Electro Scientific Industries

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Electro Scientific Industries Reviews

Updated July 17, 2014
Updated July 17, 2014
11 Reviews
3.3
11 Reviews
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Electro Scientific Industries President, CEO, and Director Nick Konidaris
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  1.  

    Well run company, flexible management, positive work environment, state-of-the-art projects

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For a smaller company, they carry many big company benefits. If you work hard, you will move up.
    The company has been around for over 60 years and is financially stable.

    Cons

    Management could be more involved with projects and direction. Seems to be a big gap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With several changes in upper management, the direction of the company may be lost. A strong leader with industry knowledge. While laser applications is the current company focus, it doesn't have to be. The company started out as an electronic test and measurement company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Former field engineer

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer - 1990's  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer - 1990's in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best job I ever had. Well trained, well paid, chose our own airline, company car, overall a great job and I loved doing it.

    Cons

    Management changed hands and took all the benefits away. All of them I was told to go buy reliable transportation and esi would give me $0.11 / mile. Started flying all field engineers out on Sundays, made us stay over a Saturday night to cut costs that customers paid for - no impact to esi. 7 of 8 field engineers quit in one month.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before you keep. Good Lord why did management act surprised when we all left one by one?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I performed drudge work at a company unprepared for interns.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I was given a lot of independence in choosing what I worked on, and was given the opportunity to get experience from older employees. There was also an on-site cafeteria.

    Cons

    The average employee age was 10-20 years older than me and there was not any sense of mentorship. The company also seemed unprepared for interns (projects weren't well defined).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Teamwork is strong - Manufacturing is going overseas

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries

    Pros

    Strong on teamwork and cross-functional support. Design engineering is both innovative and realistic. Operations works like an ISO 9001 company even though company is not ISO 9001.

    Cons

    Very few new products making it to the marketplace. Product direction is more by management dictates than well reasoned approach. Company is presently dependent on a few loyal customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing and new marketing research at the company is weak. With senior staff, determine collectively what must happen to affect better research.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Observations of a mid-size company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries

    Pros

    Time off allocation is nice for a new employee. Stock option plan is worthwhile. Engineering is king and appreciated. In-house cafeteria is a great deal!

    Cons

    Long term prospects are limited as they move their manufacturing off-shore to Asia. Internal movement is preferential by the upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at work experience and not just a degree! Upper management needs to get out of their offices more and walk around and get a feel of what the rank and file are doing and see how they perceive things.

    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries

    Pros

    Flexible work schedules are a huge plus. There's never a problem with rearranging my schedule to meet my family needs. Great people who really know their stuff work here. The benefits package is really good too.

    Cons

    There aren't many opportunities for advancement. The review process is tedious. Hard work isn't always recognized on an individual level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards streamlining the review process. Stay on top of management to insure reivews are being given timely and are not extending a month or more beyond the given deadlines.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    ESI still has potential, but it needs to place higher value on it's best employees.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries

    Pros

    Compensation & benefits are reasonable for this industry.

    Cons

    Very little job security in a downside market. Be prepared to be laid off (no matter what your level of seniority).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think nearly all the senior managers are all intimidated by the type of leadership of the CEO and therefore are afraid to confront him with innovative or different business strategies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average overall

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries

    Pros

    The people at ESI are smart and easy to get along with. There's a wide variety of technology and a lot of it is cutting-edge. The company is small enough that any individual can make a noticeable difference if they want to get off of their butt. Intentions are almost always good.

    Cons

    There's been an incredible amount of churn in personnel over the last 5 years. The company is in the process of transitioning from old-school where 25+ years of service was typical to new-school where 5 years of service is industry average. Strong, team-building leadership is undervalued and almost non-existent. Company culture doesn't include constructively critical periods of review across entire disciplines but rather pits engineers against one another for once-yearly reviews. Check the stock price history.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the corporate culture

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    ESI

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  Hsinchu (Taiwan)
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Hsinchu (Taiwan)

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Kind environment
    Great training
    Caring to employees

    Cons

    nothing particular to be mentioned

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great co-workers and very relaxed atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries

    Pros

    Flexible and very friendly people. Good benefits

    Cons

    Company kept down sizing and kept expecting the same work output. Went above and beyond on many occasions and still was not good enough for job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of the success for the company came in the lower level work. People worked countless hours and effortlessly to make the quarter demands. Yet the company continued to higher upper management positions in lieu of keeping jobs at the lower level. These are the people that makes ESI have successful quarters. It is shameful that you rid the american people of jobs and outsource overseas.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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