can't imagine a scenario in which diminishing yourself to this extent is worth it. There must be better alternatives.

    Advice to Management

    Management decisions rest in the (presumably now shaking) hands of the Zagg leadership team. Just know that whatever is visible is the best face possible the founders are able to muster. The reality of the situation when you leave the building is unimaginably sicker. Good luck.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Product Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Product Development Manager in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Project requires a lot of attention and detailed. Quality standard are way too high, so executing to those standards gets you to develop resourcefulness and also technical understanding of production process.

    Cons

    mophie lost their competitive edge. Any other brand can do what they do today - cheaper and faster. mophie is focused on product categories that take longer to launch because of cumbersome development process and having to run most decision by executives. There's no balance in work life - there's weekly meeting to review projects, which take up so much time away from key activities, leaving product developers to stay and work late catching up on work.I've seen lots of turnover and lost of key talents. People don't feel appreciated. Never really heard a "thank you" or "great job" from leadership to employees. Also, there are certain personalities at the top that needs to be checked - example: speaking to your employees in a degrading manner, and there has been a history of people leaving because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employee to make decisions. Having to let every decision run by top management consequently leads to slowness in launching product to market. Remove those in leadership position that have no capacity for empathy and cannot treat people respectfully.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "It was a job"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Sales Assistant in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Sales Assistant in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mophie (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food
    Fun events to attend
    Great when I first started

    Cons

    Favoritism, Poor management, Disrespect, unhealthy work environment


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Wish it could be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at mophie (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team. Some very lovely people

    Cons

    Family run. Management is confused and messy. Low Morale.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to more advices from people who are not in your family circle.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Leadship? what leadership.."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mophie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    food, toys, corporative staff, execs involved in everything

    Cons

    have no expectations and you will be OK, be the favorite, execs involved in everything

    Advice to Management

    keep doing what you are doing, so the rest of the industry can make it better and cheaper


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great products, from a company that lacks leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at mophie full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products, super creative marketing, super talented team. Decent employee recognition. Travel and phone perks are a plus.

    Cons

    poor sales execution, lack of career development, need improve employee benefits, (more than 2 weeks a year vacation)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop playing favorites.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "Sales & Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at mophie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent product but way overpriced in a competitive market with many options.

    Cons

    Massive egos at the executive level - with a lack of talent from people that fell into their roles. Co-owner (Shawn) is a dragon. People are in fear for their jobs daily and await anxiously for that day when called into "HR" to get their walking papers.

    Ironically, most faithful and hard working employees are often let go because the co-owner has a personal problem rather than anything related to work ethic. I guess this is why turnover rate is 25% at Mophie.

    Do yourself a favor and work somewhere else with a healthy culture and happy team.

    Mophie doesn't love you. It only loves itself.

    Advice to Management

    Read a book and learn how to manage a business. Your brand has fortunately seen success, but it is as a result of the team that supports it. Yet you continually have egos that crush moral daily. Step aside and let the experts you hire (who have years more experience than you) do their jobs. Isn't it why you hire them?

    Quit the micro managing.
    Quit the monitoring of your employees emails.
    Quit the bullying tactics.

    Fear doesn't belong in the modern day workplace for hard working employees. Happy employees make for a successful brand and yours is going to crash very soon if you don't figure it out... If you are even capable of figuring it out.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Don't get Sucked in"

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    Former Employee - Document Control (Process) Manager in Lake Forest, CA
    Former Employee - Document Control (Process) Manager in Lake Forest, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at mophie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    "Free" product for the favorites or if you're an iPhone user
    Decent fringe benefits, like free catered lunches

    Cons

    One place I've ever worked where the "favorites" game was so obvious
    Directors belittle their employees in group meetings
    Meeting after meeting


  10. Helpful (17)

    "No, mophie doesn't love you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Tustin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Tustin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at mophie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best part of working here is the excitement of all the people who come in on their first day ready to rule the world specifically in the engineering departments. The innovation, various mix of personalities and backgrounds is encouraging, you are working with some of the best. You learn lessons that may take 5 years to pick up, in just a few months.

    Cons

    Typical tale that's existed from the beginning of time. Someone works from the bottom to the top and gains an impeccable amount of power. Decides to employ their family and friends and create a circle of immunity around them that's publicly showcased to the "have-nots". Does this cause division within the organization? Yes. Do they try to cover up 'special treatment'? No. Do they care that everyone knows and resents if you're part of the royal family you can behave as you please and get away with it? No. Are they embarrassed that they allow a manager to publicly berate their employees in meetings? No. Mophie is just a ticking time bomb and everyone knows it. They have a generous amount of talent that's not even utilized because of the ego of upper management and their inability to let go a little to let the "big talent" they worked so hard to poach actually exercise their skills. Funny.

    Oh and guess what? Not only do you get the lowest vacation accrual heard of within the competitive tech world.. but you also have been 'requested' not to take vacations for the next two quarters. Sorry people who wait for the holidays to visit their families internationally, you ain't goin nowhere!

    Advice to Management

    let go and let your talent flourish. Stop pretending that you're taking care of people for the long run when you just turn around and fire people that don't agree with you.


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