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EFI Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
186 Reviews

3.2
186 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 20 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 feels it is more important to save money by sending jobs outside of the U (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not honor families.

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to report

    Cons

    Ink is more important than your family.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person 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

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    No Direction, Horrible Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Most dysfunctional company I've ever been associated with

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    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer  in  Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in Meredith, NH

    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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Foster City, CA

    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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Worst.Employer.Ever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Foster City location was nice, but EFI is moving to who knows where after selling the building to Gilead. The only pro of working here is being taken away.

    Cons

    Everything from layoffs to budget cutbacks to no incentives to work hard. Every single expense has been scrutinized 10 times over. This company is no longer growing but is trying to prevent its own demise. The printing industry as a whole is dying and the Fiery business is dying with it. You often hear the CEO brag about record revenues and record profits, yet there are no raises, and select bonuses for those who are favorites of the VPs. After hearing of record breaking months and quarters, you get a lousy polo shirt and news that there are more budget cuts coming, and more outsourcing to the India location and that we need to work harder to make the numbers. EFI is about as good of an example of a corporation gone wrong as any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VPs are more worried about their image then the performance of the company. EFI only gives promotions without raises. Why? Why would anyone want more work and responsibilities for the same pay? Everyone feels like we are walking on eggshells for fear of upsetting the VPs by telling the truth. I think most of the company is either waiting to be laid off or is the process of looking to jump ship.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    We are cheap, and don't care about our employees. - EFI motto.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    - Good co -workers
    - Go location.
    (Filing in to hit the 20 word minimum)

    Cons

    - NON existent HR.
    - Don't get trapped by the whole "Green card " thing. It's bonded labor with no pay, here.
    - Work on bugs.
    - No career development.
    - Poor pay.
    - Bad bonuses. (almost non existent)
    - Promotion = more bugs, no pay. You either get a raise or a title change, dare you ask for both !
    - Mandatory vacation. This gets deducted from the vacation time that you have accrued.
    -Useless upper management. "We just like to play on our blackberries and have unproductive meetings."
    -Poor cross team communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat us with respect lest don't be so shocked with the mass exodus of engineers leaving.

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

    Something is better than nothing,

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    1) good office location
    2) flexible work environment

    Cons

    1) No respect for people
    2) Still using old technology
    3) No growth
    4) Very low Salaries
    5) Lack of innovation
    6) Mostly engineers work only on bugs. A very few people work on new development.
    7) There is nothing to learn.
    8) Lot of time to sit idle and doing nothing. I have seen many employees doing this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Talk to people and value them
    2) bring innovative and young talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It your good at playing the game and kissing up to management you'll love it!

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    Former Employee - Technical Services Engineer  in  Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Meredith, NH

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, if you miss deadlines - no problem, everyone else does too so no big deal. Fridays in the summer are like half days in grade school after liquid lunch at the town docks you get to go home!

    Cons

    Last min travel? Management has no issues asking if you'll leave now, like book a flight and don't spend to much time packing because you'll miss you flight kind of now. Management got 360 reviews one year and true store they promoted the one with the worst 360 review to director. Finally got raises after 3 years 2% increase, really no raises for 3 years and that's what employees deserve after the companies records a record year?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major changes are needed. Not really sure where they should start or if it's worth it. Growth is coming from competitors who are dying because print industry is dead. Invest in digital displays is the best advice I could give them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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