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Thorlabs Reviews

Updated January 7, 2018
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Pros
  • Free gym memberships, employee discounts in surrounding stores also NJ Manufacturers Insurance for employees (in 8 reviews)

  • There are other perks, like a free gym membership and corporate discounts (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management allows very unprofessional behavior among its employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Fundamental sexism as there is little to no room for understanding that people have kids (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Place to Learn!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent place to get exposure to the photonics industry.
    Friendly work environment.
    Opportunity to gain experience.
    Excellent focus on customer service!
    Free Gym!
    Casual dress code.
    Great healthcare / 401k plan

    Cons

    Salary benchmarking data should be revisited to confirm that pay is fair.

    Advice to Management

    A possibility of a formal career ladder program?


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Newton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Newton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid company to work for, financially sound, treats employees well- excellent benefits, free gym membership, casual atmosphere and dress code, bonus program. Many employees get promoted from within and have opportunities to learn new things. Very focused on customer happiness.

    Cons

    no stock option program and company should benchmark salaries to see if pay is fair

    Advice to Management

    Keep treating employees well

  3. "OK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thorlabs full-time

    Pros

    Great team of good people to work with.

    Cons

    No flexible schedule allowed by upper management.


  4. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at Thorlabs full-time

    Pros

    Great Company, good learning environment,

    Cons

    Need to train managers, need to train managers


  5. "i love it here"

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

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

    Pros

    very flexible to any personal situations. Holidays off and great benefits

    Cons

    wish pay was more. Other than that not many cons


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sterling, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Smart and friendly people
    -Opportunity to gain experience.
    -Interesting work
    -You will learn a lot

    Cons

    -Management targets individuals that have just been laid off or require H1 visas. They try to hire people at extremely low salaries and provide them false promises that they can be promoted later on.
    -Nobody at Thorlabs has any idea about whats going on. Managers have to balance too may project and cannot focus on releasing quality products.
    -HR doesn't know how to file H1 visas and will mess up your paper work! Employees have fill out all the H1 paper work otherwise they could be deported!
    -Low Pay
    -Terrible Benefits
    -Salary employees have to clock in and out.....What company forces salary employees to do this ===> ONLY THORLABS
    -Management would rather hire new and recent grads rather than grooming and promoting within the company. Absolutely no advancement
    -No work from home, no flex time, no fun

    Advice to Management

    -Stop hiring PHD's and expecting them to be great marketers or managers
    -Acknowledge your employees and reward them when they have made significant accomplishments.
    -Stop paying employees 40% less than of the industry average.
    -Stop forcing engineers to do everything for their product. They should not be writing manuals!


  7. "Relaxed corporate culture in a hectic world."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thorlabs full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere,smaller private company employee driven at times. Good benefits to be had.

    Cons

    Smaller private company, where a lot goes on that probably wouldn't be tolerated in a bigger public organization.

    Advice to Management

    Employee development and attention is key to quality work. Employee training and learning keeps resources focused and intelligent.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Gain experience but move on"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Best reasons to work in this company is their willingness to promote from with in. Good benefits. Free gym. Good hours.

    Cons

    There are many. They promote from within but are completely unwilling to pay for the job you are doing. Sure you get the "title" but what's the title mean when entry level general helpers at the machine shop make as much as those "higher" positions? They loose amazing educated well trained employees because of this. Upper management allows very unprofessional behavior among its employees. I have seen some very nasty behavior and management seems to find it amusing. There are 4 types of employees. Entry level assembly. Good pay for Spanish speaking uneducated assemblers. No need to read in English. It can be faked and is allowed. Good job to keep. Expect to work 50+ hours to pay your bills. Entry level machine shop. Work hard and they move you up, good pay. Good job to keep. Will need to work 50hrs +to make decent money. Entry level employees who work hard with ambition. College educated or not. Use this as experience to find other more well paying jobs. I did. Almost double my Salary at Thor. Again must work overtime to pay your bills. Move on! Engineering positions. Expect to be treated with complete disrespect and do not expect to be paid well. You could design million dollar projects or hardly anything at all. You will get the same raise percentage it simply doesn't matter. And don't expect it to be much. Good job to work for your first year out of college to gain experience and then move on to more well paying jobs. That's the trend in engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees their worth. Sure everyone is replaceable but are you replacing them with the same quality you lost by the poor pay? No. They think they save money with this mentality but end up loosing so much more by replacing these employees with ones who don't care enough to make sure costs stay low, who don't care to fix issues that cost the company money and who don't initiate as many improvements as they can. To busy shopping online. They loose the ones who go above and beyond to help the company grow. What is a promotion in a "title" if you still can't pay your bills. Working in a real company now has made me see how badly this company is run and how they bleed money out with these practices.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Assembly Mechanic"

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

    I have been working at Thorlabs full-time

    Pros

    Great environment with free gym and lots of overtime

    Cons

    Needs better management. There is favoritism.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Thorlabs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thorlabs full-time

    Pros

    great people are working there

    Cons

    pay seems low compared to similar organizations

    Advice to Management

    make an effort for retention and be more flexible to changing the way that business is done


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