Coherent Reviews

Updated July 11, 2015
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
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  1. Good Organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, UT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, UT

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Organization Good Salary Flexible Working Hours Good Work Life Integration Work Independence

    Cons

    Not So High Salary and Increment is not very high


  2. big disappointment for young

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    stable company outlook, not stressful environment

    Cons

    poor management, too much politics, no career potential for young non-germanies, no bonus, frequent shut-down and layoffs, uncompetitive salaries


  3. Helpful (2)

    Incoherent at Coherent

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

    I have been working at Coherent

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

    Pros

    Stable, conservative, predictable, and international.

    Cons

    Dull culture (or no culture to speak about at all). Not big on having an Org chart---to keep everyone in the dark about promotions (or non promotions). Below-market salaries. There used to be profit-sharing for the serfs, but that's been taken away ages ago. Very low turn over, so promotions are rare. Top heavy---too many managers. Lousy raises. Lousy company summer picnic. Lousy Christmas socials.


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  5. Laser tech

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Senior Financial Analyst

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

    I worked at Coherent

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

    Pros

    Sympathetic colleagues and fair compensation

    Cons

    Poor or no bonus plan, mid-level management lacking professionalism, lack of training program for new employees

    Advice to Management

    Identify candidates with needs for professional coaching to deal with entry level managers


  7. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  8. coherent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (3)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Senior Financial Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. amazing co workers that are passionate about their job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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