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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.

Recommends
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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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    On the Fence...Like my work, Interesting Products, Bright Future, but Stock holders and upper management come first!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Interesting Products, Challenging but enjoyable Work Environment, Low key workplace, Work/life balance is good. Hands on Employees are very talented, Most employees are great to work with.

    Cons

    Same problems year after year. Ineffective Manager/ Directors, Poor Communication & Planning, Understaffed and overburdened. Few opportunities for growth, small raises and bonuses unless you are upper management. Every quarter is a struggle, but we make revenue. Upfront work, Quality and Reliability is not a priority. Healthcare costs are high for such a large pool of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Level the playing field and treat employees fairly and the result will be amazing. You know the main problems, Fix them please.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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