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EFI Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
204 Reviews
2.9
204 Reviews
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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 11 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't understand what most departments do and what they need to do their jobs (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    EFI engineering

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    People, culture, stability, food, facilities

    Cons

    Management, compensations, promotion, personal growth, communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better management and care for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Experience and learned a lot

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Good team and office culture. The time I worked there I really appreciated my coworkers.

    Cons

    Too many changes were happening and changes on staff so it was very hard to keep track of some projects.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    work at EFI

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at EFI as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a good company to work for a long period of time there is no pressure at all, almost no overtimes but salary is relatively low some people I know work here more than 15 years

    Cons

    It is too slow after 1 year of working in that company you fill the starting of degradation yourself, as a employee you are not going to get new knowledge .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good company, work\life balance is ok, nice coworkers.

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

    Prepare to brown nose to get ahead

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at EFI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good location. Good people. Flexible hours

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't understand what most departments do and what they need to do their jobs. Favoritism runs rampant. From the facilities (it is apparent the "main" building where all the executives reside had about 80% of the "perks" budget while the "other" building has little to none of the amenities or "fancy" decor. All the rewards and recognition goes to one or two groups primarily and the contributions of many departments including operationsand finance, etc are rarely if ever part of the "giveaways" Also Vutek seems to not have to play by the same rules as a favored branch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every employee is working hard and adds value. Try recognizing someone other than quality or people who kiss up to management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Endless bug fixing, lack of new projects.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

    I worked at EFI full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good location and laid-back corporate atmosphere.

    Cons

    Most of engineering jobs are really maintenance jobs. The technology is outdated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied Contractor

    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Specialist in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at EFI as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    For the most part, EFI maintains a casual, laidback corporate atmosphere, and everyone who works here is, more of less, friendly and helpful. New offices in Fremont include cool amenities, like a gym and flex rooms. Employees work hard here and seem to take genuine interest in their jobs and the company.

    Cons

    There seems to be a bit of mismanagement and lack of organization. Tasks that should take a few hours will take a day or sometimes a week. Because of the division between the three major product groups, communication also seems to be an issue.

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I learned a lot.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, good people, great location. It can be an aggressive environment but I learned a lot from it that made me more marketable.

    Cons

    Too much offshore (India). Aggressive environment. Not sure the future of this business is sound anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to be less aggressive with employees. It felt like the US was a sinking ship and that it would soon go almost offshore.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place for retirement.

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    Current Employee - QA Engineer - Hourly Contractor in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - QA Engineer - Hourly Contractor in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at EFI as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Learned to puzzle out hard issues, communicate and getting good colleague relationships.

    Cons

    Some employees are working really hard, some of them NOT.
    Managers doesn't want to deal with employees requests.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention on who is doing his job, and who is wasting the time and company money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Program Manager in Fiery Business Unit

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, except for the pay

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