EFI
2.8 of 5 180 reviews
w3.efi.com Fremont, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

EFI Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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2.8 180 reviews

                             

48% Approve of the CEO

EFI CEO and Director Guy Gecht

Guy Gecht

(116 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great Work-life balance (Much better than Koreans and Japs)"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Having a flexible work schedule is a bonus"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor HR policies, company runs at the whims of the senior management of US"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Upper Management feels it is more important to save money by sending jobs outside of the U"
    in 7 reviews
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    2 people found this helpful  

    From heaven to hell in 4 years

    (Former Employee)
    Meredith, NH

    ProsGreat location in Lakes region
    Good about time off, working remotely
    Good funding, tools & equipment - you get what you need to do the job
    If you don't like the supervisors they change often

    ConsNo local decision-making power
    Management changes every 6-12 months - constant changes in direction and priorities
    Massive turnover - hardly anyone left with more than 5 yrs there - no experienced repair techs left, best salespeople joined competition, hundreds of unfinished projects
    Teamwork atmosphere gone - back-stabbing or kissing up is the way to survive
    Product quality and innovation tanking - the best talent departed long ago
    Long-time customers are switching to other vendors

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou handed control of the ship to people who don't know the waters - and their punishing the crew for their own incompetence. Pay less attention to hitting the numbers and more on doing the right thing. Your talent and customers will come back if you stop acting like Tommy Boy with a new sale.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nepotism runs rampant, not fair to people honestly working hard.

    QA Lead (Former Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Prosgood industry and good technology. Engineering staff and mgnt works well with QA. good working hours. there is pretty good communication between most of the teams.

    ConsNo bonuses or recognition and not rewarded for good hard work. No good avenues for advancement. Nepotism for most, which leaves out people trying and working hard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOffer good/fair assessment on all employees when the do good and NOT just when they are doing something wrong. Give ample warning when there is a problem or issue that is serious enough to let someone go and do not surprise them without any warning.

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    I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsExcellent place to learn corporate politics.
    Flexible hours and good life/work balance by some managers.
    Great cultural location in the Strip District.

    ConsNo opportunity for advancement within the development and quality assurance arenas. Repeated quarters of layoffs trying to maintain profitability set an environment of unease and unrest and clearly indicated that upper management put share-holders far and above their own resources that used to drive their innovation. No financial investment in education reimbursement. Communication by management AND executives is poor at best, mostly it's none existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at successful companies (Fortune 100/500) and their relationship with their employees you will see a stark and obvious difference between your approach and their approach. Get more in touch with your resources (yes the human ones) and their capability your currently far too disconnected, and rely far too heavily on management that is adept at exploiting your leadership weaknesses and keeping you mis-informed to maintain their positions during all these reductions in force.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    do not have long time vision for R&D

    (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Prosyou can print anything for free :)

    Consthey will not help you to grow your skill set, they just want to get things done ASAP. Senior management do not know how to improve productivity or moral.

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo many managers or directors, no clear path for lower level people to advance, no clear vision about the product, do not give time for people to learn new things, should not just focus on cost-cutting (move jobs to oversea). They should give time to employee to innovate and develop a better product

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun people to work with but the compiany is Cheap

    Lead Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsFlexible work hours.
    Most team members are cooperativate
    most pelple are open and easy to talk with

    ConseFn Cheap.
    Pay raise are little if any. Will higher at compitave rates, but will continualy cut benifits and give out little raies.
    Will not invest in equipment to improve proformance. I have been in meetings, thier were 6 people using laptops to get work done, 4 were employ bought.
    managment top priorities are cut costs and ship on time, this includes lets work him for 4 years with no raises.

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest in your employes now. moral is getting low and if the ecomney picks up any you will have a hard time keeping people from leaving

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Changing for the better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Prosopen to new ideas
    management trying to adopt change
    friendly people
    great location
    agile teams starting (still very new and in early stages)
    much improvement in last 2 years

    Conslegacy code, needs lots of TLC
    some people negative or poor contributors
    coding practices need improvement

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the posts here and look for the patterns. There are many unhappy people posting.
    And give candid feedback to everyone, especially to people who are not performing well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Leadership leaves a lot to be desired

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Pros-Great location
    -Flexible hours
    -Was once a very good place to work :-(

    Cons-No career growth opportunities.
    -If you are good at sucking up to the people who matter, or are their pals, you'll do well.
    -Top management has no vision and are more interested in self preservation.
    -5-6 days of mandatory time-off every year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI've been with the company for over 10 years and the employee morale is at the lowest right now. The senior management's apathy and incompetence has been a big demotivating factor off late. The senior management does not care anymore about retaining the real talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't Panic!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    Prosflexible scheduling
    middle management who understand work/life balance
    good location overlooking the bay

    Conschaotic OEM-driven process where everything is urgent and everyone is constantly in firefighting mode
    inability of management to commit to medium-term plans
    extreme difficulty implementing new features or rolling out future development because of constant fire-fighting mode
    management focus on *numbers* rather than *quality*

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're developing a team of employees who will work to the tool; the goal of the organization has become making the numbers look right on the spreadsheet so that the upper management panic train stops ... rather than a goal of making good products that our customers will love.

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    A management that cannot be trusted

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsGreat location, what is left of it.
    Very nice view. Free coffee: you’ll need it!
    Practically everybody is very friendly and open.

    ConsEFI is an excellent illustration of Peter’s principle (read the book, it is short!). Uncreative engineering management considering employees as expenses. They kill entrepreneurship and milk the Fiery division cow to its death. The CEO no longer pretends that EFI hires and keeps only the best. We are just expendable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo take MBA classes. Most high management has very little credibility. They can speak about Fiery products but can barely use them. It is not their job? Right, they are not Steve Jobs! For years, this management has only focused on reports about shipped products and bug counts, their objective measure for success. Who is responsible for long term underperforming stock and dead passion? If you do not give your employees performance reviews, if you ignore their needs, aspirations and feedback, just blame yourselves for the employee exodus. How can we trust people who keep breaking our employment contract?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bugs and projects have attention, not people

    Senior Software Engineer – Fiery Division (Current Employee)
    Foster City, CA

    ProsGood place to learn politics: manage upwards while transfering issues downwards to the small guy. You get more recognition than with concrete output for customers.

    ConsCEO, VPs and directors find inspiration from their Blackberry: the last fire is driving the company. They ask to commit to tight schedules, then right after come more important tasks from unmanaged sources. Directors dare telling you why YOU failed in frequent and expensive meetings! You must report mandatory week-end work as regular work to be charged to EFI customers, without any proportional return for you. Your professional value and your purchasing power will decrease with tenure at EFI. They only want fast hacks in order to ship products. Nothing is planned to grow employees. EFI HR looks like it's only a legal necessity for hiring and firing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRead the other reviews, no matter how old and look for patterns. Be in touch with employees. Learn to listen. Listen to those who do work, not just reports. Stop shuffling and handling employees like buggy multitasking code written to deliver an unrealistic number of projects (and processes). After more than a year, the general manager has failed to change the leadership who killed the innovation spirit. To the GM credit, good changes have recently happened. It seems too late and not enough. Much of the good people has already left for better jobs. So will I during my next vacation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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