LG Mobile Phones
2.7 of 5 28 reviews
www.lg.com San Diego, CA 150 to 499 Employees

LG Mobile Phones Reviews in San Diego, CA US

Updated Mar 15, 2014

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LG Mobile Phones President Jeff Hwang

Jeff Hwang

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10% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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In order to succeed or grow with the company, you have to be able to wear several hats.

Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe team of people I worked with were great, making going to work each day fun and exciting. I was able to learn many new skills, become an expert in many areas that I am able to use throughout my career.

ConsThe biggest obstacle (s) are culture based if you do not speak the Korean language. Communication is key in our line of work, so you are at a disadvantage if you do not speak the language regardless of how experience or good you are at doing your job.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt is important to relay clear direction for the team so that everyone can focus on the same end goal. Communicating this at an early stage can help build a solid foundation with the team.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Product Manager (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones full-time for more than 5 years

ProsBig stable company along with rare layoff

ConsToo much of a work, less work and life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementDo not be too dictative

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work is fun but it is not fair

Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones

ProsFun Work
Nice People
Good location
Still good potential to grow

ConsNot Fair
No planning is required
Salary is low

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease be clear about everything

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If you are not Korean, advancement is limited

Associate Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I worked at LG Mobile Phones

ProsCool industry to work for
Company discounts across all LG products
Great location in sunny San Diego

ConsHard to maintain morale when the company is always 2 steps behind the competition. Especially when they had the research supporting innovative launches.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop resting on past successes and get ahead of the curve.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones

ProsLG don't layoff people often

Conscompensation is under the industry average

Advice to Senior ManagementFollow the market trend and put more effort on the device quality instead of pushing it the market in short time.

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Great people, poor communication from upper management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones

ProsHealth care benefits are free, so is dental plan.
Free phones.
Small company feel.
Free breakfast on Fridays
Location of office

ConsR&D lab head of US is always nervous when upper management from Korea visits our site. It stresses us out that he is stressed.
Increased work load with minimal staff size
8am is the time you must be in the office.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees. Empower local employees and not rely on FSE as much. Need local employees to provide continuity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's a great place to work... as long as you leave your hopes and dreams out the door.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones

ProsFree breakfast on every Friday. Need to be an early bird, though. Employee discount on a lot of LG products, such as TVs and refrigerators, although you might find a better deal at Amazon if you consider tax and shipping. Occasional outdoor BBQ and picnics. Depending on what you do, you get to play with many "not yet released" LG phones.

ConsNo cubicle walls (for engineers only). There used to be, but someone upstairs thought getting rid of cubicle walls would allow easier communication among engineers. Zero privacy. A lot of important issues are discussed in the smoking area outside the building while smoking and drinking coffee, so if you don't smoke nor drink coffee, you can forget about being *in* the circle. Also if you don't play golf (the management takes golf dead seriously), kindly kiss all your career advancement goodbye. They ask you to show up at 8AM (it used to be 9), but that doesn't mean you can go home at 5PM. Even if you spend all your hours at your desk, no jeans except on Fridays. If you don't speak Korean, make sure you are white; they'll worship you even if you do a lousy job. This place forces you to come up with ideas that can be used in phones, but quantity matters a lot more than quality of the ideas. People brought from Korea are treated exceptionally well (the company pays for their houses, cars, maid services, and does taxes for them), but local recruits are bottom of the food chain. All the projects are done in Korea, so you'll always be an extra that nobody recognizes.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring interesting projects. Reward fairly. Don't penalize non-smokers, non-coffee-drinkers, and non-golfers. Bring back cubicle walls or, better yet, bring everyone in the rooms to the same playing ground.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good benefits, bad work/life balance (depending on department)

Demand Planner (Current Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I have been working at LG Mobile Phones

Pros- Good benefits
- HR really proactive in engaging employees

Cons- Bad work/life balance (depending on which dept you worked)
- Unequal treatment of employees based on race (depending on which dept you worked)

Advice to Senior ManagementKorean senior management (originating from Korea) groups needs to adjust to their American surroundings so as to avoid alienating other colleagues
Be more innovative in business processes

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great People not so great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I worked at LG Mobile Phones

ProsThe people who work for this company are very good it's just too bad that mid managers don't show appreciation to their team members.

ConsManagement does not reconize the employees efforts. HR does not help the team members they only do what makes them look good in the eyes of upper management. Too many programs that are tailored to make HR look good and not really help the employees. Upper management needs to listen to employees not just the supervisors/mid managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementWork with team members not just supervisors. HR does not understand the needs of the employees. Take notice of what competition is doing and if you want to be #1 in America then listen to what your people are telling you not what Korea is tell you to do.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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LG-Life's Gone

Logistics Specialist (Former Employee)
San Diego, CA (US)

I worked at LG Mobile Phones

ProsGreat Colleagues
Good Perks (ie starbucks etc)
You are trusted with a lot of responsibility
You learn a lot from your experiences

ConsNo work life balance
Communication is poor
Most communication is done in Korean which makes your job much more difficult
Too much work, very little play
Many employees are burned out

Advice to Senior ManagementThe communication channel needs reflect the local language, especially upstream.
Change the "work you to death" culture
Incorporate work life balance goals or programs

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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