EFI Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
192 Reviews
3.2
192 Reviews
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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.  

    Do not promote from within

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits that include same sex or partner benefits on first day of employment.

    Cons

    - Do not promote from within - would prefer to hire from outside the company overlooking valued and competent employees.
     - Business units do not work together for the good of the company.
     - Work-life balance is difficult and not encouraged. No recognition or compensation for extra hours, weekends etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Promote from within to retain good and valued employees.
    - Get BU's to work more closely together.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    work at EFI

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a good company to work for a long period of time there is no pressure at all, almost no overtimes but salary is relatively low some people I know work here more than 15 years

    Cons

    It is too slow after 1 year of working in that company you fill the starting of degradation yourself, as a employee you are not going to get new knowledge .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good company, work\life balance is ok, nice coworkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Endless bug fixing, lack of new projects.

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

    I worked at EFI full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location and laid-back corporate atmosphere.

    Cons

    Most of engineering jobs are really maintenance jobs. The technology is outdated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Busy work, Nice Employers

    Former Employee - Temp/Inspector/Cleaner/Loader
    Former Employee - Temp/Inspector/Cleaner/Loader

    I worked at EFI full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Busy work, Nice employers, Training on the job, Holiday breaks and Pay

    Cons

    Not enough people doing there job or enough employees hired to take care of the jobs available, perks, fair working

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    I learned a lot.

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics and Games

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow Up.

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

    Sr. Program Manager in Fiery Business Unit

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, except for the pay

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

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Pros

    Smart, 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    The stock is above 30 finally. Look for a buyer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great culture, but document everything twice

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Document 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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