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Coherent Reviews

Updated February 24, 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 8 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. "Working full-time"

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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

    Great company! Number one laser industry around the world. Lots of work everyday, but there are always much fun for doing those work. The company working environment makes workers feel alive and being important person.

    Cons

    A bit less benefits compared to the size of the company.


  2. "I Like It"

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

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I like the scientific culture where data drives decision making. Good teamwork at times. Management allows people to succeed. Continuous improvement culture is evident.

    Cons

    At times, there is not enough open communication. Sometimes, people over step their boundaries and try to works tasks that are not their responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to solicit employee involvement. Keep up the training.


  3. "Work Life Balance but no benefits"

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    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)


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Optical Engineer"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Coherent is a leader in just about every laser industry which means working here will help you gain great experience working on truly high quality products, for the most part. I work in a smaller branch of Coherent and I have always appreciated the respect, honesty, and professionalism that coworkers give each other including managers. High quality work is generally rewarded with raises.

    Cons

    The Coherent culture is a little conservative in terms of new product development. They only develop products after they have sold them for the most part which is not a terrible business strategy but it can make R&D a little repetitive and prosaic from an engineering standpoint. More vacation days would be a plus because there are always furlough days around Christmas time. I've been here for 5 years and we have had between 3 and 8 furlough days every year. Most of the time there is no reason as the company is doing quite well.


  6. "Coherent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Small company atmosphere, but big enough

    Cons

    HQ in CA, so little chance for moving within CT

    Advice to Management

    Keep thinking long term to be successful


  7. "Coherent"

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer
    Former Employee - Development Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Well managed company. Good place to work. Interesting science.

    Cons

    Not many. Sometimes too many meetings


  8. "Current Employee in Santa Clara"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great People to work with and great work-life balance. Many Long term employees

    Cons

    Equity only at the highest levels


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Former Intern - Firmware Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Intern - Firmware Engineering Intern in Santa Clara, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Coherent as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They had a very engaging work environment with weekly seminars from various people within the company, it was in a good location,

    Cons

    The building layout was a bit confusing, and the food at the cafeteria was expensive and cash only

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the company culture, and keep the product lines strong. You have incredibly fascinating products and a great place to work


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work Life Balance"

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

    I have been working at Coherent full-time

    Pros

    Easy going management
    Very little micro managing
    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Few extra benefits, no gym, rarely any parties
    Only once a year company picnic


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility to do your job with quality of life. No micro-managing from the top.

    Cons

    Nothing to say about this.



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