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  1. "Good for manager track careers. Not Engineers."

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

    Pros

    Great leadership. Lots of hard working competent engineers, marketers, and managers. Not a place for lackluster performance or big egos.

    Cons

    Lots of managers. It's not a great place for innovative engineers -- nothing technically exciting on the 5 year plan. But probably decent for those working into management roles. Cross-company team integration is a persistent void. Pockets of business units exist within themselves and can go years without interacting or feeling connected with other ones.

    Advice to Management

    Micro-team success is to be celebrated, but resist letting the in-group/out-group dynamics infect the culture.


  2. "Manufacturing Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great. There are opportunities for growth and learning.

    Cons

    The pay could be better. Employees are "spread thin" and asked to perform several different functions.

    Advice to Management

    Implement more structure and standardization across the entire company. Invest more in IT.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Look someplace else"

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

    Pros

    the actual working people, they know what has to be done.

    Cons

    no mention of layoff 60+ people in January because of very poor sales

    Advice to Management

    Why layoff production workers? should of gotten ride of the sales people for not doing there job.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Cool technology"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have cool technology, smart employees and are very flexible with schedules - great for folks with families.

    Cons

    While the technology is really awesome, the employees are smart and the schedules flexible at times the overall strategic vision and direction of the company is unclear.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting innovation and hiring smart people, and work to clearly communicate company vision and direction.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company that's growing"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Technician in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly, down to earth, strong products with an unlimited growth, professional, scientific and creative. One of the best places to work in Vancouver.

    Cons

    Large turnover at times because pay isn't what some other companies provide. Some new members try to hard to change systems that weren't necessarily broken.

    Advice to Management

    Do more for the quality employees you have, hold accountable the people that aren't doing their job and continue to develop and nurture a positive corporate environment.


  6. "Operator 1"

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

    Pros

    co-workers are supportive, superiors have extensive experience in management.

    Cons

    should install a fool-proof system

    Advice to Management

    since workers are the end users, they probably would have good suggestions on how to improve the system.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative intern"

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

    Pros

    A really interesting place to work at, as it's vertically integrated. They gave a tour of the labs, which was really cool

    Cons

    It's not the most exciting place to be in...at least for an intern. Things seemed a bit bureaucratic, and it was hard to see how the entire company functioned.

    Advice to Management

    Scott Keeney is a cool guy, very smart

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great leading edge technology, but senior leaders are in over their heads"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The technology is amazing. There is a lot of market potential.

    Cons

    Senior management is clueless. HR is poor. Morale is low and no trust in leadership anymore. Need to clean house.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs help in learning how to lead. Stop the excessive turnover in the plant management. Replace HR.


  9. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at nLIGHT (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for rapid growth in fiber lasers
    One of the few Portland area companies that has a good shot at an IPO
    Strong opportunity to learn and grow witth company growth

    Cons

    Hard work -- very technical
    Management has at times been slow to weed out weak people

    Advice to Management

    continue to support growth


  10. Helpful (6)

    "So happy i left"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hillsboro, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Work with latest and greatest technology. The work can be very interesting.

    Cons

    Management at this company sucks. I seen a new plant manager about every year. The dilbert princple is alive and well here. Operators who knew absolutly nothing were promoted to supervisors, supervising people with more education and experience. I was an absolte joke having people be your boss who lacked the intelectual capacity to even understand what your job function was. You can imagine how flustrating it was being in a situation where a person who was 50 years old and had no real life work experience was bossing people who had been in the industry for 10-20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real supervisors and mangers who know what they are doing and stop trying to save a few bucks hiring nannys. It is very disrespecful to employees and working professionals being bossed around by the least qualified person on the property.


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