Newport Reviews

Updated April 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Engineering Technician

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work on laser, mechanical, optical, and electrical assemblies Bi-quarterly bonus if production is met Vacation and sick time

    Cons

    Poor training on laser, mechanical, optical, and electrical assemblies Bi-quarterly bonus is used as leverage against Direct Labor Vacation can be denied if the approving supervisor feels so

    Advice to Management

    ISB/OEM DEVISION: Direct Labor is pushed mercilessly to produce revenue regardless of repetitive short-comings noted by the procurement process and production processes of the company. The concept of level loading is lost and replaced by last minute parts in to rush out ideology for completing assemblies. A primary majority and strain/stress is placed on the hourly technicians to constantly achieve in fear of a lay-off. Supervisors carry a very negative attitude about employee value. The stressful environment makes way for cut-throat behavior, favoritism, bullying, and the formation of tight knit groups of people not accepting “outsiders” into the fold. The proper environment consisting of a nurturing or nourishing atmosphere is lost on un-backed name dropped versions of the word teamwork. No proper employee training is firmly ingrained in the company’s processes. Rather, a deficient grandfathering and tribal knowledge based culture is passed down relying wholly on the demeanor of the employee doing the training and how they perceive the person being trained. This is followed by doctored training history paperwork used to show the disconnected upper management that everything is running smoothly and sufficiently. Those who work hard are given the most work to do and carry with lack of compensation or gratitude. The outlook becomes an expectation of a hardworking employee to maintain the overachieving level of standard rather than rewarding an employee's achievements and leveling workload among other employees. Direct Labor works the hardest and gets laid of the quickest at this company. The ratio of upper management/salaried employees to direct labor is astonishing. The company boasts the “Too many chiefs, and not enough Indians” belief whole-heartedly. Proper lower level structure is lost on the belief that a disconnected associate of upper management can oversee everything beneath them without flaw. The company prides itself on the lack luster assumption that the STEP process is utilized within it. The “P” in STEP stands for personnel development. You may as well forget about that if you choose to work here. You can/may/will develop yourself, but through no help of the company. The below average rate of pay leaves compensation a joke, and makes advancement in the company stagnant. The opportunity to renegotiate a salary is lost on dis-appreciation carried by upper management and the disconnect with valuing what an employee actually endures each day. I don’t recommend this department for choice of work, unless you fit unspoken, age/race/body type specifications.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Declining morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many of the people are good at their jobs.

    Cons

    The leadership are out of touch and don't walk their talk. It's all about the stockholders and the people come dead last.

    Advice to Management

    Walk a mile in your employee's shoes just for a day. You are out of touch. All talk and no walk breeds cynicism and people's morale is tanking.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Product specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great place to work, great friendly people

    Cons

    wages are low relative to the OC area


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  5. Helpful (2)

    All about the money

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401 K Match is above average. They pay you. Have a nice HR department. Free instant coffee water. Easy to be the smartest person in the room.

    Cons

    No options for personal growth, if you are liked by your manager they can decide to stagnate your growth for their own personal gains. Middle management is incompetent and should be fired. No interpersonal skills from all of the managers. Favoritism is more important than individual performance. Lacking in proper structure and rules are not enforced. Product design is inferior and not worth the prices. Corporate mission is to buy companies and send product overseas to maximize their profit margins. Will close a product line if profit margins are to low.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be treated as an investment not a cost figure. If silicon valley is to expensive move the company to another state to improve your profit margins. Moving a product overseas is the worst idea I have seen yet from upper management due to the complexity of some of these products.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Disappointing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and compensation. Internal training and cross training. Casual dress code. Flexibility with regard to meal breaks and shift start and finish times.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment with regard to promotion policies. Favoritism. Unfair review and disciplinary practices. Some employees held to stricter standards than others. Lay offs usually restricted to hourly workers. Salaried employees got to keep their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the people more than profit and maybe you'll have more loyal and happier employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Maybe a good place to work, depends on which div and re-org one works under; don't expect loyalty.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee. On-site cafeteria. Pay & severance policy are reasonable. 401k match, health benefits, life & long-term disability insurance are good. 10 holidays per year; good vacation plan for tenured employees, if one can survive. NPO’s Optical Manufacturing Engineering department has strong leadership and skilled engineers. Some technicians are highly skilled.

    Cons

    The NPO division reorganizes management about every 5 years, currently suffers from nepotism, and is a hostile work environment for those that are not friends or relatives of its management. Optical fab dept management and coating dept technical leadership lack interpersonal skills and practical working knowledge of English; their written communication skills leave one trying to interpret the gist of messages, except the thinly veiled attempts of public humiliation. Experienced techs (not family or old friends of management) are treated with little respect and are in constant fear of being written up or let go. Dedicated & qualified managers, support staff, and techs have been discarded while others remain who destroy morale and poison the well; the "good old boy network" is alive and well in NPO. Little investment in modernizing old equipment. Irvine is an expensive city to live in and is difficult to commute to.

    Advice to Management

    Hire & promote leaders that have succeeded in prior businesses. Putting those in charge who have already failed a couple times does not inspire confidence with the workers.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good entry level job. Veterans are usually willing to teach you the ropes. Education reimbursement.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement. Employees stay in their positions for years which leaves no room for people underneath them to move up. Very little communication with upper management except for the annual review. No job security.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let your employees stagnate in their positions for years on end. This blocks new people from coming onboard and makes it unlikely for fresh ideas to be brought in.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Company could be worse but you will eventually want to leave.

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    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k match is great. The company is smaller so you get to know everyone. Generally good people.

    Cons

    Upper management is horrible and the is almost no room for advancement. When you do get promoted they limit any pay raise to 5% rather than what the new title should pay. Pay seems below market average for all positions I held.

    Advice to Management

    Look up employee effectiveness and work on it.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good experience, but no upward mobility

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Newport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment, Great people

    Cons

    Very few advancement opportunities, too frequent layoffs, salaries below par

    Advice to Management

    Focus on promoting your top performers instead of just buying other companies.



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