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"My time at Thorlabs"

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Current Employee - Technical Marketer in Newton, NJ
Current Employee - Technical Marketer in Newton, NJ
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Positive Outlook

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

Pros

Dedicated group of people building good products
Nice facility
The benefits are pretty good

Cons

Some Senior Management can seem distant and unaware of the concerns and needs of employees, and often stress speed over quality.

Other Employee Reviews for Thorlabs

  1. "A fun internship"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Newton, NJ
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Newton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, company rewards for overall company performance, great for learning when out of school

    Cons

    Does not pay as well as other companies but this is made up by a nice environment.

    Advice to Management

    Can't say since I only interned.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mediocre, but getting better"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Thorlabs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people are enjoyable to work with.

    The company is trying to progress.

    Constantly growing.

    Great access to management.

    Cons

    The company is run by scientists that too often "recreate the wheel" rather than going with industry best practices or bringing in an expert.

    Owner micromanages rather than letting employees take ownership of their work, which I believe would lead to better results. The company says its focus is the customer, but the "customer" usually just means the owner.

    Low wages, sub-par benefits, difficult to advance (flat structure). Little visibility related to this.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more freedom. First I mean this in terms of allowing employees to take "ownership" of their portion of the company. Second in terms of the company structure- hours are very rigid, which makes working there a headache.

    Focus more on employee development. Management needs to know how to be more supportive of employees, which will have a huge morale impact and spur better performance. Employees need to receive regular training- this will help them perform their work better and show them the company is committed to their growth.


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