EFI Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Senior Software Engineer for EFI

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

    I worked at EFI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule
    Work with good friends
    The sales team are rock stars!
    The people that do actually work, kill themselves for this company.

    Cons

    Where should I start? If you are a software engineer in the U.S. do not think of going to work at EFI. The company is in the process of moving all of the development jobs to India. If you do take a software development position you will spent the majority of your time helping with customer issues and fixing defects. Almost every bit of new software development occurs in India.

    The teams do not work together. There is very little communication between the teams from different products. There is also very little communication between the teams in the U.S. and in India. There is virtually no cooperation which is one of the biggest issues this company faces.

    The only way the company grows is by acquiring other companies. EFI has almost no organic growth. This would explain why such highly talented people were let go in the latest round of cuts. The company has a SPRINT motto but this is lip service and means nothing to the management team. It is all about maximizing the profits, even if they have to cut good people to do it.

    After a company has been acquired it is a mad scramble to try and figure out how to get it integrated with the other products. There is no plan put into place or a series of well defined steps that occur when a new company is acquired. This in turn throws all schedules out the window for the year. Hey management, learn how to prioritize.

    The pay is well below the industry averages. Maybe the managers and directors get paid well but everyone else gets paid well below the market value. Be sure to check the industry averages before you think about coming to work at EFI. And the raises are not worth sticking around either. Averaging 1% a year is not even keeping up with the cost of living. You work your butt off for a 1% raise? Are you kidding?

    Company touts they have the best talent but that is a farce. The best talent doesn't hang around doing the petty tasks that are assigned to them. No, they leave and take their talents somewhere that will be appreciated. Then the company doesn't fill those positions, leaving the people that are left behind to work even harder to do their job while also trying to support the customer base.

    The quality of software being written continues to get worse and worse, which shouldn't be shocking since all of the best people leave. This means more and more customer issues with every release and less satisfied customers. More time spent dealing with fixing the issues and not writing new software. Developers need to do a better job of making sure the code they write functions correctly and Q/A needs to ensure that what is being developed works.

    Advice to Management

    Do yourself a favor and start cleaning house of many of your managers. EFI allows managers and directors to stick around when they have no purpose within the company. Try letting some of them go in the next round of cuts and quit cutting the people that do all of the actual work. Perhaps get rid of some of the managers and replace them with people that have vision and drive.

    Start treating your employees with respect. Many of the offices around the U.S. never see the CEO. He only travels to the offices that he deems worthy of showing up to. It makes employees feel like they have been forgotten by the executives.

    Start giving the employees in the U.S. a path to be promoted. Why would you think you can get the best talent and then squash them by keeping them stuck in the same roll year after year with no chance of advancement? This is ludicrous and it needs to stop.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Life at Kodak

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and work/life balance. Good people at my location.

    Cons

    Good old boys network has bought the company to it's knees. In Chapter 11. Those at the top are simply stuffing their pockets with what cash is left and waiting for chapter 7.

    Advice to Management

    You should all quit in shame.

  3. Helpful (3)

    Poor management and evironment

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Met some great people from all different backgrounds

    Cons

    Terrible management and stressed out employees

    Advice to Management

    Work on employee development and career path. Employees are what make a good company great and they should be happy in their work environment. HR was non responsive to several issues that took place the time I was there. They sat while things got worse and did not take action.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Prepare to brown nose to get ahead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at EFI full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good location. Good people. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't understand what most departments do and what they need to do their jobs. Favoritism runs rampant. From the facilities (it is apparent the "main" building where all the executives reside had about 80% of the "perks" budget while the "other" building has little to none of the amenities or "fancy" decor. All the rewards and recognition goes to one or two groups primarily and the contributions of many departments including operationsand finance, etc are rarely if ever part of the "giveaways" Also Vutek seems to not have to play by the same rules as a favored branch.

    Advice to Management

    Every employee is working hard and adds value. Try recognizing someone other than quality or people who kiss up to management.

  6. PM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EFI

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice new facility (although frequent Air conditioning malfunction)

    Cons

    lots of new developing politics.
    Director of PM incompetent
    below average pay

  7. Helpful (3)

    Do not honor families.

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    Former Employee - Inventory in Ypsilanti, MI
    Former Employee - Inventory in Ypsilanti, MI

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros to report

    Cons

    Ink is more important than your family.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Missing core infrastructure and best practice essentials for strong working relationships and product production.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance is supported. Benefits are solid.

    Cons

    Pittsburgh management team boarders on nepotism.......people are promoted and allowed to conduct themselves by different rules, based on their years of service and relationships with management rather than their skills and prior performance to fit the job. If you work outside of the Pittsburgh office you are simply not considered in the decision making processes, regardless of your role and resource responsibilities. Directors do not possess adequate skills/abilities to manage staff resources, in turn they would rather share false information than to deal with a possibly difficult conversation/situation, which makes for mixed messages and the perspective that managers/directors are untrustworthy and manipulative. HR is non existent as an influencing business partner and to influence/ensure best practice conduct with employee development issues. Poor communication unless you exist the Pittsburgh hub. People who are liked by Directors/Managers are treated well and have ample opportunities, rather than performance based opportunities for all. Having watched this behavior for many years, I have not seen any improvements in these behaviors, nor do I have reason to hope for significant change.

    Advice to Management

    Your Pittsburgh leadership is unhealthy. You would benefit from looking inward and really assessing what is going on, not just from the Pittsburgh point of view, but also from the other offices that are impacted by Pittsburgh decisions. Correct poor staff management with performance reform at the manager/director level.

  9. Helpful (3)

    No Direction, Horrible Leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was there for a long time I guess that was a positive.

    Cons

    The management team, the review process, the lack of bonus and merit increases, the CTO's or known as Company Time Off they forced on you. I could go on.

    Advice to Management

    Please quit to allow others to bring in new ideas.

  10. Helpful (3)

    If you have a choice, just turn around and simply walk away........

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn first hand what you don't want your future employers to be. A bad experience is always a learning experience.

    Cons

    Employees are not valued in this company. Everything is about making the Execs richer at the expense of the employees.

    Advice to Management

    There's nothing I can say to these people that hasn't been said yet.

  11. Helpful (2)

    There are lots of other companies to work for in the Bay Area

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Nice view of the bay and the San Mateo bridge from the building.
    -Close to the shopping center.

    Cons

    -No career mobility. Even though you do as you're asked and show personal and career growth, there's no promotions.
    -Peers reviews were a waste of time. Some people chose friends to review them rather than all internal business contacts to review their work. This leads to inflated review scores.
    -Salary increases workers got were a joke, if we got any at all.
    -Poor salaries = poor engineers. If you want better engineers, you have to pay for them.
    -The company making you take time off whether you wanted to or not. These were called CTOs
    -Some products that were full of bugs were still shipped. The rationale was because we needed to make the schedule and there was no concern for end user perception of EFI, nor the end user having a good experience with the products

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers. There were good ideas pitched by people in the past but for some reason, upper management ignored them and the status quo was maintained. Who knows where the company would be now if these ideas were acted upon.

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