EMCORE Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great people, interesting technology

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Manager in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at EMCORE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The employees were dedicated, talented, and most departments had a family feel to them. My VP was one of the best executives/leaders with whom I've ever had the pleasure to work - highly competent and innovative with contagious enthusiasm.

    Cons

    Ups and downs of the business could be very stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay & benefits were outstanding...but don't rely on that as the sole method of retaining your employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Emcore has the potential to be a market leader, but the internal disfunctional management is killing this company

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at EMCORE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The cutting edge technology in several areas is an incentive to work at this company.
    And I liked the can-do attitude to get problems solved at the technical level.

    Cons

    There were several million-dollar programs that were being run as graduate student projects. No documentation, no work processes, and 'star' leaders that would not work with anyone. Teamwork was not something that was encouraged, and individual mistakes were severely punished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in an experienced business management team and demote the PhD's to technical leadership. Focus on the value of product lines, and the actual costs of each product line. Install teamwork processes, and create business processes and structures. Make the effort to really value your personnel, instead of using them as a cash-flow balancing tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people to work with..challenging environment

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Albuquerque, NM

    I worked at EMCORE full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Emcore is on the leading edge of fiber optic and photovoltaic technology. I've worked with some of the smartest people and made life long friends.

    Cons

    The photovoltaic division managers have no idea how to motivate people. They manage by bullying and threats rather than positive feedback. They do not convey a consistent vision and stray too much from the companies core competencies in order to expand the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    waste of time

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Alhambra, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Alhambra, CA

    I worked at EMCORE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    none, none , none , none

    Cons

    Layoffs , Layoffs and more Layoffs .... good people are leaving .
    Record success in loosing $$ year after year .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people and good ideas flushed down the drain by incredibly inept management

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Engineer in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The technical staff who work here are typically incredibly knowledgeable and talented.

    Cons

    The high talent level is dragged down by an inability to remove obvious dead weight, which typically moves up the ladder with this company. If you are useless, or are good at sounding intelligent without putting any effort into your ideas you should apply today with this company, you will probably make manager within a few years. Salaries are abysmal, and the rewards are only verbal. If you can pay your bills with "atta-boys" you will be just fine. Unfortunately, most of us need an monetary investment in our personal worth from our employer. The saddest part is that everyone at the company who is not buddy-buddy with senior management knows that it is a terrible company, and has grown to expect things to not change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go join a terrorist organization, so they can benefit from your highly effective ways at demoralizing members and destroying competent people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Emcore is one of to many companies that treat the employees with respect, professionalism, and support.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technicianll  in  Alhambra, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technicianll in Alhambra, CA

    I worked at EMCORE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In Emcore is a company that you can learn a lot of work and increase you skills and experiences in the field

    Cons

    The team work is good and if you have an opinion how to do better way to work the respect that opinion or advise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Facilities Maintenance Management. Is great cause they always see on you safety first and they make the best for you in the work area. And attending safety meetings.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad management and poor performance, it is about time for a change of some top C-Level management

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Alhambra, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Alhambra, CA

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Quality engineering , some departments have very advance skills and product portfolio.
    There are some good quality people but not when it get to Sr. management and C level management.
    Company has a great potential if they would made the right decision ( focus , cut overhead , invest ,etc)

    Cons

    lack of investment , lack of resources, no clear vision and focus, struggling to manage cash flow.
    work load is not balance in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk less do more! Stop promising things that you can't deliver.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    One of the most dysfunctional companies I've ever worked at

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Alhambra, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Alhambra, CA

    I worked at EMCORE full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Umm.... I guess if you suck at your job then you might be safe here.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything from pay to incentives to equipment to employee morale and getting anything accomplished. Oh and the stock price performance is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit. You're all talk and no substance. It amazes me that you're still employed in your capacity considering the stock price performance and the inability of your company to do anything well. If it wasn't for the US government propping you guys up you're house of cards would have been dead a long time ago. Talk is cheap and everyone worth keeping can see through your charades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor management, poor training. China company taking control

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The are no pros other than I have a job this week. Some people are nice.

    Cons

    No raises, no bonus, benefits cut, no money to get tools needed to do job. Management hands off. Benefits horrible. Salary low. People do not help. 80s style management except its 30 years later.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the dead management out or just move to china.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Duct tape and Bailing wire

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Albuquerque, NM

    I have been working at EMCORE full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Some very good people who are working very hard to keep the place afloat. These people are worth way more than they are getting.

    Cons

    No interest in fixing things the right way.....just slap it back together and keep the wafers moving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you intend to keep the manufacturing in the states (questionable) then you will need to modernize some of your equipment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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