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FLIR Overview

Wilsonville, OR
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (FLIR)
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year

Working at FLIR

FLIR designs, manufactures, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and ... Read more

Mission: FLIR will be the world’s sixth sense, improving the way we live by bringing innovative sensing technologies into daily life. FLIR technology will help keep our world safe and aware, our environment clean and preserved, our communities healthy and entertained, and our ... Read more

FLIR – Why Work For Us?

About FLIR

FLIR Systems - The World's Sixth Sense

FLIR Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes technologies that enhance perception and awareness. We bring innovative sensing solutions into daily life through our thermal imaging systems, visible-light imaging systems, locator systems, measurement and diagnostic systems, and advanced threat detection systems. Our products improve the way people interact with the world around them, enhance public safety and well-being, increase energy efficiency, and enable healthy and entertained communities.

Pioneers in thermal imaging, we were founded in 1978, originally providing infrared imaging systems that were installed on vehicles for use in conducting energy audits. Today our advanced systems and components are used for a wide variety of thermal imaging, situational awareness, and security applications, including airborne and ground-based surveillance, condition monitoring, navigation, recreation, research and development, manufacturing process control, search and rescue, drug interdiction, transportation safety and efficiency, border and maritime patrol, environmental monitoring, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threat detection.

We operate our business through six operating segments:

  • The Surveillance segment provides enhanced imaging and recognition solutions under our commercially developed, military qualified (CDMQ®) model to a wide variety of military, law enforcement, public safety, and other government customers around the world for the protection of borders, troops, and public welfare.
  • The Instruments segment provides devices that image, measure, and assess thermal energy, gases, and other environmental elements for industrial, commercial, and scientific applications under the FLIR and Extech brands.
  • The OEM and Emerging Markets segment provides thermal imaging camera cores and components that are utilized by third parties to create thermal and other types of imaging systems. This segment includes emerging businesses such as intelligent traffic systems and imaging solutions for the smartphone and mobile devices market.
  • The Maritime segment develops and manufactures electronics and imaging instruments for the recreational and commercial maritime market under the FLIR and Raymarine brands.
  • The Security segment provides cameras and video recording systems for use in commercial, critical infrastructure, and home security applications and operates under the FLIR and Lorex brands.
  • The Detection segment offers sensor instruments and integrated platform solutions for the detection, identification, and suppression of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosives threats for military force protection, homeland security, and commercial applications.

Be visionary

At FLIR, we have a simple but ambitious mission: to develop market-leading infrared and sensing technologies which enhance everyday life. From saving energy, to saving lives FLIR Systems is making a real difference in our world.

Our products are used in a wide array of situations to rescue people in danger, detect criminals, conserve energy, navigate safely, provide security around the globe, and protect our environment.

You can make a difference...

Since our founding in 1978, FLIR has grown substantially. Today we are the global leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of sensor systems, created for users in the commercial and government sectors, internationally and domestically.

FLIR improves the world with innovative, infrared sensing and detection technologies, designed to keep the planet safe, communities healthy, and economies productive. With an unwavering vision and solid determination, this is a fast-paced, rapidly changing and dynamic business.

Our people set us apart. As the market-leader, FLIR is a busy, dynamic place. We offer challenging careers and real professional growth in a culture that encourages constant creativity, continuous learning, and individual responsibility.

When you join our team you will relish the opportunity to be part of our success. Because, just as our products make a difference to the world, everyone who works with us is given the ability to make an impact on our future.

Thanks to the talent and imagination of our people, we are the best at what we do. Working to the highest ethical standards, we support the countries and communities in which we trade. In addition to our Corporate Charitable Giving Program, every one of our sites supports local charities and contributes to disaster relief efforts - another way for you to make a difference.

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    Since joining FLIR 13yrs ago, I've been given the tools and environment to really grow in my career. The technology is really cool and the team I have worked with is driven and focused on serving our customers with top notch solutions. My management chain has always been fantastic!


    FLIR is a fast paced, complex corporate structure; so sometimes it can feel overwhelming. But if you enjoy a high tech, dynamic environment, it can be an exhilarating opportunity.

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FLIR Interviews



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    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at FLIR (Portland, OR) in April 2016.


    Interview scheduling was a bit chaotic. Eventually an on-site meeting was scheduled and I went out there, but it was a very quick turn around time from go to show. I really jumped through some hoops and put myself at risk to get there when they asked. Then one of the key interviewers didn't show up. I knew it was over when they didn't even schedule a phone call with him.

    Ultimately they went with an internal candidate. I was actually insulted by this. First time I felt like this in over a decade about an interview. I'm easy going normally. As an executive, I wen tout of my way to not waste external people's time, especially on a long flight, if I had an internal candidate.

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FLIR Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Fastest Growing Companies, Fortune, 2009
  • Top Places to Work Globe 100, Boston Globe, 2009
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