Newport Reviews

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Newport President, CEO, and Director Robert J. Phillippy
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    A company with no strategy, struggling to remake it's identity, poor prospects for organic growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits package is good and competitive with other companes

    Cons

    Company is acting more like a holding company than a cohesive business. Poor integration of recent acquisitions particularly in creating a coordinated sales force. Overlapping product lines and internal competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a 5 year plan and implement it, focus on core competencies,

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

    Difficult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Newport

    Pros

    Newport products are critical part of research and high tech equipment advances in Microelectronics, Defense, Astronomy, and Life and Health Sciences. Competitive pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Very fragmented company structure. Management makes decisions based on what will help them achieve their near term objectives for their department/division, not based on what is in the best interest of the customers, employees or long term interest of the share holders and company at large. Little, to no, accountability for failure to meet commitments. There are some very dedicated employees that carry the weight and step in and perform the tasks of others, but even they cannot compensate for the poor day to day management and lack of effort to improve systems, efficiencies, processes and service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at solving systemic issues. So many resources are involved in reactive "firefighting" that nobody can or will take the time to investigate, identify the root cause, and put the issus to rest, especially because it involves so many different divisions that do not cooperate well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor leadership, the General Manager is running the division as though it is a separate entity from the corporation.

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Newport

    Pros

    The benefits package for a position with Newport is fairly decent with the company covering 80% of Medical insurance. There is also 401K matching and profit sharing available.

    Cons

    The Sales group has been a revolving door for almost 5 years. This is due to several reasons, mostly because the GM, who is a micro-manager, is unable to articulate the exact requirements for what he would consider success. There are little to no systems in place to help achieve any goals that would be set either. The GM has no experience in sales and is unable to comprehend or appreciate the value of a qualified sales rep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove the General Manager from his position and you should see at least a 10 to 15% growth in sales! The replacement leader should embrace the Newport Corporate name and leverage this to gain access to accounts globally.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work if you are a director or above

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Newport

    Pros

    The only thing that is a pro is that the company serves the industry that may not directly tie into mainstream, so does not have an affect on the recent economic downturn.
    There is no other pros

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. Company is really focus on making upper managment and executives richer. Very low incentives for employees. No cross training and no mentoring environment to encourage growth and promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus more on fostering growth and mentoring of existing talent pool

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would look elsewhere for advancement

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Newport

    Pros

    401 K matching is good. Wide variety of products, Once you find a connection at another site they tend to be helpful.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, mediocre health plan for a company of its size. Micromanaged from the CEO down. No clear picture as to the direction the company is going in. ESOP and Option Grants are all but unheard of at any level below director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No brand recognition as Newport,, Spectra-Physics div is the rogue elephant, a shell of what it once was. Management needs to leverage the the whole of Newport and act as one company. The reputation in the field is suffering. Time for some changed in the old boy network across all the divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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