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Finisar Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Work Life Balance in the company- You'll hardly be asked to stay late if you are in development field but not in production support (in 15 reviews)

  • Good people, flexible work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor management team with lack of leadership and insight (in 6 reviews)

  • The senior management especially at Malaysia only take care of their own cronies (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Extremely talented company to work with"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    The engineering talent is outstanding. Very well versed in development of optical components

    Cons

    Annual compensation resembles a "union" mentality, everyone gets the same raise no matter job performance. Oxygen robbers who sit in cube and sleep are rewarded the same as the engineers doing all the heavy lifting

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to use a system of meritocracy and reward your top performers


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Got drive and ambition? Don't waste your time at Finisar."

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

    I worked at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    Great products, great corporate vision, stable employment

    Cons

    No possibility of advancement; poor performance goes unchecked; extremely poor personnel management; dead-end job unless you are close to members of senior management; if you are a conscientious worker, you'll be stuck picking-up the slack of poor-performers; lots of "dead wood" at this company; new advancement opportunities go to company favorites

  3. "Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Newport Coast, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Newport Coast, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Finisar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Market share, technology leader, global, sales oriented, fiercely comoetitive
    Salaries are competitive
    Try to hire internally
    Bathrooms are pretty clean

    Cons

    Politics
    Top management has its share of imbeciles
    No real strategy except get bigger
    All of 15 new ventures failed
    Politics is rampant
    Jet top management figure executes the Art if War perfectly

    Advice to Management

    Focus on specialty markets


  4. "Engineering at Finisar"

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    Current Employee - Senior RFIC Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior RFIC Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment with competent people who have a genuine interest in optics.

    Cons

    Company is falling behind the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Switch IC development to a digital approach (DSP) in order to keep up with competing solutions.


  5. "senior mechanical engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people are nice to each other. The culture is friendly. A lot of different products are developed.

    Cons

    The management is very weak. Some people are laid back. They come to work after lunch time and leave after free dinner.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let those laid back people abuse the good culture and friendly working environment.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "In 27 years worst job experience I ever had"

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    Former Employee - Printed Circuit Board Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Printed Circuit Board Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Finisar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Um Um the food was good

    Cons

    Very disrespectful to there employees. I worked with the eng. dept doing printed circuit board design. I worked there for a lil over a year. When I first started My cube was at respectable location quite and easy to work in area. Then for some reason 5 months later they move my group to the most ghetto trashy part pf the company. Before we were put there it looked like thats where the garbage was kept and to make it worse, around us they had these huge meeting rooms, where these idiots would have these huge social gatherings that they called meetings in which they would be yelling and screaming and laughing out real loud with the doors wide open, as if we werent just outside the trying to concentrate on the designs we were working on. I had to get up and close 2 to 3 doors at a time talk about a trashy dump Finisar was it

    Advice to Management

    Be more aware and considerate of your employees, you stupid idiots


  7. "Work at ipoh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends

    I worked at Finisar (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the latest technology in the field of optical communication.
    Your colleagues are from various parts of Asia and from rest of the world.
    Irrespective of what your position is, if they find your suggestions reasonable they will take it.

    Cons

    Compensation could be improved.
    Worst phase of the employment was during the performance appraisal.

    Advice to Management

    Performance appraisal can be done in a better way so that people who actually deserve benefit more.

  8. "One of the Best in Bay Area"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology advanced, friendly people, Bonuses and RSUs

    Cons

    Promotion limited. Other companies buying spree

    Advice to Management

    Should be more proactive keeping best employees with the company


  9. "Sr. pcb design south bay area"

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    Former Employee - Senior PCB Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior PCB Designer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Finisar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lots of varied work.
    good benefits
    easy culture.

    Cons

    lacking state of the art tools.
    lack of strong management in group.

    Advice to Management

    need beter dfm and dfx tools.
    unrealistic project schedules


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No management direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and no pressure on deadline

    Cons

    Extreme political environment. Management listen to good news and do not want to improve business.


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