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Finisar Reviews

Updated August 7, 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 14 reviews)

  • Great company, great work environment (in 12 reviews)

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

  • bad management, slow growth in salary (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. "Test technician"

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    Former Employee - Production Test Technician in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Production Test Technician in Horsham, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay comparative to the industry, interesting product line.

    Cons

    Many levels of management that really don't care about the employees. When they get a big job, they hire, when it's done, they have a mass layoff. Repeat cycle. Finally, they sent all production to their facility in China and laid off almost everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Too many chiefs, not enough Indians.


  4. "Finisar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have nice coworkers there

    Cons

    The company is poorly managed


  5. "Finisar"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot as it was the beginning of my career.

    Cons

    The managers can tend to micromanage.


  6. "Smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Intuitive R&D
    lots of areas to broaden knowledge scope
    Some really great people

    Cons

    Below average pay
    Rough communication that reflects lower pay
    Overworked co-workers

    Advice to Management

    Pay more as a incentive to produce more and hire in quality, not qty.


  7. "Finisar"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment. Good people. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Bad management. No apparent career ladder.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed Bag"

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    Former Employee - Telecom Design Engineer in Horsham, PA
    Former Employee - Telecom Design Engineer in Horsham, PA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary good for the area, RSUs especially nice bonus. Lots of smart people, flexible hours, dynamic work environment

    Cons

    Industry is commoditizing and changing rapidly - this is a double edge sword. Keeps things exciting but can lead to dramatic changes in headcount. Upper management seems to care most about upper management, their sports cars and their yachts

    Advice to Management

    More focus on business, less concern for stock analysts, most of whom dont understand the business anyway


  9. "Great company, great people, filled with lots of brilliant people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good working environment, good benefits

    Cons

    no career development for middle level associates - - Founder very old school


  10. "company"

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

    Pros

    Smart people. New challenges everyday

    Cons

    Raises are worse than the industry stadnards.


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