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FEI Reviews

Updated November 24, 2018
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  • "Middle Management mediocre at best, as they are either not very good at evaluating employee skill sets, or showing favoritism" (in 3 reviews)

  • "not many, until bought out by Thermo Fisher Scientific" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Software Internship in Fremont"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at FEI (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.


  2. "review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "This was a great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at FEI full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, Until bought out by Thermo Fisher scientific

    Cons

    not many, until bought out by Thermo Fisher Scientific

    Advice to Management

    Don Kania, was our CEO. He took a 40 mill payout and threw this companies employees under the bus wit the sale to TFS


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Product marketing engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FEI full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Manager is nice.

    Cons

    The middle management is a bit in chaos.


  5. "Sr. Sales Operations Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues. Great Culture! Lot of good benefits

    Cons

    Can't think of any... Hope things continue to stay positive as Thermo Fisher Scientific finishes acquisition


  6. Helpful (2)

    "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at FEI full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and total rewards

    Cons

    Unclear if we will continue to have these offerings with acquisition by Thermo Fisher

    Advice to Management

    Assess competitive market position relative to the markets FEI competes with (high tech, life sciences, and local markets), the skills needed in our line of work calls for a targeted market competitive approach


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEI full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, highly intellectual team, opportunity to travel internationally, good on job training, good location

    Cons

    Under market pay, not much growth opportunity in the company

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Field Service Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good pay, Great Technology, plenty of customer interaction, and freedom to move about various customer sites.

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement, at least in field service. Middle Management mediocre at best, as they are either not very good at evaluating employee skill sets, or showing favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Middle management be professional when it comes to evaluating your employees by showing fairness, and using the correct company evaluation methods.


  9. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEI (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced growth company. Gettting acquired by Thermo Fisher. Has a great outlook.

    Cons

    European management has too much politics and over protect European employees


  10. "Great company until new CFO came onboard"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEI full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment with opportunities for international travel.

    Cons

    New CFO brought in a very "Corporate" attitude

    Advice to Management

    Yo shouldn't have sold the company, FEI had so much opportunity