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FEI Overview

Website www.fei.com
Headquarters Hillsboro, OR
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1971
Type Company - Public (FEIC)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
With more than 60 years of innovation and leadership, FEI enables customers to find meaningful answers to questions that accelerate breakthrough discover­ies, increase productivity, and ultimately change the world. FEI designs, manu­factures, and supports the ... More

Mission: Our purpose is to enable our customers to create a better world. Our vision is to create nanoscale imaging and analysis workflows that enable existing and new customers to innovate in science, technology, and production.

FEI – Why Work For Us?

With more than 60 years of innovation and leadership, FEI enables customers to find meaningful answers to questions that accelerate breakthrough discoveries, increase productivity, and ultimately change the world. FEI designs, manu­factures, and supports the broadest range of high-performance microscopy workflows that provide images and answers in the micro-, nano-, and picometer scales.

Combining hardware and software expertise in electron, ion, and light microscopy with deep application knowledge in the materials science, life sci­ences, electronics, and natural resources markets, the worldwide FEI team of 2,700+ employees is dedicated to customers' pursuit of discovery and resolution to global challenges.


At FEI, we celebrate the achievements of our customers as they strive to resolve the world's problems through exploration and discovery. With more than 60 years of innovation and leadership, FEI provides customers with high-performance microscopy workflows that enable them to find meaningful answers to questions that accelerate breakthrough discoveries, increase productivity, and ultimately change the world.

Help Us Unlock the Mysteries of Life

In life sciences, our solutions help scientists understand the mechanisms of life. Whether working in cancer, HIV, crop pest resistance, animal science, or drug discovery research, scientists gain deeper understanding of cell behavior, functionality, and structure with FEI. 

Push Semiconductors to the Next Level

Our customers in the electronics industry are racing to develop new products at 20nm and smaller. As designs get smaller, everything becomes more complex and billions of dollars are at stake. FEI workflows are helping semiconductor companies work successfully with structures that are just a few atoms thick, so that they can improve yields and accelerate time to market.

Increase the World's Energy Supplies

The search for natural resources expands as demand intensifies. FEI automated mineralogy workflows are transforming productivity in labs, mines, production sites, and wellsites to help customers quickly answer critical questions and bring new energy sources to market.

Innovate New Materials

Innovative materials hold the key to improving safety, fuel efficiency, and productivity. FEI is helping scientists expand their knowledge of materials' elements and behavior over time in response to a variety of environmental factors. Discoveries that improve city infrastructures, increase clean water supplies, and reduce energy demands rely on FEI innovation.



Besides the satisfaction of helping customers change the world, FEI employees also enjoy competitive pay, opportunities for growth, and a range of other perks depending on where they are located.


Competitive Pay

We aim to hire and retain the very best individuals available, and that means providing highly competitive total compensation packages.Profit Sharing

 At FEI, everyone has the opportunity to be rewarded through an annual profit-sharing program. Participation and payment depend on individual performance, business unit performance, and FEI's overall business and financial results.Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP)

Most employees can purchase FEI stock at a discount.Informal Bonuses and Rewards

 We believe that all employees deserve recognition for a job well done, and sometimes they deserve something more. Managers are encouraged to reward "above and beyond" efforts.


Career Mobility
Your advancement is based on your contribution, impact, and willingness to take on new challenges. FEI offers plenty of opportunities to take your career to the next level, including formal programs, informal mentoring, and a culture that encourages and rewards personal and professional growth.

Global Mobility
FEI considers candidates from all locations and also offers cross-site opportunities to employees for key assignments. You could move between Europe, the U.S., and Asia- Pacific regions as steps in your career.

Training and Development
As a growing company, we need you to grow with us. You can take advantage of a wide range of development programs, from on-site learning opportunities to degree reimbursement programs.


Industrial ManufacturingOptimize quality control with automated, industrialized SEM

The Aspex Product Group from FEI is a collection of scanning electron microscopes for industrial microscopy solutions which help to improve quality control, production capacity, and profitability.  Suitable for the most rugged environments, Aspex solutions are used in demanding military, oilfield, industrial, and factory floor settings. 

Turn particles into solutions for:

  • Quality control

  • Cleanliness

  • Process efficiency

This family of SEM's specializes in automated particle analysis that can rapidly detect the size, shape and elemental composition of an entire sample.  

Advantages of an Industrialized SEM

These scanning electron microscopes with energy dispersive spectrometry can not only automatically document thousands of particles per hour while detecting the size and shape of each particle, but also identify the elemental composition of the particle. This valuable information can help manufacturers pinpoint the exact failing part or contamination source saving time, money, and perfecting their manufacturing process. Additionally, Aspex solutions offer a practical and push-button-easy to use system that can be tailored to your specific requirements and deliver results during the first day on the production floor. Industrial manufacturing solutions from the Aspex Product Group enable customers to quickly turn information into informed decisions.

What sets the Aspex Product Group apart from the competition is the fact that the solutions come from a single source manufacturer.  There are many benefits to having both the scanning electron microscope and EDX detector created by the same company.  For one, it makes service calls and routine maintenance procedures productive and efficient, decreasing downtime.   System performance is accelerated because of optimal communication between the SEM and EDX detector when all components are manufactured by a single source.  Maximum system performance means users are able to make quality control decisions faster and with more confidence.   Identical user interface models allow for ease of use and greatly decreases the learning curve for new users.

Natural Resources

Accelerate analysis, reduce costs, and increase throughput

FEI automated mineralogy workflows are transforming productivity for mining and oil and gas customers by delivering relevant answers when, where, and how they are needed. With FEI, customers accelerate analysis, reduce analysis costs, and increase throughput to more easily make critical characterization and production decisions. Whether in a centralized lab or at the mine, production site, or well site, FEI customers move from questions to answers with user-friendly solutions for anyone.

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    Great innovative company

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


    Innovative company filled with nice people. It's a great company to work at. They take good care of employees and have amazing technology you can be proud of.


    None really besides there are few job openings there, and it can be difficult to get a job there.

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    Field Service Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Declined Offer


    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at FEI (San Jose, CA).


    Applied online, recruiter contacted me not too long after and had a quick phone screening. Brought in for an interview with 3 managers at the same time. Brought it for a 2nd interview with two of the same managers and a potential peer. Was given technical questions and a short IQ and technical test.

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    • Was given an electrical diagram of an electrical module, was given background on what wasn't work, was asked how to trouble shoot the exact root cause.   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Better offer elsewhere.

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