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FEI Reviews

Updated September 6, 2017
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FEI President, CEO, and Director Don R. Kania
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Pros
  • Er is een goede work / life balance en nog veel kansen (in 10 reviews)

  • Great work environment with opportunities for international travel (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • 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. 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.


  2. 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

  3. 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.


  4. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at FEI full-time

    Pros

    Vacation was nice and I liked the people I worked with.

    Cons

    Pay was a little low. They bought and then shipped that part overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  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. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "becoming disenchanted"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Engineering in Hillsboro, OR
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at FEI full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    work life balance is nice
    interesting products with challenging technical issues

    Cons

    growth has brought challenges. US is beholden to management in EU--EU is slow to respond and often at the expense of success in the US. Senior management is becoming more and more disconnected with reality.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to employees, really reward and value them and don't just talk about it. Get connected with reality of the business.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great company but management leaves a lot to be desired"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has many incredible people working for it and the technology is amazing. The work is varied and is rarely boring

    Cons

    The company is quickly becoming a victim of its own success by outgrowing their ability to serve their customers. Because every division is understaffed employees are being required to do superhuman efforts just to keep the customer's tools up and running.Because of this, salaried employees are regularly forced into working ridiculous overtime that they are not compensated or rewarded for in any way. The concept of work life balance does not exist.

    It is a very political place to work, with battles between departments, divisions and geographic regions. Middle management has rarely been trained how to develop and get the most out of their employees. As a result, high quality employees are left stranded with nowhere to go but out. Career advancement is by and large impossible.

    Advice to Management

    FEI has the potential to be an amazing place to work. Staff appropriately and invest in the company infrastructure so that people can spend less time firefighting, and more time preventing those fires in the first place.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "up and down"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay. Excellent technology.Intelliigent workforce

    Cons

    Small work force compared to install base

    Advice to Management

    Hire more service


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