Finisar Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Finisar

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Finisar (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment. Good people. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Bad management. No apparent career ladder.


  2. intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar

    Pros

    goodwork is there to be done

    Cons

    bad salary for the interns


  3. Overall Review

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    Former Employee - Office Manager in Lowell, MA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Lowell, MA

    I worked at Finisar (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large Company Benefits. Cutting edge technology. Peers are educated, smart and hard working. Lot of company functions and perks.

    Cons

    Large Company. Never see upper management unless in CA. Very removed management.


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  5. Horsham

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Horsham, PA

    I have been working at Finisar full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Peers are great. Salary high, RSU's a great benefit. Insurance a little above average from norm. Products, technology are very good. Work environment good.

    Cons

    Micro Managed from the top level mgrs. No action taken unless approved and baby sat through process by Director/VP level management. Horsham is probably closing within a year although management will tell/has told that we are on the cutting edge for company success. No new product development coming in. Sunnyvale is where all decisions are made, although CEO sits in Horsham. Just a figure head with little or no desire to lead.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of previous mgt and bring in new


  6. Helpful (1)

    great people, extremely low pay

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Finisar full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The engineers are wonderful intelligent friendly amazing people. The environment is relaxed, the people are incredibly easy to work with. The technology is interesting.

    Cons

    I make slightly more money than my local bartender. HR negotiates extremely aggressively - especially if you are young or foreign. 1.8 years with no raise. Bonuses were cancelled company-wide despite positive gross margin. Forced PTO means you don't actually get PTO. People coming over from China are amazed at how strict our firewall is. We protect IP at the cost of innovation. I watched Finisar hire a young man who has a Masters in Electrical Engineering as an intern ($20/hr.). This happened June 2015. Finisar has become a retirement plan for a select group of people. All others are suffering wage compression.

    Advice to Management

    You are suffering from a staff that is too old. If you want to stay pace with the valley, you need to seriously consider investing in youth. People don't feel valued when you pay them table scraps.


  7. Technical Analyst 1

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar

    Pros

    A very supportive upper management. Great colleagues. Various opportunities to explore

    Cons

    Middle management could have been better.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Mixed Bag

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    Former Employee - Telecom Design Engineer in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Telecom Design Engineer in Horsham, PA

    I worked at Finisar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary good for the area, RSUs especially nice bonus. Lots of smart people, flexible hours, dynamic work environment

    Cons

    Industry is commoditizing and changing rapidly - this is a double edge sword. Keeps things exciting but can lead to dramatic changes in headcount. Upper management seems to care most about upper management, their sports cars and their yachts

    Advice to Management

    More focus on business, less concern for stock analysts, most of whom dont understand the business anyway


  9. Great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar

    Pros

    Great people and leadership and benefits

    Cons

    The commute was too far for me


  10. Great company, great people, filled with lots of brilliant people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, good benefits

    Cons

    no career development for middle level associates - - Founder very old school


  11. Great place to work, lots of good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Finisar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company is full of really smart people. Great leadership

    Cons

    not lots of room for promotion at every level

    Advice to Management

    Not in the market with salary



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