Newport Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Newport President, CEO, and Director Robert J. Phillippy
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  1. Helpful (1)

    This place hired me under false pretenses.

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Newport full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good legacy in their catalog. But not much else.

    Cons

    I came on board to work on what they claimed was the biggest program in their history.

    It was less than 20 million dollars.

    They did not even have a PO signed.

     The majority of the coworkers I worked with were in the same boat. No one in the main building would support our efforts. Most believed the program would not last.

    That changed the moment a PO was signed. Suddenly all the tenured vultures and weasels wanted in. I watched one guy who’d worked his butt off and do great work get all the credit for his work accomplishments handed to someone else and fired. I hope he sued. I would have.

    They hired a bunch of people to bloat their headcount only to make the customer think they were serious about delivering on what was promised.

     The moment a contract was signed the schedule promised went out the window and costs shot up and they fired or purged most of the people they originally hired for the program.

    Not surprisingly within a year the customer dropped Newport for someone else who under promised and over delivered.

    But at the first sign of trouble the tenured vultures and weasels jumped ship and left all the temps and new hires to fend for themselves on a doomed program. The temps and new hires are the only ones who do any real work at Newport anyway but it was too late for them to do any good on the program. When the program got lost they were the ones who lost their jobs, not the unproductive, protected, garbage who drove the program into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everybody and start over. Or just lock the doors and go home.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Worst career move ever!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Newport full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They'll throw money at you to entice you. Their benefits and bonus structure looks very inviting on paper. They do have a quantum of honesty during the interview process. Typically in the form of a question that goes along the lines of: "How do you feel about working with a bunch of jerks?" Do not mistake this for a joke.

    Like anything in life, there are diamonds in the rough. There are a some there with great technical talent who are also wonderful human beings.

    Cons

    The most dysfunctional organization I've ever seen rife with hostility, and harassment. Sink or swim ethics. Talented people being fired over personality mismatch and not actual performance. Complete technical dishonesty from senior management when dealing with customers. They will lie about cost and schedule then drive both up once they have a PO in hand. They will treat your organization the way a big company like Lockheed or Boeing treat the government in terms of cost and schedule. But unlike the government your company doesn't have an unlimited supply of money. They offer absolutely no return on investment. Their facilities are vermin infested. Expect ants to invade your desk and to find rodent feces in your cabinets and shelves. A lot of the senior staff don't do any work. The workload gets dumped on new hires and contractors, many of whom are pushed out or leave within a year. There is extremely high turnover. If they seem desperate to hire you, run away as fast as you can.

    Advice to Management

    Start with a clean slate. Have senior directors who actually manage. Topple all the little kingdoms and depose the Junta made up of lower level staff who seem to run the place. Its really embarrassing that this organization drives off very strong technical talent over the word of a few who in many cases don't even have the dignity of an engineering degree. Because of them the organization is hemorrhaging talent, customers and earning a reputation in the industry that isn't flattering.


  3. Helpful (3)

    A company with no strategy, struggling to remake it's identity, poor prospects for organic growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package is good and competitive with other companes

    Cons

    Company is acting more like a holding company than a cohesive business. Poor integration of recent acquisitions particularly in creating a coordinated sales force. Overlapping product lines and internal competition.

    Advice to Management

    Create a 5 year plan and implement it, focus on core competencies,


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Would look elsewhere for advancement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Newport

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401 K matching is good. Wide variety of products, Once you find a connection at another site they tend to be helpful.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, mediocre health plan for a company of its size. Micromanaged from the CEO down. No clear picture as to the direction the company is going in. ESOP and Option Grants are all but unheard of at any level below director.

    Advice to Management

    No brand recognition as Newport,, Spectra-Physics div is the rogue elephant, a shell of what it once was. Management needs to leverage the the whole of Newport and act as one company. The reputation in the field is suffering. Time for some changed in the old boy network across all the divisions.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Difficult

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Newport

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

    Pros

    Newport products are critical part of research and high tech equipment advances in Microelectronics, Defense, Astronomy, and Life and Health Sciences. Competitive pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Very fragmented company structure. Management makes decisions based on what will help them achieve their near term objectives for their department/division, not based on what is in the best interest of the customers, employees or long term interest of the share holders and company at large. Little, to no, accountability for failure to meet commitments. There are some very dedicated employees that carry the weight and step in and perform the tasks of others, but even they cannot compensate for the poor day to day management and lack of effort to improve systems, efficiencies, processes and service.

    Advice to Management

    Look at solving systemic issues. So many resources are involved in reactive "firefighting" that nobody can or will take the time to investigate, identify the root cause, and put the issus to rest, especially because it involves so many different divisions that do not cooperate well.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Poor leadership, the General Manager is running the division as though it is a separate entity from the corporation.

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Newport

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package for a position with Newport is fairly decent with the company covering 80% of Medical insurance. There is also 401K matching and profit sharing available.

    Cons

    The Sales group has been a revolving door for almost 5 years. This is due to several reasons, mostly because the GM, who is a micro-manager, is unable to articulate the exact requirements for what he would consider success. There are little to no systems in place to help achieve any goals that would be set either. The GM has no experience in sales and is unable to comprehend or appreciate the value of a qualified sales rep.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the General Manager from his position and you should see at least a 10 to 15% growth in sales! The replacement leader should embrace the Newport Corporate name and leverage this to gain access to accounts globally.


  8. Helpful (5)

    A good place to work if you are a director or above

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Newport

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

    Pros

    The only thing that is a pro is that the company serves the industry that may not directly tie into mainstream, so does not have an affect on the recent economic downturn.
    There is no other pros

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. Company is really focus on making upper managment and executives richer. Very low incentives for employees. No cross training and no mentoring environment to encourage growth and promotion

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on fostering growth and mentoring of existing talent pool


  9. Helpful (2)

    Engineering Technician

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician

    I have been working at Newport full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Declining morale

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Product specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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