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nLIGHT Overview

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Vancouver, WA
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
IPG Photonics
nLIGHT manufactures high-power semiconductor lasers that are used in industrial, defense, medical, and consumer electronics applications. With global operations in Vancouver, WA, Hillsboro, OR, Shanghai, China, and Lohja, Finland, nLIGHT has grown on average over 30% per year ... Read more

nLIGHT Reviews

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15 Ratings
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    "Best corporate culture I've ever experienced"

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    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time


    The culture at nLIGHT is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Each and every person is passionate about the company's products. There are a lot of very intelligent and talented people who will gladly share their knowledge and experiences with you to help you grow and learn.


    I have no cons about this company.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for creating an atmosphere that is conducive to working hard and learning.

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nLIGHT Photos

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nLIGHT Interviews



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    Manufacturing Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Vancouver, WA
    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at nLIGHT (Vancouver, WA) in December 2017.


    Online application. Telephone follow-up to schedule interview. Email requiring the same information from the online application reentered into a different form. Email requiring an NDA to be accepted that you will not share the interview process with anyone. Once you arrive at nLight in Vancouver for the interview, be aware that there is not any parking available anywhere -- I mean anywhere. Plan to park blocks away if you can find a spot and walk along the roadway in the industrial park. You have to be buzzed-in at the front door. Once inside, you will need to provide your photo ID for a guest pass. You will have another pre-employment form to fill out asking why you want to work there. This is followed by a brief skills test. This is follow by two sets of interviews. You are placed in a room and interviewed in two sessions by two sets of three supervisors. In my interview, the first set of managers were professional and on point. The second set of managers was dominated by one female manager speaking over and controlling the questions not permitting the other managers to speak. She was very combative and unprofessional toward them and toward me -- the one being interviewed. Due to her attitude, should I be offered the job, I will decline it based upon her combative attitude. I could never work with such a unprofessional person.

    Interview Questions

    • Do you think your age and extensive work experience will be a negative factor in being able to perform your job here since you won't be in a manger position?   1 Answer
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nLIGHT Awards & Accolades

  • System/Hardware Company of the Year, TechAmerica Foundation, 2012
  • Manufacturing Company of the Year, Portland Business Journal, 2011
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