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FEI Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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FEI President, CEO, and Director Don R. Kania
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  1.  

    becoming disenchanted

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Engineering in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is nice
    interesting products with challenging technical issues

    Cons

    growth has brought challenges. US is beholden to management in EU--EU is slow to respond and often at the expense of success in the US. Senior management is becoming more and more disconnected with reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees, really reward and value them and don't just talk about it. Get connected with reality of the business.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company but management leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    The company has many incredible people working for it and the technology is amazing. The work is varied and is rarely boring

    Cons

    The company is quickly becoming a victim of its own success by outgrowing their ability to serve their customers. Because every division is understaffed employees are being required to do superhuman efforts just to keep the customer's tools up and running.Because of this, salaried employees are regularly forced into working ridiculous overtime that they are not compensated or rewarded for in any way. The concept of work life balance does not exist.

    It is a very political place to work, with battles between departments, divisions and geographic regions. Middle management has rarely been trained how to develop and get the most out of their employees. As a result, high quality employees are left stranded with nowhere to go but out. Career advancement is by and large impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FEI has the potential to be an amazing place to work. Staff appropriately and invest in the company infrastructure so that people can spend less time firefighting, and more time preventing those fires in the first place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    up and down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay. Excellent technology.Intelliigent workforce

    Cons

    Small work force compared to install base

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Driven to the shareholders

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Technical in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stock is soaring. Record profits quarter after quarter.
    Little turnover, big RIF's haven't happened in years, little ones are silent and sudden
    Interesting technology
    Some good groups to work in. Career is as good as your manager
    Company will be around for a long time to come.

    Cons

    We are told to take time to do things right, yet consistently firefighters are rewarded and those doing what we are suppose to are passed over for raises

    Promotions are possible. Don't expect anything more than a title, almost nobody gets a salary bump, just more responsibilities and often are poorly reviewed by the group they exit.

    Headquarters in US; but Europe dictates everything. See other reviews

    Record profits all the time, lucky to get 2% raise and told employees are the greatest asset

    Lower management often lies and there is no accountability

    Lots of lower management have created empires that serve individual values, not their function. Don't question an empire or a cherished.

    Actually told that to be a meets employee I need to consistently be there 8 am till 6 and 7 pm and weekends like everyone else, otherwise I'm not meeting the corporate published value statement

    Open door doesn't exist. Speak out and your career is over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What is presented in company meetings is awesome; however, the direct managers contradict what senior manager states. When questioned, I'm are told "that's what the company line is for the meetings, we will continue doing ... instead". Senior management is isolated from the realities of what their staff is actually doing

    You hire very talented and intelligent folks, then insult their intelligence with conflicting statements across the board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start the career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEI

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and colleagues

    Cons

    Very slow raise and no big plan

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Small company with great products

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and incentives plan

    Cons

    Small company, not many opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your good people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    great potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEI full-time

    Pros

    fantastic technology
    dorking with the best scientists in the world
    technology leader

    Cons

    dealing with a blurred matrix organisation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overall a decent place to work, more stable than competitors

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEI

    Pros

    stable company, interesting products and technology, people working there are professional but casual and generally nice to work with. Advancement potential if you are in the right place at the right time

    Cons

    High achievers are rewarded with more work not compensation, while others who just get by have no reason to do more... we all get roughly the same increases of 1-3% IF there is an increase. 50-50 shot at that.

    So the performance based comp is a bit of a joke unless as I said, you are in the right place at the right time or manage to transfer around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. The company will never grow the way you want it to until you get the fundamental functions working together smoothly.

    Management plays musical chairs every 2-3 years, and half completed solutions to our real problems get scrapped. We do it all over again, just in a different way so someone could have a so-called accomplishment on his resume.

    Quit telling us about cutting costs when the executives wasted a ton of money after being stuck in Europe because of the volcano - and later bragging about it. What was wrong with staying there and WORKING?

    Approves of CEO

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