Coherent

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Coherent Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
40 Reviews
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
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  1.  

    A changing culture....not for the better!

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    Former Employee - Middle Level Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Level Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked for the company for 10+ years. Good mid level people. Great industry. Good technology.

    Cons

    Executive team is very isolated from their employees Limited career growth, employee benefits are being reduced, stock ownership has be scaled back, bonuses are only for senior management, vacation time burned through useless mandatory shutdowns. CEO is combative when given feedback.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to be more conscious of how your quarterly numbers-driven business decisions impact your workers. A more egalitarian approach to comp and benefits is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It's okay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Assembly line workers to mid level mangers are hard working, friendly and respectful. My coworkers and my boss are the main reasons I have stayed at Coherent for so many years and why I would recommend this employer to a friend. But if it is important to you to work for a cutting edge high tech company, note what I say in the Cons section as a caveat ...

    Cons

    Upper management is too penny pinching and too focused on meeting quarterly numbers at the expense of long term investment. As a result, some of Coherent's core product designs are over 10 years old and losing market share to the competition. R&D efforts ot replace these aging designs are oftem terminated or held back because of upper management's penny pinching attitudes. Of course, it's important to spend money wisely. But R&D needs better support. Innovation doesn't happen for free. Innovation costs money. Workers should feel that they have the necessary financial support to innovate, and not feel pressured to justify relatively small expenditures for R&D.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to send a stronger message of support for innovation in Coherent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Bag

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

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good cross-functional teams with some great team members located in EU. Flexible work hours and good work life balance. I always enjoyed working with my team members at Coherent.

    Cons

    This is were your career goes to die. No advancements or development opportunities. Benefits have been cut back to the bare minimum including barely annual increases. Take it or leave it attitude from HR and management. You are expected to do your job well. Full Stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a leadership pipeline and get in touch with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people you'll ever have a chance to work with.

    Cons

    It is a publicly held corporation -- 'nuff said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Past Employee

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

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked for Coherent for > 20 years and have seen many changes. Coherent has a lot of great people and the work environment is not bad. Salary is competitive, and had opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Management is not in contact with employees and benefits have been reduced to save the bottom line. Unless you are senior manager there are no options or bonuses. People with more than 15 years have a target on their backs and in line for the next round of lay offs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to move forward and get new senior management. In this case, change would be a good thing.

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

    Going down the tubes

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have stock options, health benefits and a nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    I worked here for over 20 years. It used to be a great place to work. The founding president cared about his employees and treated them well. The latest president doesn't care about anything or anybody but money and is constantly taking away benefits. The new motto is: "you should be greatful you have a job".

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

    Accountant

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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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    good work life balance. Not too much pressure

    Cons

    not flexible; slow progress of career development

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

    Company had so much potential

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    Current Employee - Purchasing in Bloomfield, CT
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Bloomfield, CT

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    get people to work with
    workers were engaged

    Cons

    there was no leadership
    management was not engaged in creating a positive place to work
    management was not concerned about the workers just their reporting into headquarters

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    your roles may be stepping stones in your careers but to the average worker these are their lives please be more responsible for the choices you make and understand the long term results to them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A learning one

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    Current Employee - Fusion, Diamond Service Technician in Bloomfield, CT
    Current Employee - Fusion, Diamond Service Technician in Bloomfield, CT

    I have been working at Coherent

    Pros

    The people...the way I am given the time to do things on my own...my most powerful traight is the I am a multi-tasker and Coherent Bloomfield allows me to utilize that traight to the fullest...

    Cons

    The take a very very long time to (Ican't say recognize) bring their employees to the pay grades they are supposed to be at...I feel that I bring valure to this company but one could not see that through my pay grade...I am a tech II performing at Senior Tech level...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't only take the time out to make sure your people are happy...take the time out to review their performances and pay them at the level they deserve...we are in a total inflation and I myself can't even start a 401k due to the pay grade elevel that I am in...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Coherent

    Pros

    Stable Company. Relaxed working environment. Good Benefits. Lot of people have been around for a long time. Nice to work here.

    Cons

    Not much scope for career growth. If you are looking for a 9-5 job, but not looking for a career this will be the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have more performance based incentive programs. The benefits are pretty good, but could be better. Nice working enviroment overall

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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