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Found 66 of over 72 reviews
2.8
32% Recommend to a Friend
44% Approve of CEO

Found 66 of over 72 reviews

2.8
32%
Recommend to a Friend
44%
Approve of CEO
nLIGHT Founder and CEO  Scott Keeney (no image)
Scott Keeney
36 Ratings

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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Good opportunity

    May 15, 2023 - Manufacturing Technician in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Many shifts to choose from, overtime available at your choice with good compensation, benefits are good, management is fair and available, production is expected but never micromanaged.

    Cons

    All around good place to work.

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    nLIGHT: great potential, but now in decline

    May 4, 2023 - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    n LIGHT has a lot of smart people, had the potential for interesting work.

    Cons

    I started thinking I could maybe retire from nLIGHT. Quickly learned that all the managers are engineers with poor management experience. They hired me because of outside/ different experience. I was lauded for a few unique contributions/ way of developing…. Only to be reprimanded for not doing the things the way they do.. There is no broad picture, just focused on the monitors, to their determinant.

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  4. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Micromanaging CEO with toxic culture all around.

    Apr 18, 2023 -  in Camas, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Well, the Camas facility is near a big neighborhood, so if you live around there, the commute is probably really nice....... yep, that's about it for pros.

    Cons

    Massive toxic environment. "College" attitude around the working area of groups. With cliques and groups of people that stick together. Upper employees (CEO, CFO, etc.) don't care about people on the floors below them. I have never seen a more micromanaging CEO. Growth really isn't hear, unless you literally start at an entry level position, or WANT to get in the "ol boys club" upstairs. I would be surprised if this company doesn't get sold or go under in the next 10 years.

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    1 Star 100%

    Jan 24, 2023 - Manufacturing Specialist in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Good pay if you're really needing it. Cool work, I liked the atmosphere of building spirals by myself with very little interruptions, it was nice being able to listen to things on my phone while building. MOSTLY nice people, but you really have to dig deep for them

    Cons

    Clique type of environment, the people closest to management get raises over others who deserve it. Constantly feels like you're in competition with touch times, if you beat certain people in your touch time, they'll resent you forever but act fake to your face. Lots of gossip, microaggression and micromanagement. More than less of employees take 1 hour long 15min breaks, but if you go to the bathroom for too long they may have something to say or may count your bathroom breaks. They constantly add numbers onto your outs towards the end of week creating overtime. When you ask for overtime, don't be surprised if you get told no but see certain people be told yes. Management is the worst and very scared of change, and don't like being questioned about anything. Very little room to grow at this company. CEOs are very very rude.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great intentions; immature management

    Apr 22, 2023 - Technician in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Everyone is helpful and generally productive

    Cons

    Handful of pessimistic players and poorly managed. No sense of teamwork.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Average company - Great Engineers

    May 4, 2023 - Sr Process Engineer in Vancouver, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great Engineers that are moving LASERS to the future.

    Cons

    Average Management, which hinder the company's progress

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great company with many opportunities for growth

    Feb 5, 2023 - Sr. Mechanical Engineer in Camas, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Working with very talented and smart engineers

    Cons

    Not completing projects and changing direction before full implementation

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Suck up to the CEO, or be gone

    Nov 30, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cool technology, great people. Hmm

    Cons

    Horrible culture, forget work life balance, no recognition. Old white men club, stuck up in 50’s era. Unless you’re in sales or part of the club you don’t matter.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  10. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work

    Dec 12, 2022 - Equipment Technician in Camas, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment. Everyone helps everyone

    Cons

    salary is not very competitive comparing to other companies in the area.

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  11. 1.0
    Former Employee

    nLIGHT

    Dec 5, 2022 - N|A 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    not many pros for this company, it's a stepping stone to your next opportunity.

    Cons

    horrible benefits, internal communication, lay offs, pay is much lower than average.

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nLIGHT has an overall rating of 2.8 out of 5, based on over 72 reviews left anonymously by employees. 32% of employees would recommend working at nLIGHT to a friend and 38% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -9% 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 decreased by -5% over the last 12 months.

32% 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 2.9 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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