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Electro Scientific Industries Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "ESI"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of smart colleagues and interesting work. Given the freedom to drive projects to resolution. A large variety of customers and applications.

    Cons

    If management is not focused on your project you will get little to no support. If management is focused on your project it will be micro-managed to oblivion.

    Lack of resources to cover the projects tackled.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the number of projects so that those that are important are done right. Be more realistic in timelines and goals. Get out of meetings/your office and listen to what your team tells you.


  2. "Eugh...."

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many smart and kind people working at ESI. Most are quick to help and teach.

    Cons

    The past few years of the company struggling and several rounds of layoffs have been demoralizing. The Company is trying to hang on to its main business casting around to find new markets to grow into, not always successfully.

    Advice to Management

    Man, I don't know. It's not been going to great.

  3. "Glad to be moving on......"

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    Former Employee - Senior Global Logistics Analyst in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Global Logistics Analyst in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salaries are competitive... Career advancement is possible

    Cons

    Office politics and culture are terrible

    Advice to Management

    Good Luck


  4. "ESI"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent people to work with. Good pay and benefits. Dynamic and interesting products.

    Cons

    Aggressive delivery schedules, Product phase over not consistant


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Configuration Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    About a third of ESI's employees are engineers. This is reflected by a strong engineering approach to management throughout the company.

    Cons

    As an equipment supplier to high tech manufacturers, ESI experiences highly cyclic demand for its products. As a result, as high performers get salary increases they become increasingly susceptible to layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Management is often handling layoffs with a sense of crisis, and ends up focusing only on attempting to meet a fiscal goal with minimal interruption. They end up consistently losing some of their best performers because these employees tend to get the largest raises. Management needs to learn how to avoid doing this.


  6. "Snr Manufacturing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company, diverse products inspired through innovation and creativity

    Cons

    Limited management positions in US as Manufacturing was moved to Asia in 2010.

    Advice to Management

    Growth strategy changing to focus core competencies to penetrate adjacent markets


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, But Steer Clear"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ESI offers a unique experience to its engineers in which they have the opportunity to travel to exotic locations while working with awesome technologies and helping other companies create some really cool products.

    Cons

    The company is failing miserably at staying afloat and generating any system sales. There have been layoffs multiple times in recent years. The morale is low and the general feel is that if things not change soon, the business will fail and go under.

    Advice to Management

    The management needs to learn how to identify opportunities that are and are not worth pursuing. There is a general failure to properly reuse technologies that have already been developed; far too often the engineers are forced to reinvent the wheel because someone in management made a decision without seeking any input at all.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The division engineering manager was very understanding, considering, and accepting of family values.

    Cons

    ESI bought out the company New-Wave Research for one of the several product lines New-wave offered. After the acquisition, the other product lines development were of little importance and were eventually let go.

    Advice to Management

    It would have been nice to have better communication between upper management and the team as to what the overall companies goals and plans were before laying off entire divisions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mfg. Eng."

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    Current Employee - Laser and Optics Engineer III in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Laser and Optics Engineer III in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sometimes challenging, Small group of seasoned engineers. Different groups work well together. The work on semiconductor capital is very interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Company has been struggling for almost two years. General manager position at this location has not been filled. This location will be moved to the West coast.

    Advice to Management

    This is an engineering based company but there are way too many support (administrative) people at the company headquarters. That's it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "clueless execs"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Electro Scientific Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice coworkers and Ok benefits

    Cons

    lousy management and poor leadership

    Advice to Management

    it's a lost cause...


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