Finisar Reviews | Glassdoor

Finisar Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
128 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Finisar CEO Michael Hurlston
Michael Hurlston
6 Ratings

128 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

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

  • "bad management, slow growth in salary" (in 5 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (2)

    "design engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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. "R&D engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    you get lots of time to improve yourself

    Cons

    everyone is old and they value personal relationship over professional

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Used to be a great comany"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flex time, great compensation, easy going atmosphere, great professional people

    Cons

    company restructuring, no path to be promoted, everybody gets the same raises, moving jobs overseas, hiring 30% more people and laying off senior stuff

    Advice to Management

    start appreciating people


  4. "Once great, will die. Fast changing industry, Finisar is too ingrained in the old way"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once a friendly atmosphere. Company used to be the market share leader but is no more.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Some of these Cons are just due to the nature of this industry. There is a rapidly growing transceiver business (Finisar's lifeblood) in China from companies like Innolight which will create enormous pain for Finisar. Finisar also operates in China, but maintains a bloated and highly paid presence in the bay area. There is essentially no reason to keep the bay area facilities operating. The Sunnyvale site is just a place for the executives to sit. There are some (~ 30-40) talented design engineers and testing folks, but this need not be in Sunnyvale. The Fremont sites are just laser fabs, which can, should and will eventually be moved to a cheaper area of the USA or Asia. Basically, the bottom line is that a company like Finisar cannot attract talent or maintain talent in the bay area simply because it cannot pay to.

    Finisar has some excitement left due to their VCSEL growth. But this is in TX, where it should be. But even this will have pain once VCSELs become commoditized. Then Finisar will be left with an empty expensive fab in TX.

    Advice to Management

    Go ahead and bite the bullet and shut down the Sunnyvale site so you can survive. Design and testing can just as easily be done in China, Sherman, or where ever. If the execs want to remain in Si Valley, just rent a 2000 sqft office space somewhere.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "used to be a great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    used to be a great company

    Cons

    jump on too many project. Attitude towards people changed

    Advice to Management

    provide path to growth and do not just give everyone the same raise every year


  6. "Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    Friendly Clean Managemen tFun work place Appreciated

    Cons

    None None None None None


  7. "Good company with room for improvements"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Lead Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive environment, interesting projects. Engineers are very well trained and in general they have experience. Good balance work/life. Overall positive rating.

    Cons

    Nothing relevant to report at this stage. Perhaps faster execution would the financial results. Not easy to implement due to the numerous projects to follow.

    Advice to Management

    Define clear for employees’s career progression.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Never an employee"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I never worked for Finisar.

    Cons

    I want to keep this as neutral as possible while still offering a caution. I never worked for Finisar. They had made me a written offer and I had given a written acceptance. Five days later they revoked the offer with no explanation. I strongly caution any applicant not to put in notice at their current employer until the last possible opportunity.


  9. "Good company, limited opportunities, flexibility"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good pay scales. Mostly friendly people. Fair judge of work being done. Reasonable work load.

    Cons

    No indirect procurement organization in US (manager was a technical director). Job focused on tactical operations versus any strategic overview. No work schedule flexibility at all (mandatory 8 - 5). Not realistic in Silicon Valley.

    Advice to Management

    Management should look to put in local support of indirect procurement staff. Management should also allow employees some amount of schedule flexibility (ie, leave at 4:30 at times to pick up kids).


  10. "PE"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    workers are nice. kind of stable

    Cons

    old style and it is not very fair to new graduated people


Showing 128 of 149 reviews
Reset Filters