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Complaint Review: Kulite Semiconductor Products

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  • Submitted: Sat, January 07, 2006
  • Updated: Mon, April 11, 2011

  • Reported By:Fort Lee NJ
Kulite Semiconductor Products
One Willow Tree Road Leonia, New Jersey U.S.A.

Kulite Semiconductor Products, Conspiracy, perjury, fraud, and corporate crime for the company self profit Ripoff Leonia New Jersey

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Kulite hiring is concerning

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Is the pressure transducers quality is what the Kulite claims?

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Kulite Semiconductor Products Inc, for the period of six years up till now has violated Microsoft copyright laws by using unlicensed Microsoft and Other third parties software, which provided the company with unfair long term competitive advantage. During my work at Kulite, I was repeatedly forced to sign software quality control documents, which I have not signed due to the problem described above, as well as other safety issues that were involved at that time. I was never told about my work responsibilities and what procedures I should follow. Most of Kulite computers were assembled in house, did not have quality stickers and many software products such as MS Windows 98/NT/2000, MS office 97/2000, and other third party components were installed from one master disk. The president of the company Dick Martin was not only aware about these issues, but also provided support to this unethical behavior.

Kulite Semiconductor Products Inc is Mems / Pressure transducer manufacturing company that located at, One Willow Tree Road, Leonia, New Jersey, 07020. This is a privately held company with more than 500 people who assemble and fabricate about 10,000 sensors a month. Recently the company has expended to 100,000 square feet and according to Small Times, the company does more than $50 million in U.S sales (Small Times). The main company competitors are Goodrich Sensor Systems, Ametek Gulton Statham, Honeywell Aerospace, Kavlico, MKS Instruments, Dynisco, Codman & Shurtleff, and Paine Electronics, and Delphi Delco Electronic Systems (vdc-corp). Company clients are BMW, Ferrari, Booing, Airbus, NASA and other corporations (Kulite).

I believe that Kulite gained unfair competitive advantage over its competitors due to savings and profits resulted from:

X Using unlicensed servers for making data backups and sharing company resources, such as software and hardware. This provided company with substantial advantages, as they were saving money on printers, backup systems, other hardware and other software licenses, including AutoCAD.

X Using unlicensed software on production computers to design and test output products and provide customers with reports and other data. Because of this, the company was producing and shipping greater amount of units by remaining company original size. Also, due to software automation that used unlicensed products, the company benefited from chipper labor, as the complexity of production was substantially minimized.

X Use of unlicensed software in other departments also provided major savings to the company and minimized start up costs.

X Kulite had a long record of hiring illegal emigrants to work for the company with out contract. Although Kulite is known as a small size company, during the year you can find substantially more than 500 people working for the company.

X Management uses unlicensed personal to design and manage critical circuit applications and other appliances, which are not only used by Kulite personal and present potential safety issues, but also sold to Kulite clients, such as Booing, Airbus and other government agencies.

By gaining such budget relieve for six years up to now in high competitive industry, the company could allocate more budgets on research and development that possibly resulted in high amount of innovations and patents that provides the company with first-mover advantages. More importantly, the company could reduce their products cost due to cheep environment, low labor costs and gain unfair long term competitive advantage over its competitors.

My final note is that the Politics in Kulite Semiconductor Products, Inc is controlled by a corrupted business/wealth elite, which dictates its interests and rules. The consequences of it is an unprecedented corporate crime, both environmental and monetarily and deterioration of employees constitutional rights and liberties. I have personally witnessed the company staff falsifies customer data files so out of spec goods could be shipped on time to the Kulite clients and falsifies quality control papers so FED would not reject shipment of units that were tested in illegal and unsafe environment. The common company politicks is to stimulate low level employees to do certain illegal things or to cover company illegal behavior for the company self profit or self interests. However, if an employee is refusing to participate in activity which he/she reasonably believes in violation of law or is fraudulent, than the common company practice is to take retaliating action against that person.

References:

Kulite, source kulite.com/, obtained on Saturday, December 03, 2005

Small Times, source smalltimes.com/document_display.cfm? section_id=39&document_id=3548, obtained on Saturday, December 03, 2005

Vdc-Corp, source vdc-corp.com/industrial/ white/03/03pressure.pdf, obtained on Saturday, December 03, 2005

Gene
Fort Lee, New Jersey
U.S.A.

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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Kulite hiring is concerning

AUTHOR: Mark - (United States of America)

 

There is a bit of concern when one person walks into the Kulite HQ in Leonia, NJ for an Interview. What I felt is that I was in India. All NON white and this triggers a concern of ethics and Preferential Treatment. First off the HR women is incompetent of her task and abilities to be a decent human being,, and does not reply to a simple follow up afterwards. Her manners are negative and this ref elects the rest of the company. The Engineers are ALL Indian, middle eastern and probably get paid 40k/year for Degree that is NOT accredited in the USA. Second there is a profound arrogance there, Meaning during the interviews it was Primitive skills and impolite corrective actions if one was to become off on his or her answer. It was a joke really. I don't know much about the transducers , however the person prior in writing is probably dead on when it comes to mass productive processes and hast and lower quality engineering staff and components / equipment. This is not the only company that conveys a cheap and self centered environment. Most Private companies ( small companies ) owned by a certain type of character like the one at Kulite Founder/and Head dept Engineering staff are all the same. I a great divide in cutting cost and hiring Inferior Non American citizens. This is a place that needs to be investigated in the way they operate especially if they are dealing with Military standards and Inferior test setups. it is no surprise that a well educated person asking for the salary that should reflect their experience be turned down by Kulite Semiconductors. For the most part , whoever reads this. Trust me when you happen to get an interview there. Do not think for one second that your degree or experience will give you your desired salary that you should receive. Then again, If you are from India, it doesn't matter i guess looking at the personnel hired there. What a waste of time, and a shameful HR dept. The place is a sweat shop period.
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Is the pressure transducers quality is what the Kulite claims?

AUTHOR: Gene - (U.S.A.)

I have been working for Kulite inc. for a long while and many times I have observed company managers brainwashing their clients on how accurate and reliable their Mems are. Is the pressure transducers quality is what the Kulite claims?

Well, let's start with the fact that Kulite utilize the most cheep parts, labor and test equipment to manufacture and final proof their units, while charging their customers as much as other well respected semiconductor firms, such as Goodrich Systems, which spent twice amount of money on the same task. Kulite politics is also plays a big role in mems quality.

Company employees, who volunteer to do business in a right way and succeed are never rewarded, however if fail, they will be punished to the fullest extend. That explains why many Kulite units that fail final test somehow managed to pass quality control and to be shipped to customer's marked as pass.

Finally, you'll be surprised to know that their testing equipment is not only outdated, poor or not calibrated for years, but also utilize wrong design and presents safety problems to their own employees. Four years ago they have fired the only person who new how to properly calibrate hardware and now it is common to see that 5V unit was tested with the input voltage of 3.7V and final reports have hardly ever printed * for units that haven't meet specification.

So, is the pressure transducers quality is what the Kulite claims? Let's put this way, if I become aware about the Airplane I am going to fly to Mexico utilizes Kulite pressure transducers or mems chips, personally I would never, ever even board the plain. Indeed, I would rather sell my ticket to Dick Martin, the president of the Kulite and let him take his fair chances. Enough sad.
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