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EFI Reviews

Updated Jul 17, 2014
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2.8 181 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

EFI CEO and Director Guy Gecht

Guy Gecht

(117 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosflexible hrs, nice people to work for in most departments

    Conslow salary; employee appreciation is artificial; poor moral most of time

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest more in your workforce; get rid of the folks that lack vision

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I learned a lot.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsChallenging work, good people, great location. It can be an aggressive environment but I learned a lot from it that made me more marketable.

    ConsToo much offshore (India). Aggressive environment. Not sure the future of this business is sound anymore.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management needs to be less aggressive with employees. It felt like the US was a sinking ship and that it would soon go almost offshore.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Politics and Games

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Meredith, NH

    ProsThe people who worked here were excellent to work with. Newer management was also a pleasure to work for.

    ConsOlder seasoned management plays games with contract employees and says one thing and does another.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow Up.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Sr. Program Manager in Fiery Business Unit

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Foster City, CA

    Pros- Talented bunch of people
    - Great collaborative culture
    - Clear messages/communication from the senior executives

    Cons- A large group of the software development and testing talents are in Bangalore, India - too far away for the business hours, takes additional efforts in getting well coordinated.
    - Compensations - Less than the SF Bay Area average
    - Has allowed too many good talents to leave the company
    - Too much work for each individual (I felt like drinking from a fire hose), resulting in communication slugishness
    - Way too much importance placed on the company's bottom line (although I understand it's very important)
    - Because of some or all mentioned above, the majority of people are stressed
    - Unclear whether the digital printing industry has a bright future

    Advice to Senior ManagementPerhaps, the Fiery product's price-to-cost ratio is getting smaller. Although the prices are getting more and more competitive, the development cost must be rising. The senior managements' messages are always focused on "produce more with less", advocating the "lean and mean attitude". It seems it has been pushed as far as possible. To keep selling the same products, you could not continue reducing the work force unless the product's architecture were changed - simply put, it costs a lot to develop Fierys. The core brain power resides in Foster City, not in Bangalore (I hope those in Bangalore do not take this personally), so moving more work to India should not be the answer. it has to be something else. Unfortunately, I do not have a specific advice I can give. Though, I want my former colleagues to succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good experience, except for the pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsSmart, friendly people
    Leader in digital print technology, as it is
    Comfortable work environment (in Foster City)
    - Note that this was in their Foster City location. I understand they are moving to the East Bay.

    ConsThe Fiery business is slowly sinking as the general printing business shrinks, and it seems to be a cash cow. Other areas may be better (like large format VUTEK or the Applications management businesses).
    Pay is below average in the industry. Bonuses are small. Raises are small. RSUs (if you get them) are small.
    Extra work is generally expected to "get the job done". Weekends and late nights are not uncommon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe stock is above 30 finally. Look for a buyer.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of Potential, Need to Harness the Energy

    People Manager (Current Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsFreedom to do what I please. I can foresee a problem, select my own project, gather other interested members to partner with, and drive to solve the problem with complete autonomy.

    ConsHaving complete autonomy means I can introduce a solution without approval from stakeholders. I can develop a product without any insight into what the market really wants and needs. I can invest money without the prospect of ROI or a prognosis for future revenue with the product. I can release something with poor quality (not that I know because we do not benchmark criteria to determine "good" quality that is mutually acceptable to our customer base) and pass it to Tech Support without their buy-in and with very little information on how to support this product.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTighter checks and balances over projects. While admirable that we can all run with our ideas, every individual is not equipped with the tools to plan projects, costing analysis, variable cost of manufacture, projections, predictive monitoring, and many other aspects needed for a sound project. Projects should not pass checkpoints without fully satisfying the requirements for that stage. If we have not met them, then we should repeat the stage so that we get it right. Our customers depend on us to do the needful in this regard.

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people. Management and direction of company is a work in progress.

    Senior Product Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsI really loved the people and my immediate managers. For most of my career there, my immediate managers trusted me and let me try on new things.

    ConsAs company grew, the culture changed a lot. It became less about rewarding people for great work, more about money, and political. Training is scare if you aren't on the "chosen" list.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake more time to think through things versus looking at money. Never forget that your employees contribute greatly to your success, so it pays to treat them all well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great culture, but document everything twice

    Software Quality Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsThe work-life balance is supported, the benefits are excellent and most of your colleagues are genuinely team players. Training receives some support, particularly if you pursue it yourself. Casual atmosphere, casual attire, and flexible schedules are good, and when I worked there, the company closed down just prior to the Christmas holidays and reopened after New Year's day. HR people are generally excellent and helpful.

    ConsDocument everything you are directed to do, and keep copies of your performance reviews. Some managers, including project managers, have very flexible memories, and if you have the necessary documentation, it can save you. You need to watch your back, even from your own team members.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to better inform your managers what is legal and ethical in terms of dealing with your immediate reports, both while they are still employed at the company and after they leave.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great people but pay scale is below industry average

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsLots of flexibility, best people I've worked with in my entire career. Most people have good attitude and helpful.

    ConsCompany is a bit unorganized. Continuing to buy up companies/competitors to gain market share but no process in integrating them into the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to increase your pay scale to meet the silicon valley standard if you want to keep your good people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    EFI Engineering Intern Review

    QA Engineer (Former Employee) Foster City, CA

    ProsGreat community, fun environment to work in.

    ConsSome members were not as able in the company but were still being held there.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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