EFI Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
191 Reviews
3.2
191 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.  

    Market domination is not market excellence.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at EFI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation is fair though not great for the average worker. They really do spend time on earnings reviews with employees and current market conditions.

    Cons

    There is a tendency to ignore the international customers and follow the whims and internal preferences of the USA management teams. They buy their competition and turn a blind eye to any best practices of the acquired company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ignore the gifts of your vendors and partners and focus on building a global company delivering success for your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    From good to great to DISASTER

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    benefits & pay, vacation time decent

    Cons

    No accountability at management level. Communication is less than stellar amongst various depts. within the entire organization. HR IS A JOKE! 15+ hour work day most days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look in the mirror and see what monsters you have become and then maybe do something about it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place for retirement.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer - Hourly Contractor  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer - Hourly Contractor in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at EFI as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Learned to puzzle out hard issues, communicate and getting good colleague relationships.

    Cons

    Some employees are working really hard, some of them NOT.
    Managers doesn't want to deal with employees requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention on who is doing his job, and who is wasting the time and company money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great hopes, phony people, watch your back

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    Former Employee - Software Quality  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Software Quality in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at EFI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility with schedules, casual attire, most teams have good composition.

    Cons

    Ridiculous clique behavior, unprofessional backbiting and scapegoating, manager playing favorites. The people laid off the last few years are no surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary your managers don't leave you open to lawsuits by referring to people's health issues. Encourage proper separation of manager and team familiarity and avoid favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Full of surprises...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Pros

    Good peer support, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    The company's upper management makes decisions as often as the wind changes direction. There is never a clear objective to any project and the overall project can change even after substantial investment of time and money. The company will boost about "record breaking revue" yet will not spend any money to improve it's infrastructure and you are always defending your job regardless of how good your performance has been. Within departments there is a sense of two divisions, one are the employees who are favored by the management based on their "ability" to do whatever is passed down without taking a second to review it's overall impact and the second group is those that take a moment to review what is being asked and look for fixes that make sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a minute to fully evaluate what you are asking your employees to do. Changing directions in the middle of a project only leads to fustration and money being thrown away with little to no impact on the overall company. And while an overseas presence is required in this day in age, you need to work hard on keeping your team in the US employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Everyone knows this is nowhere

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer  in  Meredith, NH
    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Meredith, NH

    I have been working at EFI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are the most important asset to this company

    Cons

    The company treats employees like toilet paper

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little money your employees, stop buying used furniture, fix the leaking roof.

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

    record profits but never trickles down to employees...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EFI full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great people, nice bldg, great view, stock slowly climbing up

    Cons

    no reward for work, record profits but yet everyone has to tighten belt, bonuses are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give some incentive stock or a bonus that really is a bonus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees are not the priority. The grass is probably greener...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EFI full-time

    Pros

    The benefits package is great. The employees are awesome. Having a flexible work schedule is a bonus.

    Cons

    Salaries are below market. The shareholders come first, the employees come second. Constantly changing priorities lead to frustrated employees feeling a lack of accomplishment. Too many meetings (yes, this company has meetings to discuss having meetings). The review process is meaningless. Goals are established which are impossible to measure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your dedicated employees. Stop losing good talent. Establish a plan and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Pennywise, pound foolish, the company is lost

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at EFI full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great location (but moving soon)
    Good people (many of which have gone elsewhere since the current brain trust took over)

    Cons

    Cheap with money for R&D
    They don't care about the good people
    POOR business decisions hurt bottomline
    Spending too much on acquisitions with bad return
    No idea where they are heading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to what EFI does well.
    Value your employees more
    Spend your money more wisely
    Upper management needs to get more in touch with what the people they "lead" actually do.

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

    Not worth the headache

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

    I worked at EFI full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Quality product line, exciting industry

    Cons

    no accountability, minimal leadership and zero direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Backfill necessary roles so you don't leave your team so filled with holes that you spend more time trying to "plug the dam" then running your business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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