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nLIGHT Reviews

Updated March 27, 2018
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  1. 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.


  2. "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

  3. "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


  4. "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.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  6. 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.


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cool technology"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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