Coherent Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Laser tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, CT

    I worked at Coherent

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Great coworkers

    Cons

    Biweekly pay and more overtime

  2. Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Coherent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Smart people, low turnover, reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Low turnover, hard to move within company

  3. coherent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coherent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits promotions, compensation, and training were good

    Cons

    benefits work life balance and time off policies

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    A changing culture....not for the better!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Middle Level Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Level Manager in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Worked for the company for 10+ years. Good mid level people. Great industry. Good technology.

    Cons

    Executive team is very isolated from their employees Limited career growth, employee benefits are being reduced, stock ownership has be scaled back, bonuses are only for senior management, vacation time burned through useless mandatory shutdowns. CEO is combative when given feedback.

    Advice to Management

    You need to be more conscious of how your quarterly numbers-driven business decisions impact your workers. A more egalitarian approach to comp and benefits is needed.

  6. amazing co workers that are passionate about their job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crystal Growth Tech
    Former Employee - Crystal Growth Tech

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    the company culture is fun, there are free snacks, the people are friendly and will help with any questions you have. the product is also exciting and neat to work on.

    Cons

    the organization structure was a bit confusing sometimes it was unclear where the decisions were coming from. it is challenging to perform the best work sometimes due to constraints on the product

  7. It's okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Assembly line workers to mid level mangers are hard working, friendly and respectful. My coworkers and my boss are the main reasons I have stayed at Coherent for so many years and why I would recommend this employer to a friend. But if it is important to you to work for a cutting edge high tech company, note what I say in the Cons section as a caveat ...

    Cons

    Upper management is too penny pinching and too focused on meeting quarterly numbers at the expense of long term investment. As a result, some of Coherent's core product designs are over 10 years old and losing market share to the competition. R&D efforts ot replace these aging designs are oftem terminated or held back because of upper management's penny pinching attitudes. Of course, it's important to spend money wisely. But R&D needs better support. Innovation doesn't happen for free. Innovation costs money. Workers should feel that they have the necessary financial support to innovate, and not feel pressured to justify relatively small expenditures for R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to send a stronger message of support for innovation in Coherent.

  8. Stagnating and aging company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coherent part-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work / life balance. There used to be a number of good things about the company but they are becoming fewer & fewer.

    Cons

    Bunch of old folks management and marketing waiting for retirement. Made too many mistakes, now make up fake numbers. Hypocrisy everywhere. No development or real results from domestic operations. Relying on cheap foreign labor and acquisitions. Unable to adapt to today's market conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Stand up to reality and criticism. Get rid of lying managers. Rise up / hire knowledgeable and experienced people. Stay focused on technology development and NOT on meeting quarterly numbers at the expense of long term investment.

  9. Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Best reason to work at Coherent is life/work balance.

    Cons

    No Bonus plan for non management employees. Ability to move upward is almost non existence. Management is traditional and focus to much on weekly financial performance of the business unit.

    Advice to Management

    Need to consolidate business units. Eliminate non added management positions.

  10. overall a good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Coherent

    Pros

    Good salary. People are nice and friendly

    Cons

    Do not have good bonus

  11. high turn-over rate in Finance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst Staff in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Coherent full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    9-5 most of the time. 9-7 during month-end

    Cons

    lack of training or promotion within the department.
    people with bad skill stay, people with good skill don't stay long

    Advice to Management

    test people before hire or on the job

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