EFI Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Valuable Learning Experience

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    Former Contractor - Test Machine Operator in Meredith, NH
    Former Contractor - Test Machine Operator in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI as a contractor (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly. Plenty of Opportunity to learn the job. Good Experience. Learned a lot in a short period of time. Pay was very good

    Cons

    Maybe too friendly - too relaxed. Job was good when they were busy. Business slowed down and work force was quickly reduced. Was hired to run a machine - Company was happy if you could also fix the machine and maybe do some programming - No On site manager - unclear of what needed to be done - Lots of printers - Ink and chemicals being used - air quality could have been better

    Advice to Management

    Please be more upfront with employee and more professional. Have an on site manager with clear expectations of what needs to be done and what is expected of the employee. Company needs to hire good workers instead of keeping them as long term temps

  2. The line between reality and fantasy is often ignored at great cost.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Meredith, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Meredith, NH

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

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

    Pros

    -Sets goals & shares with employees on quarterly basis for growth & profitability.
    -Flexibility available when one needs to work from home as needed (personal issues or winter storms).
    -Salary and Benefits seem to be higher than most companies in the state.
    -Has an active and mobile safety committee committed to employee safety.
    -Currently is very busy and has employees wearing many "hats" so there is a perception of job security.
    -Very aggressive in the desire to grow profit through growth and acquisitions.
    -Recognizes 3-4 qualified employees per quarter from across the entire company with an MVP type award.

    Cons

    -The aggressive desire to grow profit through growth and acquisitions is NOT matched with enough labor force nor time to effectuate the overly zealous build plans quarter to quarter. Burn out and discontent should be expected if things continue as they are.
    -Changes are often frequent, incomplete and implemented in way UNDER lead time and without adequate testing.
    -Time and financial waste as a result of the ECO process is not adequately measured and tracked for reduction as a way to enforce accountability and efficiency among stakeholders.
    -Employee surveys are advertised as "anonymous" but if the department you work in is small enough, they really aren't. There is pressure to complete these surveys with no guarantee the a properly conveyed contribution to improvement by a respondent will get adequate review.
    -Blaming/shaming is a standard operating procedure on a DAILY basis- oftentimes, this is done in open-air meetings.
    -Under these conditions (listed above), employees are strongly admonished to keep a "positive" outlook and attitude and any inkling of discontent is met with sharp criticism and the "victim" label. This is not conducive to building morale and encouraging a more active and positive employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    -What you do great:
    Allowing for ways for a better work-life balance for some employees (probably more for the salaried individuals than hourly). A great benefits package is offered.
    -What you need to hear and then do something about:
    Get your feet back on the ground and your collective heads out of the clouds and truly evaluate what can REALLY be done vs what is desired in the build plan. STOP with the shame/blame procedures. It's demoralizing and will not go anywhere in retaining talented employees.
    -Grow the business without trodding your own employee base under foot.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Politics and Games

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Meredith, NH
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI as a contractor (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people who worked here were excellent to work with. Newer management was also a pleasure to work for.

    Cons

    Older seasoned management plays games with contract employees and says one thing and does another.

    Advice to Management

    Grow Up.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Fast-paced high tech company that rewards productivity and creativity

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Meredith, NH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Meredith, NH

    I have been working at EFI full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Smart people from many different engineering disciplines all working together to bring innovative technologies to market, set in a beautiful location.

    Cons

    Some of the facilities are old and run-down looking. Priorities are constantly changing. Difficult to lure top-quality engineers to this location.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Everyone knows this is nowhere

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    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Meredith, NH
    Current Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Meredith, NH

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

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

    Pros

    The people are the most important asset to this company

    Cons

    The company treats employees like toilet paper

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little money your employees, stop buying used furniture, fix the leaking roof.

  7. Great Company to Work For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI full-time

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

    Pros

    I am well paid for my position, have a career that is bot challenging and rewarding. Good benefits. Company puts your family first on many issues.

    Cons

    Sometimes goals and priorities change a little too quickly. More would get done if people were allowed to finish one project before starting another. And of course outsourcing.

    Advice to Management

    Please remember that while soft costs do not fit into a spreadsheet, there are some softcosts associated with outsourcing that may exceed the benefit.

  8. Challenging environment in the Inkjet group

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    Former Employee - Operations in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Operations in Meredith, NH

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

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

    Pros

    Corporate vision is well defined
    Technology was way ahead, loosing steam to the competition
    position in the software side

    Cons

    Management behavior towards employees in Meredith
    lack of departmental experts in specific fields
    each business unit runs its own show
    Product launches are always delayed

    Advice to Management

    Meredith Management should put down the stick, that's so 1970's management style. You achieve much more with a comprehensive, employee focused approach.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Most dysfunctional company I've ever been associated with

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    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Mfg Engineer in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Safe, clean environment
    - Decent benefits
    - Talented mechanical design group
    - Interesting, challenging work

    Cons

    - Lacks upper level management leadership
    - Development Group and Mfg Group have adversarial relationships
    - New Products being pushed into Mfg before designs and testing is complete causing major issues with supplier delivery and huge amounts of rework in Mfg
    - Mfg Management extremely negative and don't want to hear what's going well - only what's going wrong which results in figure pointing, unconstructive relationships, and hardworking, dedicated people losing their jobs becasue management won't take responsibility for anything.
    - Multiple cultures under one roof; Development group generally very collaborative, Mfg Group managed by threats and bullying; my job was threatened only two weeks into my employment. Most companies you are still learning peoples names and where the bathrooms are after just two weeks.
    - Mfg Management treats lower and mid-level employees like a fantasy football league. Rather than managing, leading, and removing barriers, they give you a month to figure it out, then let you go.
    - Irresponsible employment practices. Once a temp, always a temp. Many employees having been working as temps with no benefits for years.

    Advice to Management

    It's 100% all about culture and leadership; Overhaul Mfg Management with people that live the advertised corporate culture. Otherwise, the clulture hype by the CEO become just "blah blah blah"; Treat people the way you expect to be treated; look in the mirrorand remember that your kids may someday work for people just like you. Based on what I experienced, that should make you very concerned.

  10. Helpful (3)

    It your good at playing the game and kissing up to management you'll love it!

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    Former Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Technical Services Engineer in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, if you miss deadlines - no problem, everyone else does too so no big deal. Fridays in the summer are like half days in grade school after liquid lunch at the town docks you get to go home!

    Cons

    Last min travel? Management has no issues asking if you'll leave now, like book a flight and don't spend to much time packing because you'll miss you flight kind of now. Management got 360 reviews one year and true store they promoted the one with the worst 360 review to director. Finally got raises after 3 years 2% increase, really no raises for 3 years and that's what employees deserve after the companies records a record year?

    Advice to Management

    Major changes are needed. Not really sure where they should start or if it's worth it. Growth is coming from competitors who are dying because print industry is dead. Invest in digital displays is the best advice I could give them.

  11. Helpful (2)

    From heaven to hell in 4 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 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

    Cons

    No 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 Management

    You 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.

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