I have been working at nLIGHT full-time (More than 5 years)
Incredibly exciting technology and challenging projects. Will enable you to expand in your field of expertise. Mgmt encourages lead from anywhere and they mean it.
Not of engineers looking for a relaxed steady state environment. If you are not interested to continuously grow and push yourself, then this is not your place.
Advice to Management
Continue to encourage lead from anywhere.
I applied online. The process took 6 days. I interviewed at nLIGHT (Vancouver, WA) in September 2012.
Require a prepared presentation. A lot of emphasis is placed on how much care and attention is put into the oral presentation. Then it was several hours of 1:1 with different people which was wearing. Everyone was positive and pleasant. But I was tired by the end of it.
Not much negotiation. It was not the best of economic times.