EXFO Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
38 Reviews
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38 Reviews
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EXFO Chairman, President, and CEO Germain Lamonde
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  1.  

    Good place to those who have their own pace for learning and grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Chelmsford, MA

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

    Pros

    Coworker here are willing to share their knowledge and help to get your job done. Personal life and workload are pretty much balanced.

    Cons

    Budgets are tight. Need more communication among each departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more on training, education especially for employees who are willing to learn and with enthusiasm

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but cant trust anybody, watch your back at all times

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director
    Former Employee - Sales Director

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

    Pros

    Good technology strong in the market

    Cons

    Cannot trust anybody, management may come across as friendly but they will stab you in the back.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great products, great people, lackluster management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I worked at EXFO

    Pros

    State-of-the-art products, technology,
    Small company feel
    Very competent people, goal oriented

    Cons

    not much effort on team-building
    "control freak" management style
    Lousy IT tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate your vision, if you have one, and make everyone a personal stakeholder in the company's success.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Tight deadlines, constant change in technology.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EXFO

    Pros

    Generally an easy going atmosphere, good collaboration, lots of opportunity to learn new tech. Managers are fairly responsive to employee needs re equipment, extra training.

    Cons

    Occasionally a project can be a pain due to a poor choice of a project lead, unforeseen technical problems can result in occasional rush / crunch / over-time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More vertical integration in decision making in the early stage of a project can help. All levels of engineering / production should hear of new projects as soon as possible for helpful input.

  6.  

    Not a good place for ambitious people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Test in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Work load is light. Usually don't need over-time working. The relationship between colleague are good. And if you have some urgent things to be handled, manager will be very considerable.

    Cons

    Low salary rate.Usually, the promotion also depends how long you stay with company but not your performance. Of course, it may depends on which division you are in and who your manager is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more efficiency. To promote people with talent and put them in a

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

    Pathetic company... Cannot be worse..

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Executive in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Nothing...it is a sorry state of affairs in the offshore development center. Senior managers have created a lobby with HR, and the US team has no idea how to get the work done from them..

    Cons

    Cheats employees in salaries and in hidden policies...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close down shop and stop cheating people everyday with false promises, you could end up in jail...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Join EXFO if NO OTHER option in hand.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at EXFO full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good telecom based projects. No other pro.

    Cons

    HR changing policies periodically.
    Noisy workplace - adjacent to cafeteria. You will feel that you are working in market and hitting your head on a computer. Company staff will discuss their personal life close to ur cubical making workplace noisy. (very unprofessional) Manager will ask you to change the code to change if-else loop to do-while and etc. They will not give you the KT of the task and manager will start his bossyness as he know that task. No work satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HRs are puppet show of Management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Technology exposure for those who like to learn and grow.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Manager in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Exposure to several technologies in short span, new leadership improving the experience of working there, lots of ownership and mostly new product development as against working on services or maintainence projects. Overall good for learning and adding value to both company and self.

    Cons

    Was a very formal organization, which is improving now. Too much of heirarchy and process focussed leadership as against focus on technology, slows it down a bit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working on improvement and check if and how leadership can add value after 5 years of service to the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at EXFO

    Pros

    good environment to work,flexible time,friendly policy

    Cons

    not much,good place,good canteen,nice people

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Every six month Performance check but no salary hike

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good company to gain Telecom knowledge.

    Cons

    Always get prepare for next job while working with EXFO. They always have reasons to show you Exit way.
    Be aware of Senior Mgmt (including TLs and above).
    Be prepare to stake your personal life before joining EXFO(hard delivery timelines).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve professional Environment apart from being personal with the Employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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