Newport Reviews

Updated 12 October 2014
Updated 12 October 2014
26 Reviews
2.7
26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Product specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newport full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    great place to work, great friendly people

    Cons

    wages are low relative to the OC area

  2.  

    Great experience in a well-balanced work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Newport part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You work with interesting applications.
    The people are very kind and accommodating, and there is very little workplace drama.
    It is situated near many good lunch restaurants.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are no leads on a project.
    It can be hard getting what you need to finish a task.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    All about the money

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    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA (US)
    Current Employee - LASER TECHNICIAN in Santa Clarita, CA (US)

    I have been working at Newport full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    401 K Match is above average. They pay you. Have a nice HR department. Free instant coffee water. Easy to be the smartest person in the room.

    Cons

    No options for personal growth, if you are liked by your manager they can decide to stagnate your growth for their own personal gains. Middle management is incompetent and should be fired. No interpersonal skills from all of the managers. Favoritism is more important than individual performance. Lacking in proper structure and rules are not enforced. Product design is inferior and not worth the prices. Corporate mission is to buy companies and send product overseas to maximize their profit margins. Will close a product line if profit margins are to low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be treated as an investment not a cost figure. If silicon valley is to expensive move the company to another state to improve your profit margins. Moving a product overseas is the worst idea I have seen yet from upper management due to the complexity of some of these products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice size company, with good product and industry diversity.

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Longmont, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Longmont, CO (US)

    I worked at Newport full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Newport is involved in many different industries, and offers diverse opportunities for different disciplines. The leadership is always looking toward future growth and expansion.

    Cons

    Since some of the markets Newport serves are cyclical or volatile, some divisions or positions can be vulnerable to market trends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A great company with lots of potentials, but lacks good management to thrive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Newport full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Industrial leader in many advanced technologies.
    Lots of experts with many years of experience that are willing to teach.
    Relax working atmospheres on most days. Good balance between work and personal life.
    Competitive 401K matching.

    Cons

    20% of the employees accomplish 80% of the work.
    Divisions do not easily share resources due to conflict of interests.
    Very little room for career advancement.
    Below market average in terms of compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many mid-level managers. Set long term goals instead of focusing on short term profit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive benefits and compensation. Internal training and cross training. Casual dress code. Flexibility with regard to meal breaks and shift start and finish times.

    Cons

    Preferential treatment with regard to promotion policies. Favoritism. Unfair review and disciplinary practices. Some employees held to stricter standards than others. Lay offs usually restricted to hourly workers. Salaried employees got to keep their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the people more than profit and maybe you'll have more loyal and happier employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A company with no strategy, struggling to remake it's identity, poor prospects for organic growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits package is good and competitive with other companes

    Cons

    Company is acting more like a holding company than a cohesive business. Poor integration of recent acquisitions particularly in creating a coordinated sales force. Overlapping product lines and internal competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a 5 year plan and implement it, focus on core competencies,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Maybe a good place to work, depends on which div and re-org one works under; don't expect loyalty.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I worked at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Free coffee. On-site cafeteria. Pay & severance policy are reasonable. 401k match, health benefits, life & long-term disability insurance are good. 10 holidays per year; good vacation plan for tenured employees, if one can survive. NPO’s Optical Manufacturing Engineering department has strong leadership and skilled engineers. Some technicians are highly skilled.

    Cons

    The NPO division reorganizes management about every 5 years, currently suffers from nepotism, and is a hostile work environment for those that are not friends or relatives of its management. Optical fab dept management and coating dept technical leadership lack interpersonal skills and practical working knowledge of English; their written communication skills leave one trying to interpret the gist of messages, except the thinly veiled attempts of public humiliation. Experienced techs (not family or old friends of management) are treated with little respect and are in constant fear of being written up or let go. Dedicated & qualified managers, support staff, and techs have been discarded while others remain who destroy morale and poison the well; the "good old boy network" is alive and well in NPO. Little investment in modernizing old equipment. Irvine is an expensive city to live in and is difficult to commute to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire & promote leaders that have succeeded in prior businesses. Putting those in charge who have already failed a couple times does not inspire confidence with the workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company with room for advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Newport full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, room to grow, great co-workers.

    Cons

    Sometimes upper management hears only what they want and does not listen to the employee who actually knows the situation on the ground.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Procurement
    Former Employee - Procurement

    I worked at Newport full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, culture and work environment.

    Cons

    Change is the name of the game.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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