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Newport Reviews

Updated August 22, 2017
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  • Currently NPO is rife with an abundance of cronyism (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Missed Opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. Good market position

    Cons

    Long product development cycles. Poor market segmentation and product definition. Both of which lead to little differentiation or competitive advantage in the market. R&D markets are slow growth. Never seemed to fully leverage the full value of the acquisitions that they made.

    Advice to Management

    Identify growth markets, crisply define your products and shorten your time to market for new products to improve competitiveness and market share.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Franklin, MA
    Former Employee - Technician in Franklin, MA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management has no idea what is going on. Because of this, people are able to take 2 hour breaks. People don't do anything. It makes for a very stress free work environment.

    Cons

    If you work hard, management won't do anything about it. Salaries are terrible unless you get lucky. The difference in hourly salaries between employees of the same title can vary by $15-$20 an hour. And that difference gets worse when everyone gets the same 3% raise.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Employees Want More"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people I work with.

    Cons

    The pay is low for the work / experience at our site.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Eh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Great People, hard working, focused. Autonomy provided in my role. I have ability to manage my work and adjust as need be.

    Cons

    sames problems arise for years on end. No solutions. Mgmt seems to have an inability to make tough decisions and drive them through execution. Mgmt doesn't pay attention to the details and are often surprised by basics. Dysfunction seems to rule the culture

    Advice to Management

    catchy slogans and acronyms are not a strategy. Easy to see through cheerleading and lack of action.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Approach with caution"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Newport full-time

    Pros

    The corporate building and its assorted groups, excluding the integrated solution business (ISB) group, contains a multitude of smart, intelligent, helpful and genuine people, most of whom who are willing to assistance and collaborate in a sincere effort to improve products, conditions, and profitability.

    Cons

    The ISB group however has difficulty sustaining long term strategist efforts for global improvements as they are forgotten or ignored after the second month of each quarter. Understandably, profitability is paramount to successful businesses unfortunately long term improvements languish. It’s a case of the tail wagging the dog. In addition Newport’s NPO division is best characterized by the existing atmosphere, to quote Al Franklin’s book title, “Lies and the lying liars that tell them”. The management at NPO changes every few years and each new regime brings the baggage of its previous dysfunctionality. The air is one of fear, loathing by employees and outright contempt from its management. Currently NPO is rife with an abundance of cronyism. The NPO engineering staff (not a team) is nothing more than individuals coveting their positions, they are more willing to throw others under the bus than tell the truth or cooperate in a meaningful manor. The behavior exceeds atrocious with no visibility on what others are tasked with negating any form of shared or cooperative intellect. Regardless of your talent, abilities, background, or contributions you’re on your own.
    You bloke’s best bloody believe me; use your crust before you decide to work for the NPO side of the parking lot.

    Advice to Management

    Teams are best when built from the bottom up. In war, in this case the corporate war, good generals are leaders who by word, deed, and actions have the loyalty of the grunts who fight the battles. Those grunts, if empowered, are willing to die for their belief in a leader and a cause that’s well stated and justified. Drive out fear of retribution, involve, engage, encourage and empower your grunts to win your battles. Don’t let moral become an issue with employees that are motivated through fear alone or mere incentives.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering Technician"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Ability to work on laser, mechanical, optical, and electrical assemblies
    Bi-quarterly bonus if production is met
    Vacation and sick time

    Cons

    Poor training on laser, mechanical, optical, and electrical assemblies
    Bi-quarterly bonus is used as leverage against Direct Labor
    Vacation can be denied if the approving supervisor feels so

    Advice to Management

    ISB/OEM DEVISION:

    Direct Labor is pushed mercilessly to produce revenue regardless of repetitive short-comings noted by the procurement process and production processes of the company. The concept of level loading is lost and replaced by last minute parts in to rush out ideology for completing assemblies. A primary majority and strain/stress is placed on the hourly technicians to constantly achieve in fear of a lay-off. Supervisors carry a very negative attitude about employee value.

    The stressful environment makes way for cut-throat behavior, favoritism, bullying, and the formation of tight knit groups of people not accepting “outsiders” into the fold. The proper environment consisting of a nurturing or nourishing atmosphere is lost on un-backed name dropped versions of the word teamwork.

    No proper employee training is firmly ingrained in the company’s processes. Rather, a deficient grandfathering and tribal knowledge based culture is passed down relying wholly on the demeanor of the employee doing the training and how they perceive the person being trained. This is followed by doctored training history paperwork used to show the disconnected upper management that everything is running smoothly and sufficiently.

    Those who work hard are given the most work to do and carry with lack of compensation or gratitude. The outlook becomes an expectation of a hardworking employee to maintain the overachieving level of standard rather than rewarding an employee's achievements and leveling workload among other employees.

    Direct Labor works the hardest and gets laid of the quickest at this company. The ratio of upper management/salaried employees to direct labor is astonishing. The company boasts the “Too many chiefs, and not enough Indians” belief whole-heartedly. Proper lower level structure is lost on the belief that a disconnected associate of upper management can oversee everything beneath them without flaw.

    The company prides itself on the lack luster assumption that the STEP process is utilized within it. The “P” in STEP stands for personnel development. You may as well forget about that if you choose to work here. You can/may/will develop yourself, but through no help of the company. The below average rate of pay leaves compensation a joke, and makes advancement in the company stagnant. The opportunity to renegotiate a salary is lost on dis-appreciation carried by upper management and the disconnect with valuing what an employee actually endures each day.

    I don’t recommend this department for choice of work, unless you fit unspoken, age/race/body type specifications.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Declining morale"

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

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

    Pros

    Many of the people are good at their jobs.

    Cons

    The leadership are out of touch and don't walk their talk. It's all about the stockholders and the people come dead last.

    Advice to Management

    Walk a mile in your employee's shoes just for a day. You are out of touch. All talk and no walk breeds cynicism and people's morale is tanking.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Product specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great place to work, great friendly people

    Cons

    wages are low relative to the OC area


  9. Helpful (3)

    "All about the money"

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401 K Match is above average. They pay you. Have a nice HR department. Free instant coffee water. Easy to be the smartest person in the room.

    Cons

    No options for personal growth, if you are liked by your manager they can decide to stagnate your growth for their own personal gains. Middle management is incompetent and should be fired. No interpersonal skills from all of the managers. Favoritism is more important than individual performance. Lacking in proper structure and rules are not enforced. Product design is inferior and not worth the prices. Corporate mission is to buy companies and send product overseas to maximize their profit margins. Will close a product line if profit margins are to low.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be treated as an investment not a cost figure. If silicon valley is to expensive move the company to another state to improve your profit margins. Moving a product overseas is the worst idea I have seen yet from upper management due to the complexity of some of these products.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing"

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

    I worked at Newport full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and compensation. Internal training and cross training. Casual dress code. Flexibility with regard to meal breaks and shift start and finish times.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment with regard to promotion policies. Favoritism. Unfair review and disciplinary practices. Some employees held to stricter standards than others. Lay offs usually restricted to hourly workers. Salaried employees got to keep their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the people more than profit and maybe you'll have more loyal and happier employees.


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