nLIGHT Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Cool technology and company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    Fast paced and growing.
    Ability to make a difference.
    Leading technology.

    Cons

    Not a public company, but hopefully soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication. Not everyone knows how well things are going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    great products & technology.
    Senior management & executives way, WAYYYYY over their heads

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at nLIGHT

    Pros

    excellent middle management and many outstanding individual contributors...

    Cons

    Extremely passive-aggressive culture
    difficult or thorny problems are buried
    Top executives really not competent at managing and leading a now larger manufacturing base
    Revenue per employee so low that almost guarantees they will lose money forever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire....u really are not fit for the positions you have

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall they are good company to work for but management is not well structured

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    Very open and friendly environment. Senior management are easy to talk too and muck in with everyone to get a job done

    Cons

    A lot of people are in positions they have no business being in.
    The management structure is bad and no one wants to take a leading role for a lot of tough decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on improving the overall company structure and develop a better chain of command

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    So much potential, poor execution, no path to advance your career. Ambiguous direction from management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are wonderful people. Technology is cool. Potential to be a great company with the talented team of employees is present.

    Cons

    Mid level & upper management are pretty much clueless of their own short comings. Compensation is lousy. Morale among senior employees is low. More & more demands placed on already overworked/under paid employees. Good people leaving in droves in search of greener pastures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    good opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    lots of opportunity to learn new things

    Cons

    not much positive support, people are willing to go the distance when they know what they are doing matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    encourage your people, the simple words good job and thank you go a long way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Fast-moving, friendly, cutting-edge laser company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at nLIGHT

    Pros

    nLight is a mid-size entrant into the diode laser market. Friendly people, good management, seem to really care about employees.

    Cons

    Dynamic atmosphere--things can change quickly.

  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Tons of opportunities to learn, but no structure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of highly-motivated and talented people who love what they do
    Pretty positive and forgiving work environment which allows people opportunity to learn and make mistakes without serious repercussions
    Abundance of interesting projects and opportunities to improve existing projects and processes

    Cons

    Upper-management is lost and wondering in the dark about the company's future and focus
    A number of downright incompetent/inexperienced employees in critical roles which is costing company money and business
    Long-term planning is non-existent. No one know what's going to happen next month, let alone on a longer time-frame, and everything is a surprise (not a good thing if your business and livelihood depends on it)
    Lack of accountability at all levels, no one is following established processes, everything is done on the fly just to get it off your desk and move on to the next project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The old way of doing things is clearly not working. Major changes need to happen. A couple of lay offs here and there won't make a difference - the way you hire, communicate, plan, make decisions, etc need to change. Stop hiring and retaining junior and incompetent people and stop allowing them to "play business" with your company's money and future. Keep people accountable. Do the thing right the first time, instead of spending resources fixing inevitable mistakes later on

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

    Interesting and Tolerance Testing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA

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

    Pros

    Most people just want to come and go from work.

    Cons

    Because people just want to come to work and go home, they are only worried about their work load or problems... very self centered work environment...although I have heard this about other companies recently; more and more companies reward personal achievement over team work, which might be fine if somebody micro-manages and correctly weaves the individual efforts for the TEAM to be the best and most efficient. This did not happen at nLight, but could with the right management team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mid level management is not being honest with the workings of the company to upper management. Work on the small things so people can get their job done! Business processes are in place, but not very functional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Cool technology, lackluster company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    Nothing is cooler than laser technology. There are a lot of talented people at the company, and many managers are dedicated to helping employees learn and succeed.

    Cons

    Poor upper management, which is even more unfortunate because the company is so top heavy. The culture is somewhat passive-aggressive. Below average pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees feel undervalued because of the poor performance feedback and below average compensation. Help employees connect with the core of the business by being less secretive about projects and programs. Share successes company-wide.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Worked with a great motivated team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at nLIGHT

    Pros

    Allowed freedom of design, no micro-management.

    Cons

    Layoff's, some political stuff in high up management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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