Corsair Reviews

Updated 29 August, 2014
Updated 29 August, 2014
14 Reviews

2.3
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Pleasant & Friendly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Fremont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Corsair as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I have been here for about 2 weeks now and everyone seems very pleasant and friendly to work with. The pay is OK too. Corsair has great products, which is why I wanted to work for them in the first place. People here are available to answer questions if you have any, which helps a lot. From my experience so far, Corsair seems to really care about employees and the people they hire. Nice place to work at. Freeway access is great too.

    Cons

    The only Con that I can think of right now is people having no consideration when walking up and down the stairs, which creates a lot noise.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Successful in spite of itself.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corsair full-time

    Pros

    Top shelf talent. Passionate up-and-comers. Opportunities to advance for people with the ambition to go after them.

    Cons

    Total lack of accountability. Serious problems will be identified and fixed, but the root cause is never addressed. Managers and up largely only interested in covering their own mistakes. CEO doesn't lead, just meddles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Turn the CEO into a figurehead and let the COO handle the real work. Figure out a re-org and stick with it. Start seriously pushing for accountability from all management and figure out how you prioritize spending.

    Invest in the damn company instead of just cheaping out on everything internally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    TERRIBLE COMPANY FOR WORK!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corsair full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Office is close to my home

    Cons

    Terrible working atmosphere with no hard working appreciation. Cheap company with bad benefits. Try to avoid working for this company. It was a nightmare for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    The Small guy trying to play big.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Corsair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, great co-workers, at certain level/departments (sales only) work-life balance. Good looking offices, great social events like Christmas party, summer picnic.

    Cons

    Salaries, upper management, information not being shared, no training at all, no people skills as a requirement to be a manager, no coaching, no career development, no manager/leader to admire/follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more thinking behind how your managers are trating/develop their people/teams.. Invest in your people and you will retain talent and knowledge giving you the competitive advantage that you are looking in your products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good intentions vs scary bad senior management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Professional  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Professional in Fremont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Corsair full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart and passionate employees who work hard.

    Cons

    Horrible senior management. CEO is cheap and strange, recently preferring to spend more time off on safari than at work. New COO is a nightmare. She is the worst micro-manager I have ever seen, whose lack of humility is only exceeded by her willingness to make "snap decisions" without understanding the facts. New board (following investment by Francisco Partners) has made things worse.

    Do not look for empowerment at Corsair. Do not expect to be compensated fairly, or that annual reviews will have any relationship to reality. Nobody here knows how to manage people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking beyond HP for senior management experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding potential, unique culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Corsair full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company still has a small company feel sometimes so you can usually see the direct results of your efforts very quickly.

    Lots of potential for growth for those who can show results quickly. Lots of good people in management who want the company to succeed and dedicate tons of their personal time to that effort.

    Passionate people are rewarded well - I frequently see people who put in extra efforts and come up with ideas get promoted or get extra attention and responsibilities.

    Old-fashioned, tightly run when it comes to spending. Even in the worst environments (and in a memory business that happens frequently) the company has maintained profitability through belt-tightening.

    The culture is great - a can-do attitude is present in all the best employees and managers. From the CEO to our lowest hourly employee, those who are willing to get work done will go far.

    Cons

    As some have mentioned, work-life balance is a struggle. Because the company is run so tightly, frequently you have to wear multiple hats. For some people this is not the type of environment they enjoy, as it requires a willingness to help out in things that may not be "your job".

    Salary could be more competitive, especially at the lower levels.

    Bonus and profit sharing plan is somewhat stingy and was changed a few years ago to be so.

    Our hit-rate on managers and executives brought in from other companies hasn't been stellar. Some real stars have shown up, but it seems more have fizzled out and brought in their giant egos, cashed their giant salaries, and then eventually been given giant exit packages. Too many executives who thought they were amazing but didn't show any real results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refine compensation to be more competitive - especially bonus plan. Tie bonus/profit sharing plan directly to objectives for that individual employee rather than the group profit sharing.

    Refine hiring process for executives - some have been pretty unimpressive, to say the least.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Feelings...

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corsair

    Pros

    Corsair has extremely talented employees
    It is a well respected company within the industry
    Corsair has high quality and premium products

    Cons

    They pile extra work on you for no extra pay or promotion.

    Management positions are filled with candidates from another company. They do not promote within.

    Too many layers of management

    Poor morale

  9.  

    Turnover at the contollers level.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Manager  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Cost Accounting Manager in Fremont, CA (US)

    I worked at Corsair full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting product and the conection with international operations.

    Cons

    Turnover at the controllers level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Management  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Fremont, CA (US)

    I worked at Corsair full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There is nothing positive I can say about the company or their values. Worst place I have ever worked. Stay away from doing business with this company or working for them.

    Cons

    Very cheap. CEO is very unethical and they don't care about their customers or employees. They treat employees like equipment. It starts at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start by having some company values that you actually follow

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Review of Corsair Memory

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive  in  Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Executive in Fremont, CA (US)

    I worked at Corsair full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is nothing positive about this company.

    Cons

    This is a bad business. You don't want to work for Corsair. Their CEO has a tight grip of the company and micromanages everyone. He is not loyal to anyone. It doesn't matter what you accomplish at Corsair. You can never win. It's a bad political environment filled with backstabbing and other bad practices. Most often they let people go without any good cause. I left this company myself, but I had to work 12 hours a day to survive. I wouldn’t be surprised if they get sued one day, and I hope they do. Corsair “Bad” Memory is now called Corsair Components. Stay away from Corsair. You will regret otherwise. It takes only 3 days for you to learn what kind of mess you have walked to. They have gone through 8 Controllers in the past 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change their practices before they get sued. Find a new CEO. Find a new CFO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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