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Newport Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
26 Reviews
2.7
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Newport President, CEO, and Director Robert J. Phillippy
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  1.  

    Product specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newport full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great place to work, great friendly people

    Cons

    wages are low relative to the OC area

  2.  

    All about the money

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA

    I have been working at Newport full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    401 K Match is above average. They pay you. Have a nice HR department. Free instant coffee water. Easy to be the smartest person in the room.

    Cons

    No options for personal growth, if you are liked by your manager they can decide to stagnate your growth for their own personal gains. Middle management is incompetent and should be fired. No interpersonal skills from all of the managers. Favoritism is more important than individual performance. Lacking in proper structure and rules are not enforced. Product design is inferior and not worth the prices. Corporate mission is to buy companies and send product overseas to maximize their profit margins. Will close a product line if profit margins are to low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be treated as an investment not a cost figure. If silicon valley is to expensive move the company to another state to improve your profit margins. Moving a product overseas is the worst idea I have seen yet from upper management due to the complexity of some of these products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and compensation. Internal training and cross training. Casual dress code. Flexibility with regard to meal breaks and shift start and finish times.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment with regard to promotion policies. Favoritism. Unfair review and disciplinary practices. Some employees held to stricter standards than others. Lay offs usually restricted to hourly workers. Salaried employees got to keep their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the people more than profit and maybe you'll have more loyal and happier employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Maybe a good place to work, depends on which div and re-org one works under; don't expect loyalty.

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

    I worked at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee. On-site cafeteria. Pay & severance policy are reasonable. 401k match, health benefits, life & long-term disability insurance are good. 10 holidays per year; good vacation plan for tenured employees, if one can survive. NPO’s Optical Manufacturing Engineering department has strong leadership and skilled engineers. Some technicians are highly skilled.

    Cons

    The NPO division reorganizes management about every 5 years, currently suffers from nepotism, and is a hostile work environment for those that are not friends or relatives of its management. Optical fab dept management and coating dept technical leadership lack interpersonal skills and practical working knowledge of English; their written communication skills leave one trying to interpret the gist of messages, except the thinly veiled attempts of public humiliation. Experienced techs (not family or old friends of management) are treated with little respect and are in constant fear of being written up or let go. Dedicated & qualified managers, support staff, and techs have been discarded while others remain who destroy morale and poison the well; the "good old boy network" is alive and well in NPO. Little investment in modernizing old equipment. Irvine is an expensive city to live in and is difficult to commute to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire & promote leaders that have succeeded in prior businesses. Putting those in charge who have already failed a couple times does not inspire confidence with the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport

    Pros

    Good entry level job. Veterans are usually willing to teach you the ropes. Education reimbursement.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement. Employees stay in their positions for years which leaves no room for people underneath them to move up. Very little communication with upper management except for the annual review. No job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your employees stagnate in their positions for years on end. This blocks new people from coming onboard and makes it unlikely for fresh ideas to be brought in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company could be worse but you will eventually want to leave.

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Newport full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k match is great. The company is smaller so you get to know everyone. Generally good people.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible and the is almost no room for advancement. When you do get promoted they limit any pay raise to 5% rather than what the new title should pay. Pay seems below market average for all positions I held.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look up employee effectiveness and work on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, but no upward mobility

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

    I worked at Newport full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment, Great people

    Cons

    Very few advancement opportunities, too frequent layoffs, salaries below par

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on promoting your top performers instead of just buying other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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