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Updated February 13, 2018
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  • 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. Helpful (1)

    "design engineer"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    flexible work hours, schedules and progress

    Cons

    reward is not good. everyone seems get the similar reward


  2. "anonymous"

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

    I have been working at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, talented engineers, great work-life balance. Good benefits. Catered lunches at very low cost. Company is a leader in the field and highly respected.

    Cons

    Nature of business is cyclical so there are down years.
    Pay could be better, especially compared to other's in the valley
    Building is rundown and shabby.

  3. "great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Finisar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well managed. good and casual work environment. work hours are reasonable. good benefits.

    Cons

    too cyclical of business. to many highs and lows


  4. "PCB/Flex Technologist"

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    Current Employee - PCB/Flex Technologist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - PCB/Flex Technologist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for! Everyone is sharp and dedicated.

    Cons

    Hard to get a promotion

    Advice to Management

    Keep presenting growth opportunities to your employees.


  5. "Nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed environment and good life balance

    Cons

    Limited growth for career opportunities


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    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

  8. "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.


  9. "Extremely talented company to work with"

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    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


  10. "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.


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