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FEI Reviews

Updated December 31, 2014
Updated December 31, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1. Featured Review

     

    Great innovative company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FEI full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative company filled with nice people. It's a great company to work at. They take good care of employees and have amazing technology you can be proud of.

    Cons

    None really besides there are few job openings there, and it can be difficult to get a job there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    FEI Response

    Feb 26, 2015VP Corporate/ Strategic Marketing

    Thanks very much for the review! Glad you enjoyed your time at FEI!

  2.  

    Cutting edge scientific technology manufacture.

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    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    I like working for a manufacture of cutting edge scientific technology. The product the company manufactures will eventually allow someone within the scientific community to find solutions for some of the major life threatening illnesses humanity faces today, and that makes me feel good about working for this company.

    Cons

    Some departments have glass ceilings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please add a place online where employees can submit money saving ideas for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    becoming disenchanted

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Engineering in Hillsboro, OR

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is nice
    interesting products with challenging technical issues

    Cons

    growth has brought challenges. US is beholden to management in EU--EU is slow to respond and often at the expense of success in the US. Senior management is becoming more and more disconnected with reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees, really reward and value them and don't just talk about it. Get connected with reality of the business.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    lots of areas for career growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEI

    Pros

    lots of areas for career growth

    Cons

    business and planning challenges are hard to work with

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Management needs work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    If someone wants the very latest in electron microscopy instrumentation, FEI is it.

    Cons

    New products, while challenging, offer the best glimpse into what the market is demanding and what FEI is capable of offering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to educate and empower lower level staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great company but management leaves a lot to be desired

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    The company has many incredible people working for it and the technology is amazing. The work is varied and is rarely boring

    Cons

    The company is quickly becoming a victim of its own success by outgrowing their ability to serve their customers. Because every division is understaffed employees are being required to do superhuman efforts just to keep the customer's tools up and running.Because of this, salaried employees are regularly forced into working ridiculous overtime that they are not compensated or rewarded for in any way. The concept of work life balance does not exist.

    It is a very political place to work, with battles between departments, divisions and geographic regions. Middle management has rarely been trained how to develop and get the most out of their employees. As a result, high quality employees are left stranded with nowhere to go but out. Career advancement is by and large impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FEI has the potential to be an amazing place to work. Staff appropriately and invest in the company infrastructure so that people can spend less time firefighting, and more time preventing those fires in the first place.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Great people and friendly environment. Lots of great work and interesting physics

    Cons

    Unclear job roles and responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More structure and clearer job functions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Progressive values, ethics not practiced by all managers, not enforced unbiasedly by HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FEI (more than a year)

    Pros

    Initial pay and benefits are very good. Lots of good people working as colleagues (mostly in non-managerial positions).

    Cons

    Mid-upper management dictate overly optimistic sales quotas, and make other decisions, without input from the employees that do the work and often know more. Then when quotas not met, to satisfy their bosses, they overreact with reorganization layoffs, no heed paid to previous promises of adherence to long-term goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apologize for being so pompous, then adopt a team mindset where you include the ideas of those beneath you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company to work for. Cutting edge technology.

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Company is strong, well diversified and forward looking. Technologies are cutting edge and base products are leveraged to span multiple markets and industries. Company has good reserves and has invested heavily in (smaller) mergers and acquisitions in the past few years.

    Little turnover and loyal employees, many return after going elsewhere. Very few RIFs in last several years, but the few that occurred are quiet and sudden. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Salaries are OK, but yearly increases across the board are small.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    up and down

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

    I have been working at FEI full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay. Excellent technology.Intelliigent workforce

    Cons

    Small work force compared to install base

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more service

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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