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A good company that could be great if management didn't take the usual route of overcompensating itself.

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Former Employee - Engineer IV in Orlando, FL (US)
Former Employee - Engineer IV in Orlando, FL (US)

I worked at FLIR

Pros

1) You get your own office (in the Orlando division);
2) You get a lot of responsibility;
3) Stock options for just about everybody (granted, you're not getting thousands of them, but they still hand them out);
4) Employee Stock Purchase Program (ESPP);
5) A modicum of bureaucracy;
6) Flexible hours;
7) Small company feel with big company goals (i.e. ambitious);
8) You can load software onto your computer without IT-department scrutiny.

Cons

1) If your boss is competent, then he or she has to die, quit or retire in order for you to get promoted.
2) Management wants you to do everything and be great at it as an engineer (conceive, design, build, test, transition to manufacturing, produce schedules, manage people, etc.). If you're trying to be great at everything--especially if they aren't interested in it--you'll get people that are average overall when they could, instead, be great at what they enjoy and are good at.
3) You're constantly aware that top-level management has golden parachutes and massive amounts of stock options, all for being no smarter than you are.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start showering everyone with an ample amounts of stock options. It's in your best interest. No one wants to hear how you make family sacrifices for one weekend like everyone else, because you are, in fact, sitting on a mountain of cash.

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    Best place to work in Santa Barbara

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    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Barbara, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Finance in Santa Barbara, CA (US)

    I worked at FLIR

    Pros

    Great group of people. Interesting products and markets.

    Cons

    Different cultures between the different sites sometimes conflict.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is pretty well run.

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    Fast paced challenging environment but beware, you leave work/life balance behind

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FLIR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Total company vision from CEO is excellent. Great products and innovation will keep the company growing! Pay is competitive with market.

    Cons

    With quick changes come challenges supporting the business and uncertainty in what will happen next. Communication of vision is not making it into day to day "running the business" challenges. Everywhere staffing is not at the right level to support the growth, Doing more with less is the common phrase. The Company is focused on stock market results and not it's employees growth or supporting it's employees as it adds more work. Temps or salaried OT seem to be the preference over full time hires to growth support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right people, have professional development plans and set reasonable goals for the teams. Put the same amount of work into the management of the company as is being done with the development of the next product.

    Positive Outlook
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