Coherent
2.4 of 5 30 reviews
www.coherentinc.com Santa Clara, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 23, 2014

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33% Approve of the CEO

Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo

John R. Ambroseo

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34% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Going down the tubes

Mechanical Designer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

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

ProsHave stock options, health benefits and a nice cafeteria.

ConsI worked here for over 20 years. It used to be a great place to work. The founding president cared about his employees and treated them well. The latest president doesn't care about anything or anybody but money and is constantly taking away benefits. The new motto is: "you should be greatful you have a job".

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat people to work with and very accomodating boss

ConsLimited growth opportunities and management in some areas don't show appreciation for work done

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be a good company to work for.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsThere are some good, friendly people working there and the salary was decent. Working conditions were pretty good.

ConsNo company loyalty. 401K match was reduced from 6 to 4%. Incentive bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions were eliminated. Older workers are not safe in their jobs or given options even if they have done a good job. People are laid off without any warning.

Advice to Senior ManagementA company is about more than just profits, it about the people working for the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good for the Money, Not for your Future

Manager (Former Employee)
East Hanover, NJ

I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 5 years

Pros1) Leader in the laser industry - Due to acquisition, not growth.
2) Salary for all positions is very good and highly competitive. Although all other benefits are very lacking - Low to no Profit sharing / 401k, worst Healthcare coverage available.

Cons1) Poor Leadership - All leaders do not think out of the box. Repeatedly see the same problems occur and no systemic change.
2) No Growth Opportunity - This company does not offer ways to advance. Most people here are old and do not plan to move up or leave their position. This also gives you an understanding of why they do not think out of the box.
3) Unclear boundaries between Manufacturing and R&D. They are unable to separate and prioritize these functions. The leadership is bad and so a middle management, you are torn between the two groups.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave better leadership. Stop changing the goal every 6 months. Learn continuous improvement and create a strategic 5 year plan.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good benefit, but no so good working environment

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood benefits. Training programs are good.

ConsTerrible management. Poor working culture.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Financial Analyst Staff (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Coherent full-time for less than a year

Prosgood work life balance. Not too much pressure

Consnot flexible; slow progress of career development

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Okay

Product Engineer (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Coherent full-time for more than 5 years

ProsPeople are friendly and nice, work and life balance, decent benefit

Consno room for growth, too much politics and change in management

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Company had so much potential

Purchasing (Current Employee)
Bloomfield, CT

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

Prosget people to work with
workers were engaged

Consthere was no leadership
management was not engaged in creating a positive place to work
management was not concerned about the workers just their reporting into headquarters

Advice to Senior Managementyour roles may be stepping stones in your careers but to the average worker these are their lives please be more responsible for the choices you make and understand the long term results to them

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One controller/manager to avoid

Financial Analyst Staff (Current Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I have been working at Coherent

ProsThe best reasons to work at Coherent include: (1) well-defined ERP systems and corporate controls; (2) supporting groups that are excited and motivated about the work they do; and (3) leader in the laser technology industry.

ConsThe company promotes balance in its work/life perspective. My experience could not be further from the truth. My manager (controller) was not supportive of anyone's work/life balance save for her own. She described any conflicts between weekend plans and work that she allowed to spill over to the weekend as "personal problems". I was only to pleased to terminate my employment quickly.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not transparent

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Santa Clara, CA

I worked at Coherent

ProsDecent compensation compared with peers

ConsA lot of turnaround, politics

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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