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Coherent Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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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. "Office Manager"

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    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.


  2. "Field Service/Manufacturing Engineer"

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    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.

  3. "Cool products"

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    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.


  4. "Good Company to work for."

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    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


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Ok Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Coherent (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ok work environment. Diverse. Flexible with employees

    Cons

    Not many perks to work there besides your benefits. No bonus. Raises are very rare and hard to come by

    Advice to Management

    Too many cooks in the kitchen and no trust to it's employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Really nice HR department"

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Tech in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Test Tech in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Coherent full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great HR department full of really nice people. Decent benefits for insurance, 401k, dental, and Healthcare. One annual picnic in the summertime.

    Cons

    Publicly held company, expect lay offs regularly. Little reinvestment or R&D, instead they buy up other companies. Business org chart hidden making lateral moves difficult. Intense politics amongst upper management. Extremely depressing environment.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in Coherent to make it great again.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "big disappointment for young"

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

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    stable company outlook, not stressful environment

    Cons

    poor management, too much politics, no career potential for young non-germanies, no bonus, frequent shut-down and layoffs, uncompetitive salaries


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Organization"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, UT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Santa Clara, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Coherent full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Organization
    Good Salary
    Flexible Working Hours
    Good Work Life Integration
    Work Independence

    Cons

    Not So High Salary and Increment is not very high


  10. "Laser tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun place to work. Great coworkers

    Cons

    Biweekly pay and more overtime


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