FEI
3.3 of 5 23 reviews
www.fei.com Hillsboro, OR 1000 to 5000 Employees

FEI Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2014
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3.3 23 reviews

                             

80% Approve of the CEO

FEI President, CEO, and Director Don R. Kania

Don R. Kania

(15 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company but management leaves a lot to be desired

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Hillsboro, OR

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementFEI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    up and down

    Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsGood Pay. Excellent technology.Intelliigent workforce

    ConsSmall work force compared to install base

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more service

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Driven to the shareholders

    Technical (Current Employee)
    Hillsboro, OR

    ProsStock 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.

    ConsWe 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 Senior ManagementWhat 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to start the career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery friendly environment and colleagues

    ConsVery slow raise and no big plan

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    Small company with great products

    Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
    Hillsboro, OR

    ProsGreat pay and incentives plan

    ConsSmall company, not many opportunities for growth

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote your good people!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Consdealing with a blurred matrix organisation

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall a decent place to work, more stable than competitors

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosstable 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

    ConsHigh 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 Senior ManagementGet 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?

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