Opnext Reviews

Updated 21 September 2014
Updated 21 September 2014
9 Reviews
2.8
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Positive experience ... salaries are not great though...

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    more freedom to work on something I like

    Cons

    lower salaries compared to other silicon valley companies

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Watch for margins

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Fremont, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    It needs to improve margins

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on things that make money

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Quality Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA (US)

    I worked at Opnext full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Experienced and skilled people to work with

    Cons

    Fiber optics market is tough

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    OKay Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opnext full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours and flexible work hours

    Cons

    No career growth and directions from senior management is often unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to delegate decision making further down the management chain of control

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    System Optical Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Design Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Design Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Opnext full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Engineers are allowed to express their creativity

    Cons

    Not the market leader in their field

  7.  

    Poor performing upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Opnext

    Pros

    Great group of skilled engineers

    Cons

    Inability of upper management to define a clear strategy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to new Oclaro mgmt- provide a clear vision and product direction to business development and engineering team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much politics, not enough focus on bottom line improvement & individual & organizational performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I worked at Opnext

    Pros

    Technology leadership in optical networking gave them the edge in recruiting & retaining key talent. They offer an end-to-end solution from component to line cards, pushing the edge of possibilities in optical networking.

    Cons

    Lack of strategic vision. Inability to effectively communicate and execute organizational goals. Doesn't hold leaders or individual contributors accountable for performance and promotes incompetent performers to leadership positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listening to brown nosers will eventually result in what it smells like... Focus on results, not politics and the company could be a market leader again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Top Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Los Gatos, CA (US)

    I have been working at Opnext

    Pros

    It was great and declined, unskillful technical management

    Cons

    Need a job, poor management technical skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hand on on issues and long term strategy

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    This company is in big trouble

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in San Jose, CA (US)

    I have been working at Opnext

    Pros

    Working on cutting edge optical technology is a challenge and a lot of fun. Small company atmosphere makes it easy to learn about many aspects of the business.

    Cons

    Business model is not good. Margins are bad. Competition is intense. Losing market share. Japan-USA tensions are high and cooperation is almost non-existent, if not hostile.

    I don't see this company being one of the winners in the coming optical component consolidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to make high-performing employees want to stay.
    Find a way to differentiate the products from the competition.
    Hold sales team accountable for their targets.
    Fix the Japan-USA rift or else close down one of the sites.
    Do you really need an office in NJ?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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