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Photonics Industries Reviews

Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A rapidly growing company.
    Good place to learn about interesting technology.
    Great training program.
    Work with knowledgeable people.
    Performance-based bonus

    Cons

    Work under stress sometimes, but this helps enhance your problem solving skills.
    Management should have a better project planning. Don't rush employees to meet tight schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Better project planning


  2. "Terrible, Textbook Example of What Not To Do"

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

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

    Pros

    Paid on time and in the correct amount. Free food occasionally. You can learn slightly more about lasers versus looking them up on-line. Good working relationships between non management staff.

    Cons

    Upper management ignores any issues presented to them
     Company is cheap to an extreme. Tooling will never be ordered and any suggestions that will cost money will be ignored regardless of the amount or effects.
    Management will not cross-train or even provide basic operating principles of the product to engineers.
    Continuous focus on first to market ignoring the need for a complete prototype before shipment.
    Management will attempt to place all issues on the employees not on their own failings (no training, no equipment, no parts etc).
    Compensation is 40-50% lower than the industry average.
    Engineers are also expected to work unpaid/uncompensated overtime while being paid half of what that are worth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to workers not all suggestions are bad. Increase cash compensation by 50%. Increase non cash compensation. Increase training and stop hiding all information as "trade secret" when the opening principles are available on the Internet.
    Company needs to choose what market segments to compete in.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Needs Help"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Photonics Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary is good, Friendly employees.

    Cons

    Bad planning, Work load comes in on short notice and manager rushes everyone to get the work done. Because of bad planning and bad communication everyone is rushed to get the work done and you are asked to come in on weekends to get the work done. The required parts for assemblies are always out of stock, Because of this lasers can't be built on time. Company definitely need more employees. And I don't mean Technicians or Engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to look good with the higher up's. And try to listen to your employees.


  4. "Great company to work at!"

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

    Pros

    great work environment, friendly employees, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    can't really think of any


  5. "Eh"

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

    I have been working at Photonics Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good place to start a career. On the job training. Reasonable salary for starting out. Interesting technology, get to see and do cool stuff.

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Often being asked to come in weekends. Lots of inter-department conflict. Company is trying to grow in too many directions too fast. Lot of employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Poor communication between departments and from managers to employees is a big problem. Very big standardization and timing issues with projects. You seem to be your own worst enemy.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Very Bad"

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    Current Employee - Laser Engineer
    Current Employee - Laser Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for new grads or anyone without a degree.
    you'll obtain a lot of experience in the industry which can be utilized in other companies.
    some good people, but doesnt make any difference to the overall company.

    Cons

    management doesn't listen, look only after themselves, and full of themselves as well.
    CEO doesnt' trust anyone working there, probably the only person he trusts in his wife.
    a lot of suck ups, especially in the management level. acts like daisies in front of the CEO, but acts like they're the bosses behind him.
    Doesn't give people an opportunity when asked for, will keep you in one spot/position as long as you don't complain, that goes for salary as well. it's like a dictatorial hierarchy, everyone except the employees are bosses.
    You're REPLACEABLE, by that guy standing over there on the street corner.

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen. acting nice in front of the CEO is good, but also try to be nice to your employees, as they are the ones that's actually doing the work and the product.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Negative company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ronkonkoma, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    There are some great people working here.

    Cons

    Not the place to work if you have drive and a positive outlook. initiative and doing extra are punished not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Management is only looking to make themselves look good.

  8. "Pleasant enough place to be"

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

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

    Pros

    If you have the emotional energy to put yourself out there, this is a place where you can accelerate your career. There are a lot of opportunities to learn and most everyone is willing to share their knowledge. If you don't have that emotional energy, you can float along quite well as long as you can put in the hours when necessary and understand how to broadcast how indispensable you are. As long as you keep your stake holders well informed, they are very fair and flexible with respect to individual personal or medical situations.

    Cons

    Sometimes they bite off more than they can chew and communication across functional teams can get garbled.

    Advice to Management

    Primarily systematic: improve the flow of information around the company. Also, with a firm this size, every employee serves a critical function. A great deal of the work can be tedious, but if performed incorrectly can cause catastrophic late stage failures. The critical importance and the employees that perform these tasks are often under-valued and are not informed as to how critical their function is to the company.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Training was ok but rushed"

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    Former Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Bohemia, NY
    Former Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Bohemia, NY
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    people are friendly and willing to help

    Cons

    They expect you to know how to do things before you are trained

    Advice to Management

    person training should be focused on one thing and not also be required to do a multitude of other jobs at the same time


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Awful"

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

    I worked at Photonics Industries full-time

    Pros

    There is good interpersonal relationships between employees. Open work environment that is not very that structured. Occasionally provides meals for employees on some occasions.

    Cons

    Poor salaries and growth for most employees. Advancement based on luck, favoritism and race. Management is poor and no experience. Racist hiring process.

    Advice to Management

    Should stop blaming everyone but themselves. Get a fair review and promotion system and be more open and honest. Salaries should match the job, most people are underpaid except for the poor management.


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