Newport

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Procurement
    Former Employee - Procurement

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture and work environment.

    Cons

    Change is the name of the game.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Look up employee effectiveness and work on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

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

    Pros

    Stable company, many long term employees. In general treats employees well. Compensation, benefits and other perks are good for industry peers. I recommend working for Newport.

    Cons

    Communication throughout the organization sometimes lacking. Company culture is very scattered throughout the organization based upon what location you are working at.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers; fast paced projects; good 401k matching; decent pay

    Cons

    Too frequent layoffs; cyclical work; crazy schedule; no career advancement; company obsessed with corporate acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, but no upward mobility

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bozeman, MT

    I have been working at Newport

    Pros

    Very good 401K match, good benefit, the HR people are nice. Nice small quiet town. A lot to learn.

    Cons

    Very tight schedule. Not a lot of opportunties for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice stable company.

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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

    Stability, work closely with technology.

    Cons

    Difficultly in up ward mobility.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 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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