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Coherent Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2020

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3.7
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
John R. Ambroseo
93 Ratings
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  • "Upper management doe not share the wealth(in 7 reviews)

  • "lack the opportunity of career growth, the internal organization chart is not very clear, different business units are quite isolated(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Leader in Laser and Optics technology."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Reliable products that are in the forefront of technology work life balance opportunity and process that encourages career growth Very stable and thoughtful leaders responsible community focused company that gives back very high integrity

    Cons

    food options limited could use more electric car chargers

    Coherent2019-09-12
  2. "Semiconductor manufacturing inside clean room"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Enjoy th Bay Area very much. Work with a bunch of good people in their own way (Team work)

    Cons

    Time lines slips for various reasons I sometimes powerless over. It’s a big company and impossible to meet all your colleges and learn what they are working on.

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    Coherent2020-02-24
  3. "World leaders in Laser Technology"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Unmatched Laser portfolio. Great benefits Great co workers Outstanding technical resources and training

    Cons

    So far none at this time

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    Coherent2020-03-27
  4. "Awful, awful company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the employees in the building

    Cons

    Overbearing management that doesn't trust their employees to do the job they were hired to do. Not many professionals excel when micromanagers are breathing down their neck every single minute of every single day. Absolutely no clear direction on any projects, timelines, or goals. Forcing manufacturing techs to work full staff during COVID-19 outbreak. God forbid you shut the plant down for the health and safety of your employees. Lie to gov't officials and say you're only producing 'essential' product when in reality its been full production all along. Guess they couldn't figure out a way of not paying the employees during a pandemic shut down so better force them to work to try and save the quarter! No growth within company. Only if you're in the chosen few corrupt managers who get to sweep what they want under the rug and take credit for their 'subordinates' work, although they are actually clueless on the finer details.

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    Coherent2020-03-31
  5. "Low Turnover"

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    Current Employee - Consulting Contract Negotiator in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Very few layoffs. Many employees have been around for 15+ years.

    Cons

    No bonuses. Forced vacation during annual holiday shutdowns.

    Coherent2020-02-04
  6. "staff manufacturing technician"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    flexibility working hour, no bonus

    Cons

    a lot of pressure from upper management

    Coherent2020-01-19
  7. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits ,regular training and pay rise for good performance

    Cons

    No cons so far been with company foe two years

    Coherent2019-11-16
  8. Helpful (1)

    "mediocre"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    the work-life balance is ok, some benefits are good, for example especially HSA

    Cons

    a lot of Coherent products are simply too expensive and not competitive, the leadership solution is too lay off people and close production lines. the problem is that without substantial investments in R&D eventually everything that Coherent does will become not competitive

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    Coherent2019-11-16
  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Optical Technician 

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Learned a lot and they treat me well

    Cons

    None so far, all good

    Coherent2019-11-01
  10. "the company isn't in the good shape"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    a large company - a lot to learn, salary and benefits are ok-ish

    Cons

    the coherent is like a girl who was hot in a college, now she is in mid-forties and didn't age well, she still acts like a queen of the party. the coherent routinely buy smaller companies just to down-size them drastically, there is no visible long term strategy, several significant markets are lost to competitors, research and development isn't funded adequately from now on it can go only down

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    Coherent2019-11-14
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