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Coherent Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
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Pros
  • Work life balance, Finance systems (in 12 reviews)

  • Very structured and efficient work environment (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Limited growth opportunities, no bonus for non-manangemt employees (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management boys club mentality (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Workplace Environment and Company Values"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    - The company maintains a friendly and supportive environment where most managers are pretty down to earth and available for help when needed. Daily communication between employees and managers are informal which makes the workplace a little less stressful.
    - The headquarter is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Commute is not bad unless there is an event at Levi's Stadium.
    - Family comes first and Coherent understands that.
    - There is room for individual growth and career advancement.

    Cons

    Since the company has been around for almost 60 years, the facility is not as futuristic and modern as compared to other tech companies in Silicon Valley.


  2. "Inconsistent Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    It used to be the 9/80 work schedule but that goes away in 2018

    Compatibility among the employees who produce the end product

    Cons

    Upper management boys club mentality

    GM communicates ONLY via email to the workers and never gets to know the people in his facilities

    Disconnect between Corporate satellite manufacturing plants

    Company doesn't know how to treat their employees as important partners just looking to force the culture of work and no reward

    Advice to Management

    Get to know the people who produce the profits

  3. "Laser Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good co-workers, good place to work, job was good. Willing to return if offered Electronics tech job

    Cons

    Commute is a little too long.

    Advice to Management

    Would return if offered a position as an Electronic Technician, which would best use acquired skills and experience.


  4. "Good People"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Good, close group of people. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Poor Management, no room for growth. No advancement plan.


  5. "Manufacturing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere, friendly people

    Cons

    Working nine hour days


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with positive outlook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coherent is a great place to work if you're looking for a collaborative, open-door culture where people are skilled and driven in their areas of expertise, yet balanced and pleasant to work with. Management is flexible and open to ideas so it's a good environment to contribute both individually and as a team member. Recent integration with Rofin has expanded the business and the company continues to grow at an exciting pace with an impressive product portfolio and positive outlook. Many people have been with the company for 15-20+ years, which speaks for itself!

    Cons

    Room to centralize some internal processes, but expect this to improve as integration continues to roll out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up! Continue to invest in innovative product development, invest in talent and keep up with training opportunities.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Can not think of any goods

    Cons

    work there three years, went thru eight layoffs. The old bulls and buddies kill and layoff the young, hard-working talent engineers. Many of the old ones there do not have degrees and higher education to take advanced positions. No innovations.

    Advice to Management

    Take care the young and talent employees. These old dogs there will retired someday and the company will go down to toilet with no more new innovations , It is already heading that direction !

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Contract Administrator-New to Coherent and liking it!!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Contract Administrator in Richmond, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Contract Administrator in Richmond, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have worked for Coherent (at the Richmond location) for 10 months and am really enjoying my experience so far! The hiring process was easy and very straight forward. HR is friendly, responsive, and really helpful throughout the process. My co-workers are really helpful, easy to get along with, and positive. There is a bit of a "hands-off" management style, which really makes me feel that my work is trusted and that I am doing a good job. But, if I need help or want something further reviewed, there is definitely an open-door policy. In my position, I work with almost every department within Coherent and have had nothing but positive experiences in my interactions. I have learned a lot about custom optics, something I once thought would be way over my head. This site is working hard to increase the sense of camaraderie with things like ice cream socials, taco trucks, and BBQ's. It is a small office (this location) which works well for me. I get to know who I am working with and even become friends with some. I would recommend working here.

    Cons

    1. The Richmond site is in a bit of a transition since Coherent bought this site about 2 years ago. At times, it feels a little disconnected from the Corporate office.

    2. Slow accumulation of annual leave.


  9. "Excellent workplace"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Bloomfield, CT
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Bloomfield, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A large group of very intelligent, pleasant people
    Very interesting products, no lack of challenge
    Good practices, great place to learn
    CEO has good vision

    Cons

    You could be the best guy they ever hired and you'll still only get 2 weeks vacation
    Somewhat site dependent, Bloomfield is great, others are too but some have odd culture leftovers from Rofin.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the Bloomfield model, watch former Rofin sites to make sure they operate in the spirit of Coherent.


  10. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The overall experience is great. There are some amazing people here at Coherent that are more than willing to show you the ropes.

    Cons

    Top heavy on management, not enough head count to build product in timely manner, no room for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees grow into positions they deserve.


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