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    "Good Pay and Work/Life Balance...That's About It"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at FEI full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    At the management level, the pay is very good - but careful what you wish for (see below). Work/Life balance is also good. Some nice people, but...

    Cons

    The company culture is terrible...the technology roots (and brains) of this company are seated in the Netherlands, and the workforce there is comprised of arrogant, lazy "employees" who spend most of their time backstabbing or paying lip-service to their American colleagues, or they're on vacation (I use the term "employees" in quotes because they all work for the Dutch Works Council (similar to an American union) and firing them is nearly impossible). The Dutch have ZERO respect for US employees, including and especially the CEO (Kania), and it shows in their apathy for the work and their 3 months a year vacation time. Time and again, I saw unqualified employees "promoted" into positions because they kissed a lot of you-know-what at the Sr. VP level, so, many long-tenured, knowledgeable employees would report to clueless idiots. Also, this company has a reputation of getting rid of people that make too much money. If you make six figures based on your experience, contribution to company success, the value that you bring - and you're NOT at the VP level - you're automatically a target, so watch out.

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    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and look at the dysfunction around you! Stop placing your trust in butt-kissers who ride the accomplishments of others for their own good. Get rid of the clueless idiots that have run their departments into the ground. Stop micromanaging the budget...stop telling managers how much they can have, and start LISTENING to what they need to move the company forward. And please just cut bait and acknowledge that the Dutch and Americans can never work effectively together. Slice off the European business and let them run it themselves, just take the technology and use the cheap(er) manufacturing capabilities for production.

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    FEI2012-08-07

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  1. "Software Internship in Fremont"

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     in Fremont, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at FEI for more than a year

    Pros

    Really great people and team! Part of FEI and now part of a bigger company but still has somewhat of a small company vibe at Fremont location. Fun place to be and lots of opportunities for developing projects. There are events throughout the year. This is a place where what you get out of it depends on your efforts. Also, the manager I had was super awesome.

    Cons

    Due to acquisitions, some of the company culture was disrupted and has become more corporate. This is due to budgeting and lack of effort to keep good people around.

    Advice to Management

    This is to the corporate management. Provide the same budget to the division as it had before. It doesn't make sense to expect the same profit output when positions aren't getting filled or even budgeted for. There's a lack of talent for the amount of work that needs to be done so there are people who have to work extra hard. Upper management also needs to listen to the managers and employees that have a better understanding of what products will sell and what direction the company should head because the plans are not measuring up to competitors. Please include the right people in these meetings.

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    FEI2017-07-21
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEI

    Pros

    upper management suck at making decisions and the culture is not diverse.

    Cons

    not a place for fast growth.

    Advice to Management

    improve on every area

    FEI2018-11-12

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