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Updated February 1, 2017
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  1. "Absence of Management"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Newport full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Company Potential. Some of the highest paid employees squander their time doing wasteful activities. Watching Youtube and texting all day long while everyone else works their butt off. And then start working when everyone else is going home for 2 hrs OT. Very efficient. The manager must be blind because he sits in front of him. Another guy works 12 hrs talks for the first 2 hrs takes 2 lunch breaks and stops working 1 1/2 hr before going home. Another old man comes in very early 4 hrs before management comes in and doesn't work. The 2nd shift is a damn joke. there is no supervisor, guys are taking off during work and getting OT. It's like a Casino at night. A lot of gambling. I'm surprised that they still make profit. Employees stage work for OVERTIME. Managers and supervisors are way too passive. The lead is the only one not afraid to confront these guys without backing down and set them straight. He can be a bit too intense though.

    Cons

    Full of Prima Donna (NPO)

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls! Don't be afraid, they're your subordinates.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Newport Partners Not a happy place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Small office, friendly co workers, relatively flexible hours, lax dress code, good location close to freeway, provides healthcare benefits but passes on cost to employee

    Cons

    Management does not seem to know what people are doing or responsible for. Lack of communication between senior and asset managers, senior manager likes to scream and make emotional rants at certain individuals, pay is low and benefits minimal. Work load high. A confused place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Management is not willing to develop people and appears not to value them. There is no culture or value other than to make senior management more money. Lots of turnover is not a good thing maybe problem with them


  3. Helpful (2)

    "This place hired me under false pretenses."

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good legacy in their catalog. But not much else.

    Cons

    I came on board to work on what they claimed was the biggest program in their history.

    It was less than 20 million dollars.

    They did not even have a PO signed.

     The majority of the coworkers I worked with were in the same boat. No one in the main building would support our efforts. Most believed the program would not last.

    That changed the moment a PO was signed. Suddenly all the tenured vultures and weasels wanted in. I watched one guy who’d worked his butt off and do great work get all the credit for his work accomplishments handed to someone else and fired. I hope he sued. I would have.

    They hired a bunch of people to bloat their headcount only to make the customer think they were serious about delivering on what was promised.

     The moment a contract was signed the schedule promised went out the window and costs shot up and they fired or purged most of the people they originally hired for the program.

    Not surprisingly within a year the customer dropped Newport for someone else who under promised and over delivered.

    But at the first sign of trouble the tenured vultures and weasels jumped ship and left all the temps and new hires to fend for themselves on a doomed program. The temps and new hires are the only ones who do any real work at Newport anyway but it was too late for them to do any good on the program. When the program got lost they were the ones who lost their jobs, not the unproductive, protected, garbage who drove the program into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everybody and start over. Or just lock the doors and go home.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worst career move ever!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They'll throw money at you to entice you. Their benefits and bonus structure looks very inviting on paper. They do have a quantum of honesty during the interview process. Typically in the form of a question that goes along the lines of: "How do you feel about working with a bunch of jerks?" Do not mistake this for a joke.

    Like anything in life, there are diamonds in the rough. There are a some there with great technical talent who are also wonderful human beings.

    Cons

    The most dysfunctional organization I've ever seen rife with hostility, and harassment. Sink or swim ethics. Talented people being fired over personality mismatch and not actual performance. Complete technical dishonesty from senior management when dealing with customers. They will lie about cost and schedule then drive both up once they have a PO in hand. They will treat your organization the way a big company like Lockheed or Boeing treat the government in terms of cost and schedule. But unlike the government your company doesn't have an unlimited supply of money. They offer absolutely no return on investment. Their facilities are vermin infested. Expect ants to invade your desk and to find rodent feces in your cabinets and shelves. A lot of the senior staff don't do any work. The workload gets dumped on new hires and contractors, many of whom are pushed out or leave within a year. There is extremely high turnover. If they seem desperate to hire you, run away as fast as you can.

    Advice to Management

    Start with a clean slate. Have senior directors who actually manage. Topple all the little kingdoms and depose the Junta made up of lower level staff who seem to run the place. Its really embarrassing that this organization drives off very strong technical talent over the word of a few who in many cases don't even have the dignity of an engineering degree. Because of them the organization is hemorrhaging talent, customers and earning a reputation in the industry that isn't flattering.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Difficult"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Newport products are critical part of research and high tech equipment advances in Microelectronics, Defense, Astronomy, and Life and Health Sciences. Competitive pay and good benefits.

    Cons

    Very fragmented company structure. Management makes decisions based on what will help them achieve their near term objectives for their department/division, not based on what is in the best interest of the customers, employees or long term interest of the share holders and company at large. Little, to no, accountability for failure to meet commitments. There are some very dedicated employees that carry the weight and step in and perform the tasks of others, but even they cannot compensate for the poor day to day management and lack of effort to improve systems, efficiencies, processes and service.

    Advice to Management

    Look at solving systemic issues. So many resources are involved in reactive "firefighting" that nobody can or will take the time to investigate, identify the root cause, and put the issus to rest, especially because it involves so many different divisions that do not cooperate well.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Poor leadership, the General Manager is running the division as though it is a separate entity from the corporation."

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits package for a position with Newport is fairly decent with the company covering 80% of Medical insurance. There is also 401K matching and profit sharing available.

    Cons

    The Sales group has been a revolving door for almost 5 years. This is due to several reasons, mostly because the GM, who is a micro-manager, is unable to articulate the exact requirements for what he would consider success. There are little to no systems in place to help achieve any goals that would be set either. The GM has no experience in sales and is unable to comprehend or appreciate the value of a qualified sales rep.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the General Manager from his position and you should see at least a 10 to 15% growth in sales! The replacement leader should embrace the Newport Corporate name and leverage this to gain access to accounts globally.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "A good place to work if you are a director or above"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only thing that is a pro is that the company serves the industry that may not directly tie into mainstream, so does not have an affect on the recent economic downturn.
    There is no other pros

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. Company is really focus on making upper managment and executives richer. Very low incentives for employees. No cross training and no mentoring environment to encourage growth and promotion

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on fostering growth and mentoring of existing talent pool


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Not a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great colleagues, not sure what else to say... Was not a pleasant experience at this company. they really jaded me as a person.

    Cons

    Too many hidden agendas. Management plays favorites... l I'll like I said before, it made me very jaded...

    Advice to Management

    Just be honest, treat your employees better... If they work their hardest for you, PAY them ehat they are worth! Quarterly revenue means nothing if you have disgruntled workers who won't produce.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Would look elsewhere for advancement"

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401 K matching is good. Wide variety of products, Once you find a connection at another site they tend to be helpful.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, mediocre health plan for a company of its size. Micromanaged from the CEO down. No clear picture as to the direction the company is going in. ESOP and Option Grants are all but unheard of at any level below director.

    Advice to Management

    No brand recognition as Newport,, Spectra-Physics div is the rogue elephant, a shell of what it once was. Management needs to leverage the the whole of Newport and act as one company. The reputation in the field is suffering. Time for some changed in the old boy network across all the divisions.


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