Electro Scientific Industries Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Electro Scientific Industries President, CEO, and Director Nick Konidaris
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  1. Configuration Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    About a third of ESI's employees are engineers. This is reflected by a strong engineering approach to management throughout the company.

    Cons

    As an equipment supplier to high tech manufacturers, ESI experiences highly cyclic demand for its products. As a result, as high performers get salary increases they become increasingly susceptible to layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Management is often handling layoffs with a sense of crisis, and ends up focusing only on attempting to meet a fiscal goal with minimal interruption. They end up consistently losing some of their best performers because these employees tend to get the largest raises. Management needs to learn how to avoid doing this.


  2. Snr Manufacturing Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, diverse products inspired through innovation and creativity

    Cons

    Limited management positions in US as Manufacturing was moved to Asia in 2010.

    Advice to Management

    Growth strategy changing to focus core competencies to penetrate adjacent markets


  3. Great People, But Steer Clear

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ESI offers a unique experience to its engineers in which they have the opportunity to travel to exotic locations while working with awesome technologies and helping other companies create some really cool products.

    Cons

    The company is failing miserably at staying afloat and generating any system sales. There have been layoffs multiple times in recent years. The morale is low and the general feel is that if things not change soon, the business will fail and go under.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to learn how to identify opportunities that are and are not worth pursuing. There is a general failure to properly reuse technologies that have already been developed; far too often the engineers are forced to reinvent the wheel because someone in management made a decision without seeking any input at all.


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  5. Mechanical Engineer

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The division engineering manager was very understanding, considering, and accepting of family values.

    Cons

    ESI bought out the company New-Wave Research for one of the several product lines New-wave offered. After the acquisition, the other product lines development were of little importance and were eventually let go.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been nice to have better communication between upper management and the team as to what the overall companies goals and plans were before laying off entire divisions.


  6. Mfg. Eng.

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    Current Employee - Laser and Optics Engineer III in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Laser and Optics Engineer III in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes challenging, Small group of seasoned engineers. Different groups work well together. The work on semiconductor capital is very interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling for almost two years. General manager position at this location has not been filled. This location will be moved to the West coast.

    Advice to Management

    This is an engineering based company but there are way too many support (administrative) people at the company headquarters. That's it.


  7. clueless execs

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice coworkers and Ok benefits

    Cons

    lousy management and poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    it's a lost cause...


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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (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 Management

    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.


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Teamwork is strong - Manufacturing is going overseas

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Observations of a mid-size company.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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