CVI Melles Griot

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CVI Melles Griot Reviews

Updated March 1, 2014
Updated March 1, 2014
10 Reviews

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    Melles Griot

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    A lot of nice and knowledgable coworkers

    Cons

    Limited investment in new technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more resource to new things

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    Great co workers and interesting work

    Cons

    Constant turnover of upper level management leads to constant change. Little support from other managers/departments. Constantly apologizing to customers for our mistakes. Changes are made without consulting the people that will be using or affected by changes. Little opportunity to advance unless you have the "right" degree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    They have poor management, and Discriminate, Do not Promote Employees from within

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    Former Employee - N/A  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Carlsbad, CA

    Pros

    Some of the Coworkers were Very Nice to work with. Lower level Management was way under qualified, and upper Management was Blind to the Quality of how people are treated.

    Cons

    I suffered a Great Deal of Discrimination

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to Be more Honest so they don't Ruin their Good Working people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    The work is interesting and they do produce a quality product. They also have a wide variety of products and some very knowledgable people.

    Cons

    They take advantage of their employees. They don't provide the necessary equipment in some departments. There is too much finger pointing and the department managers rarely take any responsibility. They promised not to have lay offs then three weeks before Christmas they laid of 10% of their employees. They treat their employees like dirt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the drama between the different departments. Each department should be kept accountable for their own work and should not be able to dump their work on other departments.

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

    Got out of there just in time.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    Met some good coworkers and made long lasting friendships. Was an excellent company when I got there.

    Cons

    2 ownership changes have led to a continual cost cutting mentality, usually via layoffs, leading to brainn drain and talent loss.

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

    Downward spiral of a once good company

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Manager in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    At this point there are few if any

    Cons

    Unfortunately CVI Melles Griot has been recently purchased by IDEX Corp and since that purchase the company has taken a drastic hit in moral, intellect loss, and leadership. I would strongly suggest avoid this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the business before making poor choices in direction

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

    Average or below average place to work.

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    Former Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in San Diego, CA

    Pros

    Technically sound, smart people in management, profitable. Good place to start out and gain some experience, easy to get hired.

    Cons

    Investment bank-owned, bought and sold to a new group of investors every few years. Production technicians and engineers are underpaid compared to other businesses in the area. This seems to attract lower quality workers with issues that make them unemployable at other companies. High turnover.

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    Management does a fine job with what they have to work with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management has little experience outside CVI tenure.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    Well known and industry leader with diversified product offering.
    Realitively safe working conditions.
    Overtime for the hourly employee nearly always available.

    Cons

    Local management has little experience outside CVI which limits their point of view on managment styles.
    Old equipment limits ability to maintain quality levels and productivity.
    Resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more than lip service to improvement efforts. Define expectations clearly so they can be met.
    SMART goals should be used.

    Approves of CEO
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    Conroller of all of financing & accounting.

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    Former Employee - Controller  in  Bucheon (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Controller in Bucheon (South Korea)

    Pros

    CVI-Korea was a very strong company before join the current parents company.

    Cons

    Company is going to downsizing since join the IDEX.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on.

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

    Review of Melles Griot inside the CVI-Melles Griot Organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A business where the individual has an opportunity to standout and make significant contributions that impact the overall success of the company.

    Cons

    Each North American office (NY, NM, CA) operates very differently with a unique culture that may or may not be desirable to everyone. Melles Griot has struggled to achieve anything better than "also-ran" status for too many of their core future growth technologies. As a result, business growth has been largely flat for the last several years leading to internal budget tightening and increased work loads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a manufacturing company, unless the CVI-MG develops significant optical component technology that is truly original, protectable, economically valuable, and with multiple customers (a difficult and expense task), it will be hard to achieve grow significantly greater than the general economy (few % per year) without acquisitions or a revised product strategy. The current OEM component product lines are under attack, brand loyalty is eroding everywhere while manufacturing quality levels are increasing around the world as prices drop. As a result, every year it is more difficult to maintain sustainable differentiation for OEM component products that end up buried inside the finished device. I suggest adding an instrument or major sub-system (reprographics or biotech light engines, for example) presence in NA to fuel future growth.

    Disapproves of CEO

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