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Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
39 Reviews
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EFI CEO and Director Guy Gecht
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Work-life balance (Much better than Koreans and Japs) (in 21 reviews)

  • Having a flexible work schedule is a bonus (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor HR policies, company runs at the whims of the senior management of US (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't understand what most departments do and what they need to do their jobs (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Life at Kodak

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    You should all quit in shame.

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

    Poor management and evironment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Met some great people from all different backgrounds

    Cons

    Terrible management and stressed out employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Prepare to brown nose to get ahead

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    PM

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EFI

    Pros

    nice new facility (although frequent Air conditioning malfunction)

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Do not honor families.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inventory in Ypsilanti, MI
    Former Employee - Inventory in Ypsilanti, MI

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros to report

    Cons

    Ink is more important than your family.

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

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Direction, Horrible Leadership

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Please quit to allow others to bring in new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Most dysfunctional company I've ever been associated with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in Meredith, NH

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

    Pros

    - Safe, clean environment
    - Decent benefits
    - Talented mechanical design group
    - Interesting, challenging work

    Cons

    - Lacks upper level management leadership
    - Development Group and Mfg Group have adversarial relationships
    - New Products being pushed into Mfg before designs and testing is complete causing major issues with supplier delivery and huge amounts of rework in Mfg
    - Mfg Management extremely negative and don't want to hear what's going well - only what's going wrong which results in figure pointing, unconstructive relationships, and hardworking, dedicated people losing their jobs becasue management won't take responsibility for anything.
    - Multiple cultures under one roof; Development group generally very collaborative, Mfg Group managed by threats and bullying; my job was threatened only two weeks into my employment. Most companies you are still learning peoples names and where the bathrooms are after just two weeks.
    - Mfg Management treats lower and mid-level employees like a fantasy football league. Rather than managing, leading, and removing barriers, they give you a month to figure it out, then let you go.
    - Irresponsible employment practices. Once a temp, always a temp. Many employees having been working as temps with no benefits for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's 100% all about culture and leadership; Overhaul Mfg Management with people that live the advertised corporate culture. Otherwise, the clulture hype by the CEO become just "blah blah blah"; Treat people the way you expect to be treated; look in the mirrorand remember that your kids may someday work for people just like you. Based on what I experienced, that should make you very concerned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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