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nLIGHT Reviews

Updated November 21, 2018
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  1. "Dynamic Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly exciting technology and challenging projects. Will enable you to expand in your field of expertise. Mgmt encourages lead from anywhere and they mean it.

    Cons

    Not of engineers looking for a relaxed steady state environment. If you are not interested to continuously grow and push yourself, then this is not your place.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage lead from anywhere.


  2. "Decent Entry Level Job"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Specialist in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Quick progression from $13.5 to $15 assuming you pass all your reviews during the first year.

    - Decent health insurance, their regular insurance is about $60 per paycheck and the HSA plan is about $32 per paycheck. If you have the HSA they put in $200 and then do a dollar-to-dollar match for the next $200.

    - 401K with a 40% match for the first 5%

    Cons

    - Advancement and wage increase stagnate after the first year. You get another $0.50 after you're second year.

    - Depending on what you're job it can be difficult to get new skills and learn in other areas because they never make time for you.

    - Favoritism

    - A lot of overtime and mandatory overtime on Saturday

  3. "nLight is a great employers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    People are great, technology is interesting. Fast -paced with good work/life balance

    Cons

    Company is growing at a fast pace so office space can be a little cramped.


  4. "nLite"

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

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    Pay, overtime, condensed schedule, friendly atmosphere, employee development.

    Cons

    Repairs and troubleshooting can be stressful, company misspells names frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Employee names are spelled incorrectly constantly, everywhere from ID badges to meetings. It feels quite disrespectful and lazy. Please fix this.


  5. "Great place to work, for sure"

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    Current Employee - Wafer Fab Operator in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Wafer Fab Operator in Vancouver, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart culture
    Good benefits
    Decent pay to start
    Room to grow
    Flexible schedules
    Understanding supervisors
    No pressure to learn quickly

    Cons

    The initial learning curve is steep but after that it’s very easy
    Some other wafer tech companies start their employees wage higher
    Long hours
    Inside all day
    It’s great though

    Advice to Management

    Develop and share a better career ladder for folks to climb


  6. "Fast growth, somewhat chaotic environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    Good Products with growing market share

    Cons

    Lack of good IT systems support in a rapidly growing environmrnt


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Work here as a last resort."

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    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Vancouver, WA
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Vancouver, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool coworkers.
    I can't think of anything else pleasant about this place.

    Cons

    Bad management and favoritism.
    Terrible communication. You will get angry a lot and won't feel appreciated. If you deal with depression, it will get worse.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Manufacturing Technician"

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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

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

    Pros

    Very interesting work. A wonderful environment to learn new skills and build your resume.

    Cons

    Not a place to build a career. Very poor pay for what is expected. Job expectations far exceed job description. Upper management changes too frequently, makes promises it can't keep and unpredictably demands massive overtime.

    Massive layoffs every few years.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your best people more. The best people will be loyal if you pay them well. Competent people can find work elsewhere. By definition, the lower-level contributors stick around forever.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Best corporate culture I've ever experienced"

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

    I have been working at nLIGHT full-time

    Pros

    The culture at nLIGHT is unlike anything I have ever experienced. Each and every person is passionate about the company's products. There are a lot of very intelligent and talented people who will gladly share their knowledge and experiences with you to help you grow and learn.

    Cons

    I have no cons about this company.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for creating an atmosphere that is conducive to working hard and learning.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Growing company offering a broad range of experience but with limited growth opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and effective contributors on the manufacturing and engineering teams and great company culture. Several areas to gain experience and contribute to the company's fast growth in recent years.

    Cons

    Career development is limited and management is frequently restructured, often limiting visibility of key contributors and causing high turnover rates. This may be because of constant growth where restructuring is necessary and avenues for growth do not yet exist.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the experience and skill set of each employee, provide opportunities for growth within the company, and match them accordingly with their peers to improve morale, boost productivity, preserve job satisfaction, and retain key players in the company's success.