EMCORE Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
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EMCORE President, CEO, and Director Hong Q. Hou
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  1.  

    Emcore has the potential to be a market leader, but the internal disfunctional management is killing this company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at EMCORE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The cutting edge technology in several areas is an incentive to work at this company.
    And I liked the can-do attitude to get problems solved at the technical level.

    Cons

    There were several million-dollar programs that were being run as graduate student projects. No documentation, no work processes, and 'star' leaders that would not work with anyone. Teamwork was not something that was encouraged, and individual mistakes were severely punished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in an experienced business management team and demote the PhD's to technical leadership. Focus on the value of product lines, and the actual costs of each product line. Install teamwork processes, and create business processes and structures. Make the effort to really value your personnel, instead of using them as a cash-flow balancing tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    waste of time

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Alhambra, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Alhambra, CA

    I worked at EMCORE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    none, none , none , none

    Cons

    Layoffs , Layoffs and more Layoffs .... good people are leaving .
    Record success in loosing $$ year after year .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people and good ideas flushed down the drain by incredibly inept management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The technical staff who work here are typically incredibly knowledgeable and talented.

    Cons

    The high talent level is dragged down by an inability to remove obvious dead weight, which typically moves up the ladder with this company. If you are useless, or are good at sounding intelligent without putting any effort into your ideas you should apply today with this company, you will probably make manager within a few years. Salaries are abysmal, and the rewards are only verbal. If you can pay your bills with "atta-boys" you will be just fine. Unfortunately, most of us need an monetary investment in our personal worth from our employer. The saddest part is that everyone at the company who is not buddy-buddy with senior management knows that it is a terrible company, and has grown to expect things to not change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go join a terrorist organization, so they can benefit from your highly effective ways at demoralizing members and destroying competent people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    One of the most dysfunctional companies I've ever worked at

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Alhambra, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Alhambra, CA

    I worked at EMCORE full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Umm.... I guess if you suck at your job then you might be safe here.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything from pay to incentives to equipment to employee morale and getting anything accomplished. Oh and the stock price performance is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. You're all talk and no substance. It amazes me that you're still employed in your capacity considering the stock price performance and the inability of your company to do anything well. If it wasn't for the US government propping you guys up you're house of cards would have been dead a long time ago. Talk is cheap and everyone worth keeping can see through your charades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Poor management, poor training. China company taking control

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The are no pros other than I have a job this week. Some people are nice.

    Cons

    No raises, no bonus, benefits cut, no money to get tools needed to do job. Management hands off. Benefits horrible. Salary low. People do not help. 80s style management except its 30 years later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the dead management out or just move to china.

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

    Duct tape and Bailing wire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some very good people who are working very hard to keep the place afloat. These people are worth way more than they are getting.

    Cons

    No interest in fixing things the right way.....just slap it back together and keep the wafers moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you intend to keep the manufacturing in the states (questionable) then you will need to modernize some of your equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rowing the boat with one paddle.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Newark, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Newark, CA

    I worked at EMCORE

    Pros

    Laid back work environment. Good work/life balance. There was a solid foundation at least from a resource standpoint after the divestiture from Intel.

    Cons

    Clear lack of direction from senior management. Their acquisition of Intel's Optical Platform Division was followed by sugar coated kool aid speeches of how the employees are the most important asset. Six months later there was a mass layoff because of The Great Recession. Those who were left were given promotions even though they were not the best candidates to fill in the void. To say that title inflation runs amok at that place is an understatement. My very job was posted on the company's website a year ago, and I was not even given time of day after applying again. Wow, so you didn't even consider calling back those you laid off? Quality costs, but it looks like you don't want to put your money where your mouth is after reading the other reviews by current and former employees.

    I cringe thinking what has become of all the top shelf test and capital equipment that is languishing in a shelf or storage area. I'd love to use a fraction of it in my current job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know who replaced the senior management that left during the great purge, but they seem to be no better. You failed to retain the best and the brightest and it shows in your standing in the fiber optics space

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Super cheap company with good technology

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Newark, CA

    I have been working at EMCORE

    Pros

    Very bright engineers who enjoy the technology

    Cons

    Extraordinarily cheap company which refuses to spend money on even the basics (office supplies, lab supplies, laptops, wireless that works); currently offers salaries below market value because of the bad economy; has very poor benefits (thank God for my wife's benefits!); many people seem bitter at the company culture of "do twice as much with half the support"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update from Lotus Notes, for God's sake! It has the worst GUI ever. That will save us many hours per week of extra work.

    Spend a little money to keep your employees happy; give them the tools they need to do their jobs. Otherwise, as the economy gets better, there will be a huge exodus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Frustrated by the management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EMCORE

    Pros

    Good, intelligent and hard working colleagues. Good technologies.

    Cons

    Very limited resources and hiring process is extremely slow. Management is a mess, with defined priority shifts but not willing to slow down on ANYTHING. Very poor benefits. In short words, company does not really care about the employee. Appreciation is only at verbal level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more efficient and stick to the plan. Not changing it on a weekly basis. Drive quality from internal and not ONLY drive by customer.

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