FEI Reviews

Updated August 31, 2014
Updated August 31, 2014
24 Reviews
3.3
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Management needs work

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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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company but management leaves a lot to be desired

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
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    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 an 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Driven to the shareholders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Technical in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Stock is soaring. Record profits quarter after quarter.
    Little turnover, big RIF's haven't happened in years, little ones are silent and sudden
    Interesting technology
    Some good groups to work in. Career is as good as your manager
    Company will be around for a long time to come.

    Cons

    We are told to take time to do things right, yet consistently firefighters are rewarded and those doing what we are suppose to are passed over for raises

    Promotions are possible. Don't expect anything more than a title, almost nobody gets a salary bump, just more responsibilities and often are poorly reviewed by the group they exit.

    Headquarters in US; but Europe dictates everything. See other reviews

    Record profits all the time, lucky to get 2% raise and told employees are the greatest asset

    Lower management often lies and there is no accountability

    Lots of lower management have created empires that serve individual values, not their function. Don't question an empire or a cherished.

    Actually told that to be a meets employee I need to consistently be there 8 am till 6 and 7 pm and weekends like everyone else, otherwise I'm not meeting the corporate published value statement

    Open door doesn't exist. Speak out and your career is over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What is presented in company meetings is awesome; however, the direct managers contradict what senior manager states. When questioned, I'm are told "that's what the company line is for the meetings, we will continue doing ... instead". Senior management is isolated from the realities of what their staff is actually doing

    You hire very talented and intelligent folks, then insult their intelligence with conflicting statements across the board.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good place to start the career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FEI

    Pros

    Very friendly environment and colleagues

    Cons

    Very slow raise and no big plan

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Small company with great products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Pros

    Great pay and incentives plan

    Cons

    Small company, not many opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your good people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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