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too much bug fixing, at least that's how it was for me...

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

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

Pros

Good location, but, as some, or already most of the people know, they are selling the building in Foster City. I guess, like most reviewers on here, I would say that the location is the only pro about this place.

Cons

If you're not looking forward to grow as an engineer and be up to date with current technologies, do not work at EFI. The technology that the company uses is outdated, and due to its size, change happens very slowly.

Maybe if you're a fresh college graduate and fall into the right team, it might be a good place to start your career. Make sure to ask at the interview exactly what will you be working on and exactly how much code you are going to write. Most of the jobs are maintenance jobs where you're stuck at bug fixing forever. Avoid those positions at EFI.

Do not expect to get raises. Be smart, and negotiate your most desired salary during the offer. Do not get fooled and expect that you are going to go in there, prove yourself and get promoted. You will prove yourself and get promoted, its just that the promotion will not be reflected on your salary much.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I wouldn't really give any advice to management. They know what is going on and if they want to, they can change it. The thing is that change comes with cost. The company is trying to save money in every way it can.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Not worth the headache

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Quality product line, exciting industry

    Cons

    no accountability, minimal leadership and zero direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Backfill necessary roles so you don't leave your team so filled with holes that you spend more time trying to "plug the dam" then running your business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Challenging environment in the Inkjet group

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    Former Employee - Operations in Meredith, NH
    Former Employee - Operations in Meredith, NH

    I worked at EFI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corporate vision is well defined
    Technology was way ahead, loosing steam to the competition
    position in the software side

    Cons

    Management behavior towards employees in Meredith
    lack of departmental experts in specific fields
    each business unit runs its own show
    Product launches are always delayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meredith Management should put down the stick, that's so 1970's management style. You achieve much more with a comprehensive, employee focused approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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