Coherent Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
34 Reviews
2.8
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
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    high turn-over rate in Finance

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Staff  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    9-5 most of the time. 9-7 during month-end

    Cons

    lack of training or promotion within the department.
    people with bad skill stay, people with good skill don't stay long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    test people before hire or on the job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Getting worse to work for each year

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer  in  Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Phila, PA

    I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There used to be some good things about the company but they are becoming fewer & fewer. I worked there for 24 years as a field service engineer. They used to care about their employees and do everything they could to keep from laying people off.

    Cons

    They are trying to get by with fewer & fewer employees while reducing or eliminating their benefits and taking away company cars for hard working field service engineers. They lay people off with no notice and no negotiation and target those with the company the longest and oldest with no consideration that their age will keep them from being hired by anyone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees right and stop only thinking about the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very disappointing

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    Former Employee - Quality  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Quality in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Peers, cool products too.

    Cons

    Upper management is extremely disassociated with the lower level. Finance management is the core of their strategy. Unless you have a guardian angel, you will never move upwards and will be laid off once you are at the top range of your salary group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have heard it before, and you can hear it any day, if you would just listen. You have a great staff, stop treating them as disposable assets. There are so many great ideas and committed workers, you really need to change your corporate strategy about promotion & retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Care about money, not people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There really isn't any, anymore, since the president and the board of directors keep taking away what little benefits were left. They feel it's more important to make money for the share holders than to keep their employees happy. Coherent's new moto is: "be happy you have a job".

    Cons

    Management has really no clue how to manage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are some good, friendly people working there and the salary was decent. Working conditions were pretty good.

    Cons

    No company loyalty. 401K match was reduced from 6 to 4%. Incentive bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions were eliminated. Older workers are not safe in their jobs or given options even if they have done a good job. People are laid off without any warning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A company is about more than just profits, it about the people working for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good for the Money, Not for your Future

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ

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

    Pros

    1) Leader in the laser industry - Due to acquisition, not growth.
    2) Salary for all positions is very good and highly competitive. Although all other benefits are very lacking - Low to no Profit sharing / 401k, worst Healthcare coverage available.

    Cons

    1) Poor Leadership - All leaders do not think out of the box. Repeatedly see the same problems occur and no systemic change.
    2) No Growth Opportunity - This company does not offer ways to advance. Most people here are old and do not plan to move up or leave their position. This also gives you an understanding of why they do not think out of the box.
    3) Unclear boundaries between Manufacturing and R&D. They are unable to separate and prioritize these functions. The leadership is bad and so a middle management, you are torn between the two groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have better leadership. Stop changing the goal every 6 months. Learn continuous improvement and create a strategic 5 year plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good benefit, but no so good working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Training programs are good.

    Cons

    Terrible management. Poor working culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    One controller/manager to avoid

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Staff  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Coherent

    Pros

    The best reasons to work at Coherent include: (1) well-defined ERP systems and corporate controls; (2) supporting groups that are excited and motivated about the work they do; and (3) leader in the laser technology industry.

    Cons

    The company promotes balance in its work/life perspective. My experience could not be further from the truth. My manager (controller) was not supportive of anyone's work/life balance save for her own. She described any conflicts between weekend plans and work that she allowed to spill over to the weekend as "personal problems". I was only to pleased to terminate my employment quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Find another place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jon, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jon, NM

    I worked at Coherent

    Pros

    Low growth company filled with people just waiting to retire. If this is you, then get a job there.

    Cons

    Low salaries, no growth, bad for young engineers/managers trying to establish their careers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new blood into the company and take some risk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dehumanizing

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN

    I have been working at Coherent

    Pros

    Money money money money money

    Cons

    You surrender your dignity when you go to work at Coherent-you become nothing but a number to them, and they constantly monitor productivity. They keep Temps on for years without benefits before hiring or releasing them. People on swing shift are required to report to work for overtime on Saturdays at 5:00 a.m. after finishing their shift at 10:30 p.m. the night before. Vietnamese workers are not allowed to join the company gym. I could go on and on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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