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Coherent Reviews

Updated September 21, 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)

  • 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. "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


  2. 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.

  3. "Engineering Team"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Santa Clara, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team of people, everyone is friendly. Lots to learn.

    Cons

    Getting started is very slow.

    Advice to Management

    Please develop an on-boarding curriculum that allows new-hires to self-learn relevant corporate business software and processes essential for job function.


  4. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, project, and one can drive change if you're not afraid of challenges.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, no bonus for non-manangemt employees.

    Advice to Management

    Offer manager the ability to offer spot bonus to hard working employees.


  5. Helpful (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.


  6. "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.


  7. "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)

  8. 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.


  9. "Coherent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    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


  10. "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


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