EFI Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. I very fast paced, fun experience where I learned a ton.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

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

    Pros

    It feels good working for a company with a dominant position in the industry and the marketing/trade show prep reinforces this. You have freedom to do what you need and product owners have great leeway. The culture is great and overall it was a fun experience where I learned a great deal.

    Cons

    From the software side, it is a collection of acquired products, nearly all of them old. The integration story is just that...mainly a story. You will get to know "the slide" pretty well - the miracle of every product seamlessly working together in one picture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The velocity of the company is just too much for many people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great leadership only getting better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company is expanding at an enormous rate. They offer great pay and great incentive to work here.

    Cons

    I cant honestly think of too many bad things to say other than there seems to be a bit of the "good ole boy" network when it comes to upper management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good experience, except for the pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time

    Pros

    Smart, friendly people
    Leader in digital print technology, as it is
    Comfortable work environment (in Foster City)
    - Note that this was in their Foster City location. I understand they are moving to the East Bay.

    Cons

    The Fiery business is slowly sinking as the general printing business shrinks, and it seems to be a cash cow. Other areas may be better (like large format VUTEK or the Applications management businesses).
    Pay is below average in the industry. Bonuses are small. Raises are small. RSUs (if you get them) are small.
    Extra work is generally expected to "get the job done". Weekends and late nights are not uncommon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The stock is above 30 finally. Look for a buyer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Sr. Program Manager in Fiery Business Unit

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    - Talented bunch of people
    - Great collaborative culture
    - Clear messages/communication from the senior executives

    Cons

    - A large group of the software development and testing talents are in Bangalore, India - too far away for the business hours, takes additional efforts in getting well coordinated.
    - Compensations - Less than the SF Bay Area average
    - Has allowed too many good talents to leave the company
    - Too much work for each individual (I felt like drinking from a fire hose), resulting in communication slugishness
    - Way too much importance placed on the company's bottom line (although I understand it's very important)
    - Because of some or all mentioned above, the majority of people are stressed
    - Unclear whether the digital printing industry has a bright future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps, the Fiery product's price-to-cost ratio is getting smaller. Although the prices are getting more and more competitive, the development cost must be rising. The senior managements' messages are always focused on "produce more with less", advocating the "lean and mean attitude". It seems it has been pushed as far as possible. To keep selling the same products, you could not continue reducing the work force unless the product's architecture were changed - simply put, it costs a lot to develop Fierys. The core brain power resides in Foster City, not in Bangalore (I hope those in Bangalore do not take this personally), so moving more work to India should not be the answer. it has to be something else. Unfortunately, I do not have a specific advice I can give. Though, I want my former colleagues to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great people. Management and direction of company is a work in progress.

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    I really loved the people and my immediate managers. For most of my career there, my immediate managers trusted me and let me try on new things.

    Cons

    As company grew, the culture changed a lot. It became less about rewarding people for great work, more about money, and political. Training is scare if you aren't on the "chosen" list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to think through things versus looking at money. Never forget that your employees contribute greatly to your success, so it pays to treat them all well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great culture, but document everything twice

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    The work-life balance is supported, the benefits are excellent and most of your colleagues are genuinely team players. Training receives some support, particularly if you pursue it yourself. Casual atmosphere, casual attire, and flexible schedules are good, and when I worked there, the company closed down just prior to the Christmas holidays and reopened after New Year's day. HR people are generally excellent and helpful.

    Cons

    Document everything you are directed to do, and keep copies of your performance reviews. Some managers, including project managers, have very flexible memories, and if you have the necessary documentation, it can save you. You need to watch your back, even from your own team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to better inform your managers what is legal and ethical in terms of dealing with your immediate reports, both while they are still employed at the company and after they leave.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Lots of Potential, Need to Harness the Energy

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    Current Employee - People Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - People Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Freedom to do what I please. I can foresee a problem, select my own project, gather other interested members to partner with, and drive to solve the problem with complete autonomy.

    Cons

    Having complete autonomy means I can introduce a solution without approval from stakeholders. I can develop a product without any insight into what the market really wants and needs. I can invest money without the prospect of ROI or a prognosis for future revenue with the product. I can release something with poor quality (not that I know because we do not benchmark criteria to determine "good" quality that is mutually acceptable to our customer base) and pass it to Tech Support without their buy-in and with very little information on how to support this product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tighter checks and balances over projects. While admirable that we can all run with our ideas, every individual is not equipped with the tools to plan projects, costing analysis, variable cost of manufacture, projections, predictive monitoring, and many other aspects needed for a sound project. Projects should not pass checkpoints without fully satisfying the requirements for that stage. If we have not met them, then we should repeat the stage so that we get it right. Our customers depend on us to do the needful in this regard.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great people but pay scale is below industry average

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility, best people I've worked with in my entire career. Most people have good attitude and helpful.

    Cons

    Company is a bit unorganized. Continuing to buy up companies/competitors to gain market share but no process in integrating them into the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to increase your pay scale to meet the silicon valley standard if you want to keep your good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great hopes, phony people, watch your back

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    Former Employee - Software Quality in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Software Quality in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Benefits, flexibility with schedules, casual attire, most teams have good composition.

    Cons

    Ridiculous clique behavior, unprofessional backbiting and scapegoating, manager playing favorites. The people laid off the last few years are no surprise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary your managers don't leave you open to lawsuits by referring to people's health issues. Encourage proper separation of manager and team familiarity and avoid favoritism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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