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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)

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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  1.  

    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)

    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.  

    Great people and exciting products. Talented, focused and intelligent management team.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilsonville, OR (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilsonville, OR (US)

    Pros

    FLIR has excellent benefits and pays the lions share of the cost. The company matches 50% of my 401(k) contributions, which really adds up. We have a bonus plan that has paid out every year but one. We get 20 days of PTO per year plus 10 holidays.

    The products are the most interesting of any company I have ever worked for and employees really get excited about working on our technology.

    Cons

    There are no visible employee training and development programs. Management is often too busy or uninterested in learning about how employees like their jobs. Our new CEO has begun communicating much more often to employees, but many people still feel left out of what's going on in the company. The management team is somewhat isolated and doesn't interact with a lot of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see more interaction between managers, directors and VPs with the executive management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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