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IPG Photonics Reviews

Updated April 23, 2019
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IPG Photonics Chairman and CEO Valentin P. Gapontsev
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  • "Good benefits, performance based raises and bonuses, stock options" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Great place to learn and gain valuable experience" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IPG Photonics part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working Environment was Friendly.
    Collaborative Effort

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to share.


  2. "Good pay, poorly organized"

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    Current Employee - R & D Technician in Oxford, MA
    Current Employee - R & D Technician in Oxford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and the benefits are competitive

    Cons

    There is no clear cut way to move up in the company. There is way too many managers and not enough team work through out the company. It’s made up of a bunch of small pods that are all competing against one another

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to communicate amongst each other

  3. "A good first job experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly

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

    Pros

    Individual projects, some friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Formal office banter, no welcome meeting or introduction to coworkers/management


  4. "Positive"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I worked at IPG Photonics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are very friendly and the company is financially quite stable

    Cons

    Process is slow. That's it


  5. "Good labs, frustrating upper management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    working in any of the manufacturing labs is great: fun, intelligent people who work hard when needed, but can laugh and enjoy themselves as well. local leadership is fantastic

    Cons

    Upper management makes bizarre, frustrating changes that don't make sense to most of the engineering staff. None of the decisions are explained to engineering /technical staff


  6. "Avoid at all costs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of a single pro.

    Cons

    The most chaotic and nonsensical place I've ever worked.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Where your soul goes to die"

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Oxford, MA
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Oxford, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting your foot in the door to manufacturing and assembly work. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Cheap pay, lack of work. Forced mandatory overtime when short staffed/backed up on production. Abnormal work scheduling. Inability to move out of section. You will not be learning new skills or be cross trained. You are essentially taught one thing and are trapped there. People who complain or don't want to do their work get away with everything. Whereas reliable workers are taken advantaged of.

    Advice to Management

    I think you should recognize those who do well and offer more opportunities for growth and should reprimand those who clearly are there just to waste time and get paid.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Be careful at IPG Photonics !"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good healthcare and paid time off and the pay is okay 9 times out of 10 there is overtime is available.

    Cons

    This is for the newer IPG Photonics facility in Marlborough, MA, I can't really say much about they're Oxford, MA location I haven't worked there. A lot of corruption in their management, forced arbitration ( well they say it's optional arbitration but that's if you want to opt out of getting your company profit sharing check). They're also very wishy-washy when you ask them about the profit-sharing they say they don't do a profit sharing they do an annual bonus when you ask him about the annual bonus they say they don't do an annual bonus they do profit sharing. They also have Unwritten policies and I handbook that you would never know until they affect you, for example they don't tell you that if you have any HR altercations then you do not get a profit sharing check you find that out when everyone else gets their profit sharing check and you don't get one. They stopped helping the US economy. I have been with this company for a long time and in that time span we have always got our frames for our systems from US machine shops, well to save a dollar and ramp up their production they have been getting all of their frames for their machines from China. The group leaders and managers also pick favorites and in a small company that would be one thing but this is a pretty big company to be picking favorites. With all that being said this is not the worst place I've worked for but it is certainly one of the most unethical and unprofessional places that I have worked at and I would not recommend this company or at least the Marlborough facility for employment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop picking favorites of the most corrupt workers you have and be a little more honest.


  9. "Fast paced environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPG Photonics full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, performance based raises and bonuses, stock options.

    Cons

    The company grew very quickly and is adjusting to being run as a company of its size should rather than as a smaller company. Very top heavy management structure.

    Advice to Management

    Headed in the right direction.


  10. "I love it here... so much potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IPG Photonics full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities for my ideas and suggestions to be heard, flexible work arrangements, different projects to work on between groups, company is growing and doing very well, managers support and encourage employee development.

    The benefits package is extremely competitive as well as compensation. The pay is generous and there is room for bonus and overtime pay as well.

    Cons

    I can't think of any cons to share.