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Coherent Reviews

Updated January 10, 2017
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Coherent President, CEO, and Director John R. Ambroseo
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Pros
  • Great People to work with and great work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • It is a non hostile work environment and believe everyone has the interest of the company at heart (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No bonus plan for non management roles, no gym, little team building events for finance (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management makes questionable choices concerning what goes out the door and personnel who get to stay employed (in 5 reviews)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Financial Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior 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

    Work life balance, interesting Technology, stable environment overall

    Cons

    No bonus plan for non management roles, no gym, little team building events for finance. Limited career path as company has many layers. Duplicate rolls and always watching bottom line without developing products organically. Terrible middle managers who act unprofessional toward their direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    More incentives for RD teams with greater accountability. Ensure middle managers get proper trainning.


  3. Helpful (7)

    "Incoherent at Coherent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, conservative, predictable, and international.

    Cons

    Dull culture (or no culture to speak about at all). Not big on having an Org chart---to keep everyone in the dark about promotions (or non promotions). Below-market salaries. There used to be profit-sharing for the serfs, but that's been taken away ages ago. Very low turn over, so promotions are rare. Top heavy---too many managers. Lousy raises. Lousy company summer picnic. Lousy Christmas socials.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "A changing culture....not for the better!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Level Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Middle Level Manager in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked for the company for 10+ years. Good mid level people. Great industry. Good technology.

    Cons

    Executive team is very isolated from their employees Limited career growth, employee benefits are being reduced, stock ownership has be scaled back, bonuses are only for senior management, vacation time burned through useless mandatory shutdowns. CEO is combative when given feedback.

    Advice to Management

    You need to be more conscious of how your quarterly numbers-driven business decisions impact your workers. A more egalitarian approach to comp and benefits is needed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Assembly line workers to mid level mangers are hard working, friendly and respectful. My coworkers and my boss are the main reasons I have stayed at Coherent for so many years and why I would recommend this employer to a friend. But if it is important to you to work for a cutting edge high tech company, note what I say in the Cons section as a caveat ...

    Cons

    Upper management is too penny pinching and too focused on meeting quarterly numbers at the expense of long term investment. As a result, some of Coherent's core product designs are over 10 years old and losing market share to the competition. R&D efforts ot replace these aging designs are oftem terminated or held back because of upper management's penny pinching attitudes. Of course, it's important to spend money wisely. But R&D needs better support. Innovation doesn't happen for free. Innovation costs money. Workers should feel that they have the necessary financial support to innovate, and not feel pressured to justify relatively small expenditures for R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to send a stronger message of support for innovation in Coherent.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Mixed Bag"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good cross-functional teams with some great team members located in EU. Flexible work hours and good work life balance. I always enjoyed working with my team members at Coherent.

    Cons

    This is were your career goes to die. No advancements or development opportunities. Benefits have been cut back to the bare minimum including barely annual increases. Take it or leave it attitude from HR and management. You are expected to do your job well. Full Stop.

    Advice to Management

    Build a leadership pipeline and get in touch with your employees.


  8. "It's a job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Some of the best people you'll ever have a chance to work with.

    Cons

    It is a publicly held corporation -- 'nuff said.

    Advice to Management

    -


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Past Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked for Coherent for > 20 years and have seen many changes. Coherent has a lot of great people and the work environment is not bad. Salary is competitive, and had opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    Management is not in contact with employees and benefits have been reduced to save the bottom line. Unless you are senior manager there are no options or bonuses. People with more than 15 years have a target on their backs and in line for the next round of lay offs.

    Advice to Management

    Time to move forward and get new senior management. In this case, change would be a good thing.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Going down the tubes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have stock options, health benefits and a nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    I worked here for over 20 years. It used to be a great place to work. The founding president cared about his employees and treated them well. The latest president doesn't care about anything or anybody but money and is constantly taking away benefits. The new motto is: "you should be greatful you have a job".


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst Staff in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work life balance. Not too much pressure

    Cons

    not flexible; slow progress of career development



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