Friendly atmosphere and hard work in a place with professional people where the job can be done and result can be realized!
Technical support Scandinavians (Former Employee), The Netherlands – August 31, 2013
A typical day at work will always start off with greeting the co-workers and people in the company buildings and starting the day with a smile. When the work starts, the to do list will be reviewed and followed in the best possible way. The hardest part is always to follow the list and do most of them accordingly without any interruption, however the – more... challenge is to do your best and always try to improve on the management in general. The most enjoyable of all is that when the hard work pays off and you get result of what you have done during the day/week/month and it is time to finish wrap up the day and go home to family time, but before have a nice chat and perhaps good relax time with co-workers to bond more! – less
Engineer (Current Employee), Anaheim, CA – December 22, 2012
Pros: very good salary, good benefits, and friendly environment
I don't understand all the bad reviews that are being done on this company. I haven't seen anything like what all the negative reviews say about the working conditions at Extron. Salary is better than most companies I used to work for. Management and co-employees are all very nice people and are a pleasure to work with. With my manager, hours are very – more... flexible. I've never once had to ask for permission to use the restroom. I don't know who in their right mind would tolerate that! All in all, Extron is a company that is on the rise and I'm proud to be a part of their team. – less
Marketing Communications Writer (Former Employee), Anaheim – March 22, 2012
Pros: if you can survive the first three months, you have a really good chance of staying.
Cons: the military isn't as stringent
I made the unfortunate mistake of working at Extron in the 2001. I remember how happy I was to get a job after being unemployed for a few months and making what I thought was a decent wage.
The interview process was not too bad...the young woman who interviewed me was pleasant...I guess I got lucky compared to some others' experiences with HR. The – more... products that they make are top-notch in quality, but there is no love for the employees.
Then the training...everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has to learn how to do some wiring, learn about electronics, etc. It's long, tedious, lasts for about two months, and you are recorded the entire time. Yes, they video record each session to see if you are paying attention, are engaged (asking questions), etc. and will approach you if they see "something".
I recall how there were about 50 of us at the beginning of our training...each week, there were a few less people. Little did I know that their employment policy is a revolving door....people come, are hired, and then let go within three months. By the time I finished my training sessions, there were only about 10 or 12 of us left. Very demoralizing, yet it also makes you feel like you are a survivor, and if you can get through that, you can get through anything.
It is absolutely true about having to ask for permission to use the restroom. If you want to take a break, you cannot do so at your desk. Even if you are a salaried employee, you still need to clock in and out, and will be reprimanded if your are late, even if you work late.
When I completed my assignments, I had to endure three or four layers of management to review my work, each of which would make changes. In the end, my work would be changed back to it's original state.
I too was let go after three months, and I couldn't be happier. Hardly anyone smiled, HR was feared, if you smoke (which I don't) you can't even smoke across the street, you have to take a physical which includes running prior to being hired. I'm surprised that people were proud to say that they have worked there for years...I guess they wear that as a badge of courage.
So, if you want to feel like a valued employee and appreciated for the good work that you do, DO NOT work at Extron. If you are a robot, immune to the lack of interpersonal communication, or are one paycheck away from being homeless, than take your chance and work for Extron. I would rather work three jobs than work at Extron. – less
I plead the 5th (Former Employee), Anaheim, CA – September 3, 2011
Cons: human resources is "not a fit"
It is really unfortunate that I have to write such a negative review about this company. However, the truth needs to be said that this is not a company I would ever recommend to anyone.
First, Human Resources rules with an iron fist at this company. Normally, when you go for an interview, you apply and interview with HR first, right? Not here. Depending – more... on the position you are applying for, you interview with your manager first. If you are an engineer, better set aside at least 3-4 hours because you will go through multiple interviews. After interviewing with the manager(s), your last and final interview is with HR. It doesn’t matter if everyone you interviewed with likes you and thinks you would do great, if HR finds a hair out of place, they won’t hire you. Yes, you just spent all that time for an HR manager who you probably won’t ever see or talk much to just throw up a red flag and say “not a fit.” The sad part is that because HR has way too much power, not even the VP of Engineering will challenge their decision. If you do make it pass, you will quickly notice how scared everyone is of HR. When they walk into a building 9/10 times someone is about to be “let go.” You will see everyone scatter like cockroaches. They also have what I like to refer to as “moles.” These are people who will literally walk around and see what people are doing at their desk, who they are talking to, etc. HR has also been known to drive around the parking lot to see who is doing what in the parking lot.
Second, there is no training. After now working for a company that requires training for all employees, I see how much of a difference this can make. Do not expect for anyone show you anything.
The best way to survive working here is to keep to yourself and let HR intimidate you. Those who do not let intimidation get the best of them are eventually let go. – less