Newport Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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Newport President, CEO, and Director Robert J. Phillippy
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  1. Worst career move ever!

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Newport full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They'll throw money at you to entice you. Their benefits and bonus structure looks very inviting on paper. They do have a quantum of honesty during the interview process. Typically in the form of a question that goes along the lines of: "How do you feel about working with a bunch of jerks?" Do not mistake this for a joke.

    Like anything in life, there are diamonds in the rough. There are a some there with great technical talent who are also wonderful human beings.

    Cons

    The most dysfunctional organization I've ever seen rife with hostility, and harassment. Sink or swim ethics. Talented people being fired over personality mismatch and not actual performance. Complete technical dishonesty from senior management when dealing with customers. They will lie about cost and schedule then drive both up once they have a PO in hand. They will treat your organization the way a big company like Lockheed or Boeing treat the government in terms of cost and schedule. But unlike the government you're company doesn't have an unlimited supply of money. They offer absolutely no return on investment. Their facilities are vermin infested. Expect ants to invade your desk and to find rodent feces in your cabinets and shelves. A lot of the senior staff don't do any work. The workload gets dumped on new hires and contractors, many of whom are pushed out or leave within a year. There is extremely high turnover. If they seem desperate to hire you, run away as fast as you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start with a clean slate. Have senior directors who actually manage. Topple all the little kingdoms and depose the Junta made up of lower level staff who seem to run the place. Its really embarrassing that this organization drives off very strong technical talent over the word of a few who in many cases don't even have the dignity of an engineering degree. Because of them the organization is hemorrhaging talent, customers and earning a reputation in the industry that isn't flattering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    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 (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
  3. 4 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
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  5. 2 people 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
  6. 4 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
  7. 2 people 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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