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Updated July 21, 2017
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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. 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

  3. "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


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    "FEI"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at FEI (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is very successful in it's market place. Well positioned for future growth and success with a great management team.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be improved. Work more diligently on getting all 3 sites to work together and towards one goal or purpose.


  5. "Great People Nice Environment"

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    Former Employee - Contractor in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Contractor in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at FEI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Low Key collection of people getting stuff done.
    Excellent personnel
    Friendly atmosphere
    Many Internships/Postdocs

    Cons

    The R&D groups are small and openings occur rarely.
    Funding follows the semiconductor or life science market.
    Path to full time employment seems to be through postdoc and internship.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in AT and R&D, don't cut or hold R&D funding. Expand into different markets or determine a way to put a dual-beam FIB in every lab.


  6. "The best"

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    Current Employee - FSE in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - FSE in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    To many to mention- Good solid company

    Cons

    Could not fine one so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going- you doing very well


  7. "Marketing"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at FEI (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, but other benefits are okay.

  8. "Stable technology company with good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best mid size technology company to work for in Oregon, if you are looking for stability, friendly coworkers and work life balance.

    Cons

    Software innovations happen at a glacial pace. Out of the box thinking, constructive criticism and the promotion of other than the established technologies or methodologies gets you labeled as "Poor team player".

    Advice to Management

    Define and communicate realistic growth targets around fewer but more scalable platforms with better margins. Reward employees who prevent issues from becoming problems in the first place just as much as people who heroically put out fires in the field, and at last stop throwing good money after bad on failing software projects.


  9. "Great work life balance. Not an innovator in software development but still provides enough work motivation"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance. Great benefits. Up to 6 weeks paid leave. Solid management.

    Cons

    Not a great place if you look for fast growing software technology


  10. "Good and bad"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hillsboro, OR

    I worked at FEI full-time

    Pros

    FEI offers a lot of benefits on top of mediocre salary. They have a great work life balance.

    Cons

    Very internal politically driven company. Hard to advance. Salaries could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Show employees a little more respect through the whole chain and not just management.


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