Finisar Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
37 Reviews
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Finisar CEO and Director Eitan Gertel
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    company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Finisar

    Pros

    Smart people. New challenges everyday

    Cons

    Raises are worse than the industry stadnards.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good freedom with mostly friendly colleague, however the company is facing too much competition

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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Finisar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    relatively flexible working hour
    quite diverse background of employee
    some management are easy-going

    Cons

    salary is lower than
    some projects are not organized enough
    some department is short-staffed while some are just redundant, make it unfair for some employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    organize the work in a better way. need a systematic way to solve different problems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good people, bad industry

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Finisar as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Smart co-workers.
    Good access to quality IT.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Unstable industry means poor job security.
    Projects can be boring or abruptly terminated due to lack of funding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't assign engineers to pointless projects with no future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    This is just my 2 cents: About Work Here on Production Floor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Finisar

    Pros

    It being super nice if you are stay long enough. As i know, one of the Vietnam guy making easy dollars here, more than 68hrs on time-sheet, but hanging around in mostly time.

    GYM area

    Flexible

    Cons

    Poor management, mess up everywhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance review for mid-term managers and lead person in every 6 moths

    Documentation control improvement

    Hire some more of quality person

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    what a weird trip it has been

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Finisar

    Pros

    collegial atmosphere among and between most workgroups. bright, and mostly idealistic, people who try harder because of competitive industry segment. flexible working hours. casual and informal work environment. attempt to create a "we are family" atmosphere.

    Cons

    senior management flounders around when creating a strategy, fails to get buy-in from everyone (when it even bothers to communicate strategy out to the rest of the company), executes poorly. average age of senior mgmt is fairly high, wonder what they've learned at prior positions. approach to work is blue-collar type of "git 'er done" mentality. approach to competitors is either "shoot 'em up" like a bunch of cowboys or throw money at them by buying them out; only to realize after the fact that the IP or market share purchased is worth mostly tiddly-winks. management is by personality instead of by principles. weird incestuous relationship between senior management team where they will fight tooth and nail among themselves, but gang up in a moment against anyone outside senior management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop sweethearting money to senior management to buy their loyalty. loyalty that is bought cannot be kept when the money dries up. outsource processes as necessary, critical company IP has already been stolen many times over. with outsourcing you at least can zero in on the source of the leaks or thefts. get out of mainland china, they're a smug bunch of thieves. get out of malaysia, their greatest ambition in life is to match the smugness and thievery of the chinese operations. move cleanroom manufacturing to north-central thailand. either create operational processes or buy them off the shelf, simply accept the fact that we are weak on process-orientation. get off the "gee-whiz" high of super-cool finisar technology, we don't have an exclusive on the tech and never will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    OK

    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Ipoh (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Ipoh (Malaysia)

    I worked at Finisar as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good employee culture, helpful seniors, high scope in hardware testing, close to recent developments in electronics

    Cons

    not much scope for computer science graduates, Malaysia a costly place to live in

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    Mechanical engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Ipoh (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Ipoh (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Finisar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice work culture, light job, nice pay

    Cons

    Work is not challenging enough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Product Engineer

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Ipoh (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Ipoh (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Finisar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Good platform for fresh graduate.

    Cons

    Resource constraint from production in supporting engineering activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No much comment so far.

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    Product Engineer

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    Current Employee - Product Engineer  in  Ipoh (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Ipoh (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Finisar full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good for Fresh Graduates & Learn Basic Manufacturing Envoirement

    Cons

    No much scope for Growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits.
    Great talent base with years of industry knowledge from the CEO down
    Great tech
    Excellent tooling and equipment

    Cons

    Jobs moving overseas
    Downsizing, dowsizing, downsizing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You bought out a great company in 2008 but quickly discarded their staff. Stop doing that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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