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Coherent Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
John R. Ambroseo
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  • supervisor always threatened when they saw you with upper management (in 6 reviews)

  • lack the opportunity of career growth, the internal organization chart is not very clear, different business units are quite isolated (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Work Life Balance but no benefits"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Off by 5 everyday for most departments
    Work isn't too difficult

    Cons

    Layoffs are frequent.
    No other benefits besides standard medical, 401K matching.
    Minimal vacation time (10 days starting)


  2. "staff engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    job is usually stable, co-workers are friendly, nice scientific environment good for engineers keeping passion in science, benefit is in the middle range

    Cons

    lack the opportunity of career growth, the internal organization chart is not very clear, different business units are quite isolated


  3. "Staff Financial Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has structure, financial systems, and work life balance.

    Cons

    The basic benefits. Bonus for only upper management. Unprofessional middle managers. No new products from R&D team. Company needed to purchase Rofin to obtain growth.

    Advice to Management

    Train middle managers


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  5. "Test Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Test Technician in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Test Technician in Wilsonville, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Very structured and efficient work environment

    Cons

    Available inventory and inventory tracking was a constant issue.


  6. "Buyer / Planner - Stockroom -RMA Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing - Planner - Stockroom - RMA Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Purchasing - Planner - Stockroom - RMA Coordinator in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent (More than a year)

    Pros

    the warehouse people are amazing and can learn from

    Cons

    company takes it's employees for granted and not giving back for all the employees do


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic Environment, No Stability"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technician in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I can not think of anything good about this company

    Cons

    Very toxic place to work. No stability. Every 12 months there is a layoff to fudge the earning numbers to meet the revenue and earning expectations. Employees are dispensable. Insecure, old and useless managers hire contractors and young engineers to keep up the work loads and when time comes, they chops these people first. Company can no longer stay competitive and eventually will go out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead weights. Take care of the young, talent engineers


  8. "Office Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coherent (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities, unless you have a PHD in Laser Physics, or MBA in Finance.
    HR is extremely difficult to work with. For some reason they take it upon themselves to limit the applicant pool to a specific salary range for a position, and do not allow the hiring manager to manage her/his own department budget. There are on bonus programs, 4% 401k match, not a lot of incentives for employees to work to their highest potential. If you want a job where you do ok work, for ok pay, Coherent is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Allow department managers to manage their business. Every manager you hire is on board to help make the company successful. Let them do it. Mr. Ambroseo may want to address why some positions that are not physics related go unfilled for many, many months, in an area where there are extremely smart capable people to do the jobs, at a competitive salary. You get what you pay for.


  9. "Field Service/Manufacturing Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SERVICE/MANUFACTURING LASER ENGINEER in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - SERVICE/MANUFACTURING LASER ENGINEER in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, good employee morale, good fringe benefits.

    Cons

    Minimal new hire training, easy to get pigeon-holed.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more access to upward mobility.


  10. "Cool products"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, cool products, intelligent CEO.

    Cons

    No real opportunity to move up in the company.


  11. "Good Company to work for."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Work life balance. Employees stay here for a long term

    Cons

    Health benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    None


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