Bookham Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
12 Reviews
3.2
12 Reviews
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Bookham President, CEO, and Director Alain Couder
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  1.  

    very good company

    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    good company, interesting and rewarding job

    Cons

    necessary to attend too many meetings

  2.  

    Trying to be a Technology leader for commodity products

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    High level of engineering talent.

    Cons

    Legacy processes from old Bookham / NorTel is slow to update to modern practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive for collaboration with in the management ranks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Mixed Bag

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bookham full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has good people, fair compensation, proud technology legacy and seems be have good relationships with technology partners and customers

    Cons

    The company is rarely profitable, other sites very spread out around the world for its size, you need to juggle many time zones, not enough investment in new technologies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on whittling away at the issues

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  5.  

    I actually worked for Oclaro

    Former Employee - Database Administrator  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Bookham full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people...they made me feel at home.

    Cons

    Learning new tasks. Having the ability to help in other departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve their database and shared my knowledge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great technologies, poor execution and management. New CEO is great, but not sure how fast he can make the company right

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bookham full-time

    Pros

    Great technologies, some brilliant coworkers

    Cons

    Poor execution and management, they may not really care

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Bookham

    Pros

    The product portfolio has been trimmed and new products have been added. The integration with Avanex seem to be progressing well. They are trying to plug the holes in the new product line up. Overall a good place and would suggest faster response from management to become an aggressive player in the telecom market.

    Cons

    Too many players and need a stronger product portfolio to lead the market with out which long term profitability is questionable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to act faster in resolving customer requests

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    No career or growth prospects here!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Bookham

    Pros

    decent compensation in this economy; flexible work hours though long; a very strategic and a good CEO

    Cons

    No growth or career prospects based on merit but based more on who you know and how well you are in with the hiring managers (may be a hang over from Corning days); need to get new products faster to market, but recent M&A bang on spot

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are key to the continued growth of any company. Senior mgmt seems to have no interest in charting a growth or advancement strategy for middle-mgmt; Need to get newer and better products faster to market like JDS & Finisar and not be a follower.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Was not so bad initially but then a little worse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bookham

    Pros

    Friendy ppl i have worked with

    Cons

    Manager does not exactly listen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more open to suggestions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    This is a real High-Tech / R&D company.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager  in  Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I have been working at Bookham full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You can learn and have experience of Multicultural from this company.

    Cons

    The organization structure is too complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Electronic engineer position

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    Former Employee - Electric Engineering
    Former Employee - Electric Engineering

    I worked at Bookham full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting technology with potential
    Challenging work for technical crew
    Good technical coworkers
    Decent compensation and benefits
    Good facilities and work environment

    Cons

    Bad management that does not know to sort the good and focus
    Mediocre products at some department being subsidised by the good products.
    The optical communication market is going down and the company financial status is very bad
    Mid management is very mediocre
     Most money goes to salespeople

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think out of the box
    Listen to the technical employees not the sleek salespeople

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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