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EFI - great people, cool technology, poor management team, dated coding practices and standards.

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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Foster City, CA

I worked at EFI

Pros

Excellent people, some of the best brains in color and imaging technology.
Decent benefits.
Flex time available in most departments.
large start up!

Cons

Poor direction from executive management.
Salaries are on lower side.
Declining business.
Poor vision / unimaginative management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Trim the high level fat. Executives need to set examples by cutting their own corporate expenses, take a pay cut, etc.

Disapproves of CEO

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  1.  

    It's all about the people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at EFI

    Pros

    People tend to stay at EFI for a very long time, really I think because of the people they are working with. It's a great team to be a part of. Management is also open to hearing your ideas, just as long as you are willing to step up to drive the solution.

    People care about their work and take ownership. They are willing to come together as a team to deliver.

    Cons

    There is always a sense that we don't have budget. It doesn't matter what it is, it's assumed there's no money. This comes from the top. Even when the company was doing really well the purse strings were held very closely. I think that if we invested more in the right areas we would be able to build better solutions, instead of piecing things together with "what we have".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a step back and look at the big picture. Think strategically instead of focusing on near terms gains.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    A great company, at risk but no doubt worth it.

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    Current Employee - Core Technology Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Core Technology Engineer in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at EFI

    Pros

    EFI is to the image of its CEO: very friendly and concerned about people. EFI has a very good work ethic. EFI is to digital printing what Microsoft is to operating systems. EFI was the early emerging leader. EFI cannot be avoided. If you want to be on the side of Goliath, join EFI. This is a dominant player that can stay for years, although it can still fall fast, from high. A new General Manager has been hired in March 2009. This person will likely make a difference. The initial perception of this GM by the base is excellent. Practically all managers are very, very good human beings.

    Cons

    Downsides are also at the image of EFI management. Good engineers have been named managers as the company grew, starting with the CEO himself. But engineers are not always natural communicators or managers. Creativity has been killed by this kind of management over the years. At EFI, management skills are learned by trial and error. Training, when it is allowed, is associated with technology, not with management skills. The company performance and motivation has been slowed down by too many well intentioned managers interfering because they continue with their technical work, focusing on technical solutions, driving instead of inspiring their employees (those supposed to do the actual work). Outside of management, very few feel empowered and accountable. A bureaucratic culture of meetings and process-making has flourished at the management level. Watch out for the number of processes that are asking for resources that are not available! These processes invariably end up with trimmed-down, cancelled or late projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be back in touch with your real performers: those truly creating and selling your flagship products. Retain your expert doers. Be aware of the biased picture you get from layers of management too deep for this size of company. Reduce the ratio of persons who spend their days in meetings (and arguing endlessly) versus the number of actual doers, who have the direct skills to build your product, or sell it. There is too high a ratio of people having time to think about what EFI should do, versus the number of people who have the skills to execute. Rebuild your R&D. It was turned into a product building factory taking orders from OEMs, spying on their supplier/competitor EFI. Make this company drive innovation, again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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