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Finisar Reviews

Updated August 3, 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 13 reviews)

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

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

  • Work culture is not very globalized (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Extremely talented company to work with"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Work at ipoh"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. "One of the Best in Bay Area"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Sr. pcb design south bay area"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  5. "Pretty good experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Finisar as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pays well. Lots to do, variety of work.

    Cons

    Probably not the best culture or atmosphere. There are nice people in the company willing to help you out, but some of the office politics and grudges people have are silly

    Advice to Management

    Be more organized in delegating tasks, and be more specific on the particular tasks


  6. "Good for experience"

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    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Finisar as an intern

    Pros

    Good experience, very close knit company.

    Cons

    Not much wage raises, projects can seem vague.


  7. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    good people, good focus, great product

    Cons

    Sometimes too much work at once

  8. Helpful (3)

    "IC Design Engineer-Excellent place to work for"

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    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer
    Current Employee - IC Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    -Good work life balance (but of course depends on which manager you are working under)
    -Takes good care of the (good) employees
    -Tries best not to layoff even in the most stressful economic condition
    -Good friendly people to work with
    -Managers have good foresight to make the right decision

    Cons

    -Need to invest more in R& D to cope up with the market, since the only to survive in this competitive business is to innovate
    -Need to invest more in advertisement of the group. This can be by publication/participating/sponsoring more in the technical conferences/journals, building investor relationship with good research groups in top Universities and booths in career fairs.
    -Need to invest more in technologies rather than just stick to a fixed technology.
    - Should have more training programs for effective knowledge sharing

    Advice to Management

    Please invest more in R& D is critical sectors. Look at the competitive companies and you will know why!


  9. "A good place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Finisar full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work and my team is really friendly.

    Cons

    The process is a little bit lengthy.


  10. "Great place to work, family friendly, and employees respect each other."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Test Development Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Finisar has a great culture and friendly atmosphere. Stepping through the doors to go to work is always a pleasant experience. There are some politics, as with any office, but it is kept to a minimum and doesn't really affect your day-to-day.

    Cons

    Due to security, Internet is severely locked down. Accessing personal email is harder than it should be, and some sites are blocked altogether. You are also forced to use older versions of Internet Explorer, for security, which renders most websites incorrectly and some won't even show content.


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