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Logitech Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.2 190 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

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Bracken Darrell

(43 ratings)

55% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great health benefits and lots of flexibility for a good work/life balance(in 20 reviews)

  • Great products with more on the way(in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be better(in 7 reviews)

  • Poor senior management, more interested in personal importance than really growing the company(in 11 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Talk too much, do too less

    Engineering Development (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    Pros- Very good products with talent smart patent
    - Do what you can do . A lot of meetings is kind of relaxing time

    Cons-Do more or less , doesn't matter due to most of managers are not knowledgeable what they are doing /talking. Working culture is encouraging - " SPEAKING MORE, DOING NOTHING , THEN GETTING PROMOTION "

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the bum managers. Keep the talent engineering resources. promote real R&D value. improve productivity /effectiveness.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Recently joined the team. Cool products, cutting edge technologies, opportunity ahead!

    Senior Software Developer, Harmony (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsJoined the Harmony division of Logitech 6 months ago. Love working here. The products are cool and there is great team environment. The company has grown from a start up mentality to a professional company. Recently some outstanding engineering professionals have joined from some well known companies. Some of the best engineers can be found here today. Company is changing from
    I" to "We" , some people left or ... as this happened. Lots of customer research, usability studies - engineers are encouraged to attend - very new for me good learning experience !

    ConsFast paced environment requires you to keep you to speed on all the technologies. Learning some great new skills and technologies. Training is awesome - hard to sometimes keep up. Will like to hear more about other products from Logitech.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay on path! Love the focus on developing people. Encourage engineers at Harmony to bring their friends to come work here! Reference bonus will be nice :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Respect professionals

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsIt's a globally recognized company. You feel yourself a part of a big team. The company has gathered many great professionals and just great individuals, who create a friendly working environment. The company provides in most cases a fair balance between work and private life of people, though stressful situations and pushing from top down occurs quite often as well.

    ConsLack of technical leadership. The top management does not respect the feedback from the engineers. The product development roadmaps are built with no serious analysis of technical and ecomomical factors. A good help would be a detailed analysis of the competitors' products. The analysis should include the choice of technologies, general architecture, set of features, model lines, etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the professionals, work as a team, not as a commander and a batallion of soldiers.

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Poor software product management and good products

    Manager (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    Pros1) Excellent product, globally leading products, Harmony Remote. 2) Software team is developing brand new application. After the outside crisis it should be in a good position for growth. 3) Management is trying to develop and grow people. Training investment. 4) Scrum process 5) Excellent General Manager 6) People are generally very good and competent 7) Relatively solid and creative working relationship 8) Innovative 9) Good investment in usability and consumer research

    Cons1) Too much top-down approach to schedules and planning 2) The mgmt. (both Mississauga and Fremont) is disconnected often from realistic goals - often the wish list 3) Product management (director level) in New York very disconnected and extremely poor in doing things. A lot of bad decision and incompetent work from them. Vendor management non-existent. A lot of grandstanding without results. A lot of money spent with very small results 4) Software product mgmt. extremely bad, minding the things they don't understand and does not complete their own job (example major rewrite of stories done by someone else) . The new PM hopefully influence change. 4) Meeting quality within projected timeline is not realistic 5) Product /hardware team has a lot of organizational and execution challenges 6) Expectations are sometimes too high and unrealistic 7) Longer hours for someone 8) Support team business model broken (too costly)

    Advice to Senior Management1) The layoff was too deep, sooner rather than later you need additional good people
    2) Software Product management is a lot of talk, with negative results not even zero results. Top down needs to be changed, starting from New York's director below to the more experienced PM.
    3) You need to bring additional engineering talent
    4) Hardware side has execution challenges. Main delivery challenges are there.
    5) Right type of investment and help from Fremont is needed but additional creative freedom would be helpful
    6) Get realistic plan and closely monitor real not presented to mgmt. progress
    7) Be aggressive with the market push
    8) More real innovations
    9) Develop sound support business model

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Political, Stressful Place to Work with No Employee Empowerment

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsWhen you tell people you work at Logitech, they know where you work, and respect the products. Being a small division of Logitech, everyone gets some exposure to what will likely become award winning products when these products are still in the earliest design stages. Being a company that creates consumer computer peripherals and other electronics, you see your work reviewed publicly by the media, through customer reviews on sites like Amazon and in various forums. A resume that shows a reasonable amount of time at Logitech is likely to anyone's career -- It has definitely helped mine post Logitech.

    ConsThe politics and lack of empowerment.

    The Mississauga office is an incredibly political environment, in the negative sense of the word. Very little seems to get done through the well publicized processes, but rather anything accomplished is done through political machinations, and verbally sabotaging other projects with senior management to get resources for your own project.

    It is a very stressful environment, where immediate turn around is expected on complex work, and "No" or "let me think about it" are not acceptable answers. Work life balance is not a consideration -- work is expected to come first, at all times of the day, and you are expected to feel privileged for being given the opportunity to work at Logitech.

    Project management in the development area is almost non-existant, and is focused more on presenting what senior management wants to hear rather than managing projects and risks, and presenting the facts to management.

    A few years ago this division was very development centric, and a stronger product management role was needed. New senior management was brought in and they addressed this issue by giving product management complete say over everything, but did not hire, nor train product managers to assume this role. While this is a difficult situation for other functions, I feel most sorry for product managers who are now required to make every decision.

    Overall this is a very stressful place to work, and it takes a special person who knows how to work a corrupt system and who has a thick skin in the face of political attacks to succeed here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the talk.

    You hold a lot of town hall meetings where you talk about things like empowerment, and customer centricity, and then do the exact opposite.

    Saying you are empowered, because the video we showed you says this is a good thing, while removing decision making power and centralizing it with extreme senior management and product managers doesn't jive.

    Talking about the importance of listening to the customer and then selecting projects that customers are clearly saying they don't want but that are pet projects of senior management doesn't jive.

    You need to understand that you are managing a very intelligent work force, and feeding them platitudes and rhetoric while acting in an opposite manner, and publicly rewarding people who act in the oposite manner, is noticed and greatly impacts employee morale and completely erodes your work force's oppinion and respect for you and your decisions. Which means, that in the end many very smark people don't work hard or care about the products they work on any more

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company to work for

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsA good place to work. With good benefits and perks.
    The main reason to join or keep working here has to be the technologies and the exciting products being developed.

    ConsOften you don't get recognition for work done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe ratio of managers to developers is unreal!!!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Great people and products, drowning in a sea of organizational despair!

    Senior Software Developer (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsReally cool products. Fun, challenging problems to solve. Great team atmosphere among organizational peers. Many really talented employees, and an excellent manager or two.

    ConsLots and lots of hard work, with very little thanks. Creative and innovative engineers are stifled in an overly political and sometimes hostile work environment. Management is not willing to accept responsibility for the consequences of their decisions. Too many decisions are made trying to have their cake and eat it too. The schedules are unrealistic and the stress of meeting unreasonable deadlines is downloaded onto engineering.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to make more innovative, leading-edge products, cultivate an environment where creative expression is welcomed and praised, instead of instituting mind-numbing, ill-informed processes which allow the dead weight to further entrench themselves in the organization. Build time for innovation and learning into product schedules. Find out what makes your engineers tick and use that information to leverage their full potential.

    One last thing, just because you say something, or put it on a slide, doesn't mean its true, or will just happen. Back up your words with a solid strategy and personally ensure it is put into action!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    New management sucks large

    Quality Assurance (Former Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsMost are good people. Some are jerks. Great products (sometimes).

    ConsNew management blows goats. Re-orgs killed the morale across the board.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe remote is not a mouse. Get to know who your staff. When you say you care about customers, mean it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good focus on team, quality and customers.

    QA Analyst (Current Employee) Mississauga, ON

    ProsGood team and fun place to work - everyone gets along and wants to help each other. One gets a chance to learn new skills. Have the opportunity to learn about customers and their needs. "Lunch and learn" sessions about customers are great. I have not worked in a company that has so much focus on quality and customer experience. It makes it hard for all of us as we are asked to meet tough standards but in the end is great for our customers.

    ConsNot much of a downside but have to work with the teams from asia. It would be helpful to have classes in chinese so that we can communicate better with our partners in Asia sometimes. Also, we need to balance a lot of things at any given time. Would also like some formal outside training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood effort on sharing the strategy. Would like to be involved earlier and have a chance to contribute more ideas. Management should encourage employees even more to share ideas with their functional and project teams. Also, the team appreciates easy access to everyone in the company including management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    A software company that also makes cool cutting edge products

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsI am a software engineer in the Harmony Remote division - have learnt more in the past 6 months than I learned in my entire university life. There is so much cool software being developed at Harmony (web, embedded). What I love most is the adoption of scrum/agile development. It is an amazing process for developing software - enables lots of collaboration across the team. I also like the coaching management style and the opportunities we are being given to develop our skills and apply them.

    ConsThere are other businesses at Logitech which are also developing some great products. At some point, would like to more closely with them to look at integration opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt is great to see your commitment to quality and customers. Great job in communication and creating an informal atmosphere that allows lots of interaction and communication.The management focus in developing teams and people is good - we could use more training in certain areas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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