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About the company

  • Founded
  • Company size
    501 to 1,000
  • Revenue
    $100M to $500M (USD)
  • Industry
  • Headquarters
    5408 NE 88th Street Vanc...
  • Link
    nLIGHT website
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Manufacturing Specialist II in Vancouver, WA
on April 3, 2022
They'll fire you for the smallest thing that everyone else gets away with if they don't like you. The people are great, but management is hired from within and is pretty subpar across the board. Diversity promotions in management, not skill-based, are pretty much the standard. Safety reviews of stations and equipment often lead to nothing, as management doesn't want to spend the money/risk downtime for ergonomics. They also say there is no mandatory OT, but that's a blatant lie. They make Saturdays mandatory if even one group is falling behind. If they think you're slacking off at all, they'll target you for safety violations and will start breathing down your neck. The engineers look down on ops as inferior and stupid, they will baby you even if you've been working with the station longer than they have. Tooling recommendations are ignored if you're ops and if you know and voice what will work for you and your station, they'll still ignore it. On the bright side, you can get lunch delivered on weekdays. The cost of the food is taken out of your check, but they pay for delivery fees, etc. That's about the only benefit, to be honest. The people are generally amicable. If you can't be at work at 06:00 every weekday and most Saturdays, don't even think about it.
Manufacturing Specialist in Vancouver, WA
on July 27, 2022
There is a great culture among the lower level employees, however this is about the only positive view I have on this company. Management tends to show a disregard for how decisions they make affect the moral of their subordinates. There's no real sense of advancement and most paths lead to a dead end. Pay is barely enough to get by on, especially at a time when the cost of living has risen wildly above the average salary.
Manufacturing Specialist I in Camas, WA
on July 11, 2022
The pay is very low for how many new jobs they require you to do and have little care for the way employees feel. Benefits are okay and so is the schedule, but there are so many other things that nLight could change to make the work experience better, they just won't do it.
Manufacturing Specialist II in Camas, WA
on May 18, 2022
Management fixes all issues with bandaid type solutions. Prepare to be critically understaffed (on purpose) and having mandatory OT every time you turn around. Some departments are better than others but you are just a number and advancement opportunities are a joke. /Maybe/ a dollar raise for 50% more work after jumping through an incredible number of hoops.
Manufacturing Specialist II in Camas, WA
on April 1, 2022
The only pro from them is that 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. I had a coworker constantly micromanaging me which was the reason why I left. Very low pay. No promises about 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. Also, the process is very disorganized.

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Reliable car for work, open work schedule for a 12 hour shift, team player, work alone or in a group setting

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