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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Run of the mill trying to keep afloat."

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nobody really cracking a whip on you... So that's nice.

    Cons

    Not much is expected from their employees. Accordingly... pay is lower than average.

    Advice to Management

    Work on your image within the industry... your once valuable name has been completely diluted.


  2. "Too Clique-ish"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Technology and manufacturing is good.

    Cons

    Office crew are extremely clique-ish and gossip too much.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new blood.


  3. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Production in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work before being purchased.

    Cons

    Was a reputable and growing company prior to being acquired by Idex. Now just a profit center will no real strategic plan for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the employees at the business unit level. Managers have not been effective with their employees with a my way or the highway mentality. Big impact on the moral.


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  5. "Janitorial"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance/Janitorial in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Maintenance/Janitorial in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people.Nice company . Good company events

    Cons

    Manag. not in reality . Poor decision making that affects moral with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Think before you act.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Machinist"

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Machinist in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits.

    Enjoyed the work and management.

    High tech industry. It was close to home so I was able to rind my Bicycle.

    Cons

    When Idex bought the company the machine shop was cut from the facility at our location. Laid off.

    The lay off was totally unexpected by me.

    Advice to Management

    Bring the work back to the USA


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Formerly good company rapidly degrades under new management"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The CVI company was well recognized leader in the optical industry. The product was very well diversified and company was producing wide varieties of optical components satisfying majority of the customers. The company started to degrade rapidly since a new management took over. The new management is absolutely incompetent and in the field of optics and optical products. Most of them came from IDEX Corporation which is very different in comparison to CVI Laser Optics and do not understand specificity of high tech optical company. The company revenue has been dropped by tens of percent right after acquisition due to the distractive influence of the management and CEO. They continued to destroy company by several laid offs and lost majority of highly qualified engineers. They cut off several product lines. Now many products have been discontinued in spite that there was a customer demand and expectable source of revenue.

    Cons

    The were some challenges in the past in the field of new product development in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company because they don't know how run optical company. I don't think that it makes sense to close the company which was successful for about 30 years prior to acquisition.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Melles Griot"

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of nice and knowledgable coworkers

    Cons

    Limited investment in new technology

    Advice to Management

    Put more resource to new things


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Not a good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Representative in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers and interesting work

    Cons

    Constant turnover of upper level management leads to constant change. Little support from other managers/departments. Constantly apologizing to customers for our mistakes. Changes are made without consulting the people that will be using or affected by changes. Little opportunity to advance unless you have the "right" degree


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They have poor management, and Discriminate, Do not Promote Employees from within"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - N/A in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the Coworkers were Very Nice to work with. Lower level Management was way under qualified, and upper Management was Blind to the Quality of how people are treated.

    Cons

    I suffered a Great Deal of Discrimination

    Advice to Management

    They need to Be more Honest so they don't Ruin their Good Working people


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CVI Melles Griot full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is interesting and they do produce a quality product. They also have a wide variety of products and some very knowledgable people.

    Cons

    They take advantage of their employees. They don't provide the necessary equipment in some departments. There is too much finger pointing and the department managers rarely take any responsibility. They promised not to have lay offs then three weeks before Christmas they laid of 10% of their employees. They treat their employees like dirt.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the drama between the different departments. Each department should be kept accountable for their own work and should not be able to dump their work on other departments.


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