nLIGHT Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2022

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2.9
33%
Recommend to a Friend
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nLIGHT Founder and CEO  Scott Keeney (no image)
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28 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Great people to work with.(in 7 reviews)
  • "They have cool technology, smart employees and are very flexible with schedules(in 3 reviews)
  • "Good benefits matching 401k up 5%(in 3 reviews)
Cons
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to work and develop

    Dec 23, 2021 - Front End Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great people and work environment. Laser technology is exciting and highly technical with lots of interesting challenges and opportunities. Great place to develop wafer fab and optoelectronics experience. While it's listed on nasdaq, still feels quite small and flexible. Not afraid of people who want to innovate and really move the needle. Recognition for good or hard work. Balance of work and life is manageable and flexible. Generally, management values technical advancement and input from technical staff. Get to work in a production line that is open for engineering changes. Upper management aren't afraid to seek input from Lower level staff. Compensation is fair and health benefits are pretty good. Felt largely safe with respect to covid. G

    Cons

    High turnover of production staff makes the environment challenging. High power lasers is a very rapidly changing market meaning that the projects and initiatives change quickly. Not enough pto. Old equipment that needs time to keep working.

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good company, some struggles

    Apr 8, 2022 - Mechanical Engineer I in Camas, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Stock compensation, yearly salary reviews

    Cons

    Some struggles in departments modernizing

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  3. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Run away while you can....

    Mar 17, 2022 - Field Service Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The benefits are okay nothing special. Otherwise there’s nothing really positive about working here.

    Cons

    RUN.... Where do I start? Based off of my experience working here I would say it was miserable, out of all my jobs that I’ve had which is like 8 this would be the worst place I’ve worked at. Unprofessional, and disrespectful. Last minute changes without you knowing, will treat you like a high schooler, literally it seemed like a high school project. The manager was not involved in the team, team lead has a Napoleon complex, talks down to you and treats you like a kid. No training material learn as you go and have to do everything their way otherwise it’s wrong even if there is another way of doing it that’s more effective. No work/life balance.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Do Not Recommend

    Mar 25, 2022 - Manufacturing Specialist II in Camas, WA
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The only pro from them is their spacious break room in their Camas location is top tier. It was the old Sharp back in the 90s. The semi-annual bonus program is okay.

    Cons

    I had a coworker constantly micromanaging me which was the reason why I left. Very low pay. No promises on getting promoted or going up the career path. The 12-hour shifts and getting up at 4 am 3-4 days a week are pretty rough.

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  5. 2.0
    Current Employee

    Afraid of Intelligent Women

    Mar 4, 2022 - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommend
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    Pros

    +Most lower level people are friendly +Fun challenges to solve +Semi-Flexible schedule/location (wfh) with certain positions

    Cons

    -Bad pay -more senior and higher-ups downplay and gaslight your abilities -Only way to get promoted is to work on a "High-Visibility" program regardless of what else you do -Refusal to change/update their processes

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Ok if you really need a job

    Mar 26, 2022 - Engineering in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Decent pay for the work

    Cons

    Really bad middle management. Not good

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  7. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Good people

    Dec 2, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    talent, nice people. Good working environment

    Cons

    Not so good compensation. Too many directions.

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  8. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Pretty Good

    Jun 22, 2021 - Techninician in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Clean company friendly people nice atmosphere

    Cons

    would like more money doesn't pay enough for the living expenses in the area

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Lacks leadership

    May 10, 2021 - MS III in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good benefits matching 401k up 5%

    Cons

    Bullying, double standards depending on what country you come from. You will have to work a lot of overtime. You will get little recognition for your work. Will break you down until you quit. You are under paid and will have no direction for the tasks that are required for this job. It has a quit culture that is driving employees out.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Employee stock purchase

    Jun 12, 2021 - Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Growing with a lot of potential

    Cons

    I didn’t have any complaints

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nLIGHT Reviews FAQs

nLIGHT has an overall rating of 2.9 out of 5, based on over 59 reviews left anonymously by employees. 33% of employees would recommend working at nLIGHT to a friend and 47% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 2% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, nLIGHT employees rate their compensation and benefits as 2.9 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at nLIGHT. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.

33% of nLIGHT employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated nLIGHT 3.0 out of 5 for work life balance, 2.8 for culture and values and 3.3 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at nLIGHT to be benefits, career development, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, culture, management.

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