Newport Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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Newport President, CEO, and Director Robert J. Phillippy
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  1. A company with no strategy, struggling to remake it's identity, poor prospects for organic growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Would look elsewhere for advancement

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Newport

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Difficult

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Newport

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Newport

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Declining morale

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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

  9. All about the money

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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