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Coherent Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
42 Reviews
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42 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed Bag

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

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good cross-functional teams with some great team members located in EU. Flexible work hours and good work life balance. I always enjoyed working with my team members at Coherent.

    Cons

    This is were your career goes to die. No advancements or development opportunities. Benefits have been cut back to the bare minimum including barely annual increases. Take it or leave it attitude from HR and management. You are expected to do your job well. Full Stop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a leadership pipeline and get in touch with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience

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

    I have been working at Coherent as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for, nice people

    Cons

    Nothing at this point

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Its an OK company to for for.

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

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked for Coherent for 10 years and the work environment is stress free, you come on time and go on time. Very farely you have to put in extra hours and if you are a family person this is very good.

    Cons

    There is no career path. You can very rarely get promotion, the increments are not in line with inflation. You keep doing same work for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR should have 360 review which means manager can review employees and employees can review manager. At present review has no value. Most of the employees gets average review and increments.

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

    Steady progress possible over the years

    • 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

    Pros

    Excellent group of colleagues and good team atmosphere

    Cons

    Hard to fathom management decisions. Too much political infighting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking my vacation days away.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall okay place to work at

    • 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

    Pros

    There is a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Decisions are made far too slow and everyone wants to stay in the box.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, leadership, culture, training opportunities as well as opportunities to advance. Not a typical Silicon Valley place to work. Ego's are left behind and it is what you can bring to the table that matters.

    Cons

    While compensation and benefits are competitive the time-off policy is more traditional like you would find at Apple.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees and stay focused on developing technologies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great people (nice and very skilled) and lots of work/life balance

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Very friendly and talented. Good work / life balance and lots of opportunities to learn. There seems to be lots of onsite leadership training which is good. It's a manufacturing site too which is pretty cool to see our produces designed and made in one place. I've got a great manager who is very flexible so isn't a clock watcher. I also have a great team and projects to work on so that really helps motivate me.

    Cons

    Only 2 weeks of vacation makes it hard. They closed the gym which is very disappointing. It makes it hard to exercise with the commute and busy lifestyle. It's very difficult to understand the structure of the company as org charts are not available. This also makes it hard to understand who's who in the shared services group or to collaborate with other business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More vacation time and bring back the gym.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    ok

    • 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

    Pros

    broad knowledge from all optical laser area

    Cons

    need clear business strategy and investment,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce politics

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very disappointing

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

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

    Pros

    Great Peers, cool products too.

    Cons

    Upper management is extremely disassociated with the lower level. Finance management is the core of their strategy. Unless you have a guardian angel, you will never move upwards and will be laid off once you are at the top range of your salary group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have heard it before, and you can hear it any day, if you would just listen. You have a great staff, stop treating them as disposable assets. There are so many great ideas and committed workers, you really need to change your corporate strategy about promotion & retention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It's a job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Coherent full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best people you'll ever have a chance to work with.

    Cons

    It is a publicly held corporation -- 'nuff said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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