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Learn and create. Loyalty and freedom. Deliver and go forward.

You will be working with a welcoming group of technical and commercial experts from different countries. You will learn from them and they will learn from you.

 

At EFFECT Photonics, we challenge and support you to develop both personally and professionally. As a company we embrace a hands-on mentality that encourages you to take the initiative, take ownership of your work and deliver and move forward.

Karen
Whicker  

Quality Manager,
British

Bo
Jiang  

Firmware Engineer,
Chinese

Giordano
Mariani  

RF Test Engineer,
Italian

Iyad
Kaddoura  

Senior Program Manager,
American

Nivethitha
Bharathi  

HR Support Coordinator,
Indian

Saeed
Tahvili  

PIC Technical Lead,
Dutch

Joost
Verberk 

Director of PLM,
Dutch

Mark
Putt  

Technician,
British

“Our team members are the most amazing people we have ever met. Their talent and passion drives our success and their loyalty is what defines us and makes the difference.”

Karin Bussemaker
HR-Manager at EFFECT Photonics

Karin Bussemaker HR-Manager at EFFECT Photonics

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Mark
Putt

Technician 
British

“This company is a great place to work, where you are fully respected, supported, and encouraged to grow. We pull together as a team to get the job done.”

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

I came to the EFFECT Photonics UK facility as the ninth employee, starting as a technician with previous experience in other companies. My former positions primarily focused on the process side of the business, but at EFFECT Photonics, technicians take on more varied responsibilities. I joined EFFECT Photonics when the company was at an elementary level, and now after five years, we have reached the point of massive growth. Some of our early processes were very person-oriented, but now we have developed computerized software and algorithms controlling the machinery. Working as a team, we have drastically shortened process times, and being a part of this innovation and engineering is very rewarding.

And about the role: although I joined as a technician, I have had my role extended. I became the Training Coordinator for the Brixham site, also heavily involved in the hiring process for operations. More recently, I have also taken on the role of Technician Team leader. These are roles I never thought I’d be doing when I first joined.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

I would say that if you want to be a part of the future and help shape how the world communicates, apply for a job here at EFFECT Photonics. This company is a great place to work, where you are fully respected, supported, and encouraged to grow. We pull together as a team to get the job done. There are no social or skill-based boundaries at EFFECT Photonics, and we are a constantly growing family. You might be having lunch with a technician and operators one day and then enjoy lunch with the CEO and a couple of PhDs the next day. The CEO will never go past you on the corridor without greeting you and saying hello.

I should also mention one thing here: even if you do not have the relevant skillset but have transferable skill sets from your previous work or hobbies, you should still apply for an operator job. We employ experienced people from previous industry experience but also develop and support those who have general PC knowledge and attributes we require.

Describe in 3 words what your job is all about.

Recruit, coordinate, train, innovate.

I recruit people to support the operations team. This role involves a lot of coordination work, from reading CVs to inviting candidates for a dexterity test and then inviting them for an interview if they pass the test. I am present at dexterity tests supporting the Tech team, and I also perform interviews alongside members of the management team.

I try to “keep all the ducks in a row” so that if my manager wants to know what is going on, he can click on an Excel Sheet and see the results live. This documentation process is also useful if I happen to be out of the office.

I’m also training new employees in broader aspects of the business other than their specific roles. I’m fascinated by the creativity required in making training fun and interesting. I’ve been to many courses and training sessions over the years, where presenters can sometimes be tedious and have no personality or charisma. I try to get everyone involved, and it makes me feel good when I see their skillset and knowledge increase. That’s like a bonus that goes along with the salary. I am always trying to think of ways to do things better and make sure people are involved and engaged.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

I think it was when my manager asked me to
step in and help out a little bit with the training, which rapidly developed
into me taking on the role of Training Coordinator. It was indeed challenging
to build this training process from the ground up. However, I felt so gratified
to see it develop into a well-documented process that contributed to the
company passing a recent BSI Audit. As an experienced technician, taking on a
new role I knew little about has been fantastic for my personal growth and
development. EFFECT Photonics nurtured me in this role, always providing
guidance, ideas, and ways to develop myself further. The HR manager in the UK
and the team have also supported me with this. That has been the biggest
highlight for me.

However, another huge highlight is seeing
how much the company has grown from having nine people to more than 100 here in
Brixham.  The company now has more than
200 people. Knowing that I was a part of this growth is incredible. When you
look at it and reflect on it, you remember that we all started with doing these
little jobs, running around trying to solve things, everyone helping everyone,
and pitching in.

 

We still have that kind of ethos here where
if someone’s struggling, someone will always step in and help them. So, I think
the real highlight is the work here at EFFECT Photonics, developing yourself
and being nurtured by co-workers. People of all ages receive fantastic support
and development opportunities.

Joost
Verberk

Director of PLM
Dutch

“You can shape the company’s goals, the roadmap of the products, and your team’s direction.”

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically? 

I like creating things. It can be creating a new product, but it can also be starting a new department within an existing organization or taking technology from one market and applying it in another. My previous company employed 200,000 people worldwide. If you want to change such a big organization, it is like changing the course of an oil tanker: it will take forever. When I started at EFFECT Photonics in December 2016, we had a lot of unchartered territories ahead of us. That means I could have a massive impact right from the start. You can shape the company’s goals, the roadmap of the products, and your team’s direction. That’s what I like about working here.

A big part of my job is talking to customers and contributing to the future of the telecom market. Telecommunications is an attractive market with billions of euros spent every year. Companies innovate aggressively to stay ahead of the competition. And there is more appetite for innovative solutions, unlike in healthcare, where innovation is always guided by safety first. In telecoms, innovation comes first; there’s no choice! If you do not deliver high-quality internet connections to your customers who want to stream Netflix, they move to another internet provider. This forces operators to be less risk-averse and more opportunistic. That means we get to innovate and experiment with our customers, and they allow us to do so! What could be cooler than that?

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

I can’t recommend anything specific, but in general, determine your goals in life are and try to find a company that aligns with them. Where are you now in your personal life, and how can you find a job that aligns with that?

I think that right now, at EFFECT Photonics, you can learn many new skills and take on many different responsibilities. You will have a lot of freedom. Especially in smaller teams such as mine, you get to do many different things. In this environment, you will experience fast personal growth. If you are considering applying here, keep in mind that you need to be more assertive and handle a fluid environment – tasks come and go quickly, and some responsibilities are not well defined. You should be proactive and determine your path by yourself.

If this environment is what you want in this phase in your career, this is the place to be. And I repeat: the best advice I can give is to look for a company that fits your current situation and stage of your personal development.

Describe in four words what your job is all about.

Voice of the Customer.

My business card says Director of Product Management, which means I lead a team of product managers. We are the link between the customer and our engineering departments. We ask our customers about their challenges and what products they could imagine using to solve such challenges. We ask them what their current and future networks look like and what their customers need.

We have over one hundred engineers, but only half a dozen people talk directly to our customers. These customer-facing roles carry a massive responsibility because, ultimately, the customers pay our bills. We need to advocate for our customers and ensure everyone in the company understands what our customers need. My team gathers that kind of information and translates it so that our engineering, supply chain, and operations teams can deliver the product our customer needs.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

I enjoyed how surprisingly easy it is to penetrate Silicon Valley and its big companies. I got to work closely with some of the biggest tech companies in the world. And the crazy thing is that they approach us because they love our technology. That tells me we have something special.

There are quite a few highlights I could mention. Presenting our product portfolio and technology at conferences and talking to our customers at the booth of trade shows is also very rewarding. It was also a learning experience to go through three investment rounds and hear how investors think about their investment portfolio and how much they value EFFECT Photonics as part of the photonics and quantum revolutions. When you are down in the weeds fixing a minor software issue, you sometimes lose track of the bigger picture. However, when you step back and talk to big customers with billion-dollar budgets or to an investment firm looking for the next big thing in telecoms, you feel very proud.

Nivethitha 

Bharathi

HR Support Coordinator
Indian

“The experience new joiners have in their first week is very important. Being able to contribute to that makes me smile every day.”

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

The interesting thing about EFFECT Photonics is the strong growth. There
is more room for professional growth and this environment brings more personal visibility within the company. All this makes it very motivating to work here.

I started during the pandemic in September 2020. It was both scary and
exciting because what can you expect in this bizarre and unpredictable time? How my new team and I handled this situation was interesting in a positive way. We got to know each other in a different way and, as a result, became even more attuned to each other.

In my role as HR Support Coordinator, there are no similar days, which means
my work never gets boring. I am involved in various HR administrative tasks, helping the HR team with reporting and the weekly HR status reports. Furthermore, I contribute to small projects regarding benefits administration, policies, and process documentation.

One of the things I enjoy the most is supporting the onboarding process.
We aim to make joining EFFECT Photonics a smooth process. Their experience in the first week is essential and contributing to that makes me smile every time. 

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

If someone wants to be working on a technology that has the potential to change everyone’s lives, this is the place to be. The person must be resilient and open to some repetitive work in the Quality and Reliability teams, as well as being able to immediately adjust to change. Everyday plans and products can change. So, you must be flexible, systematic, and attention to detail is very important. The best aspect is when someone asks you about your job and you start talking about it, the room goes silent, because everyone is fascinated. New challenges drive you every day, which makes my daily tasks very rewarding. If you would like to work on problem solving these high-speed digital signal processing technologies, this is the best place to be.

Describe in 3 words what your job is all about.

Communication, flexibility, and being proactive

Because my work is so varied, I need to be flexible, and I need to switch between tasks quickly and easily. I also need to prioritize the time-critical work with the more administrative stuff. Good communication is critical in this role – you want to avoid miscommunications and that people keep coming back with questions that you may already have answered.

Being in the administration, I often have to be proactive in picking up work that helps to plan and align the core HR tasks so we can offer the most value to the business.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

I am not normally a fan of organised social events. But here at EFFECT Photonics they feel effortlessly social and a lot of fun, not at all overly corporate. This for me stood out as a great way to know my colleagues better.

Giordano
Mariani

RF Test Engineer
Italian

“From the moment I was hired, EFFECT Photonics considered me as an expert. They trusted me and they made me feel appreciated”

 

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

As soon as I got the job offer, the best thing for me was that I was able to continue with what I was working on with my thesis at the Technical University of Eindhoven. The theory I was studying I continued applying here, from an electronic engineering point of view. At university I was testing similar modules to the ones here at EFFECT Photonics. I was very interested in the idea of one single integrated chip. If you want to achieve low cost, effective solutions this is the way to go. It is not easy and there are lots of challenges to overcome, but we are heading in the right direction. I am involved in the testing the chips and the modules; I cover almost all areas. In the last few months I started doing some design to assist the other teams, this is also been very interesting. I like how my role has evolved over time, but still with a connection with a testing environment. The knowledge I have with testing, helps with designing.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

I think that it is best to start your role here with testing, it is fun to try out and get a feeling with the technologies. With this feeling you can then move onto designing. It is good to get an impression of how the devices work. I had some talks with my colleagues, and I expressed an interest in designing, and they were more than happy to assign me to a design project. The most important part is being able to oversee processes and being able to talk with other colleagues depending on their knowledge base. The level of knowledge transfer within my team is good, if I have a problem with lasers for example, I know exactly who to approach. For me, this was a good opportunity especially for my first job. I personally came first to Eindhoven on an Erasmus exchange my thesis. The transition to a job here for me was my transition to becoming a professional. The best tip I would say is to reach out to people, on social media for example to try and get help with planning and tips to move here. Eindhoven is expanding, so the living situation is definitely improving. I heard about EFFECT photonics via a friend on LinkedIn, I was then able to contact people familiar with the company and I was immediately convinced. You have to be able to coexist in multicultural environment, one thing about being in a start-up is that as soon as you are hired you are considered an expert. For example, if you are involved with RF testing, if there is an issue they will come to you for advice, regardless of experience. It can be scary at the beginning, if you feel the pressure. But knowing you feel valued is very rewarding.

Describe in 3 words what your job is all about.

Testing, connecting, sharing

Within my role, I feel like I am a bridge between electronics and photonics. I have more of an electronics background and some others in the office have a more of a photonics background. Therefore we can share knowledge, and I feel that I connect these two fields. The transfer of knowledge is very important, we have yearly meetings regarding this. The meetings are very interesting, and everyone presents what they have been doing and it is great to see updates in what everyone has been working on. I think it is very beneficial for the company, there is continuous learning and sharing within the technical teams.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

From the work point of view, the shift from testing to design is key for me. What I really like from the company point of view are the social activities. They are really nice experiences and an occasion to meet everyone within the company.

Bo Jiang

Firmware Engineer
Chinese

“The highlight for me, is the fact that I actually helped developed the product I work with, and that it is really helping to change the world of communication.

 

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

As a Firmware Engineer, I am work in the area of the business where optical system-on-chips are designed, fabricated, packaged, verified, and finally, coated. To be able to see the complete life cycle of chip manufacturing is very appealing to me because I have spent almost six years studying how to transfer a microchip design on a computer screen, to an actual real product. That is one of the most interesting aspects of working here because you can apply all the knowledge and experience you have and make a difference. And about my role – as a firmware engineer I provide the embedded software which makes the manufactures modules suitable for the applications they are used in. I really enjoy collaborating with my colleagues from different development departments so that I learn new things that were not initially in the scope of my knowledge. This ultimately affects your own learning path and career path. The fact that this is possible at EFFECT Photonics is exciting.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

My advice for those who are planning to apply for a job at EFFECT Photonics is never to be afraid to express yourself and always reach out when you have questions..

I work with many different colleagues, not only in my own team but teams from across the business. Everyone is open to listening to your ideas and concerns, also because you might have a slightly different perspective because of your role. You can also reach out when you run into a problem or what feels like a dead-end – no-one here expects you to be the expert on everything. So instead of spending hours or days on a finding a solution, just reach out to others and you will probably get it resolved a lot quicker.

I have found that at EFFECT Photonics each and every opinion matters, and that team work and collaboration are real. That’s the advantage in working at a smaller company – you are heard and don’t feel lost so easily.

Describe in 3 words what your job is all about.

Analysis, graphics and cooperation.

My day-to-day work involves fixing software bugs and implementing new features into the software. We start with analysis to reproduce the problem (with bug fixing) or to define the details of what a customer is requesting in a new feature. Then comes the graphic illustrations which are an integral part of the test description. They also help you and others understand the challenge at hand and the possible solution. Because of the complexity, it is really important to work together as a team so that we can make the best use of everyone’s knowledge and skills.

What is your highlight about working here so far?

The highlight for me, is the fact that I actually helped developed the product I work with, and that it is really helping to change the world of communication. An important aspect of this is the fact that through my work, I am helping people to make their lives better and easier. I find it really encouraging and exciting to read about our milestones and seeing where EFFECT Photonics products are being utilised around the world. Something else that was a highlight for me is how quickly my recruitment process went. I was travelling to Switzerland when I got a call from the director of product management who said they wanted to interview me for the position. And the day after I had the interview, I was offered the job. This process was so much faster than I could have imagined.

Iyad 

Kaddoura

Senior Program Manager 
American

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

The most inspiring and interesting part is working with a diverse group of engineers. Diverse backgrounds, diverse time zones, and diverse characters and personalities. I love that we aim to deliver cutting-edge technology with the potential to transfer the telecom world. We have a chance to put our names and the company name on something really unique. The prospect of such an achievement boosts our motivation. I enjoy working on different projects related to the product and the company vision overall. We try to make sure that everyone focuses not only on the day-to-day task but also on the overall vision for that week, the month, the next six months, and the whole year.  And most of all, I feel no difference between the titles and hierarchy in this company. This environment is something I have deeply enjoyed since I’ve been with EFFECT Photonics. This same feeling presents itself when I speak to my manager. It feels like just talking to another colleague. This lack of hierarchical attitudes is very inspiring in itself.

I have felt connected to the entire organization very quickly. From the beginning, I felt connected to my diverse team, very welcome, and inspired by them. We share lots of ideas, which can be challenging, but on the other hand, we all work cohesively towards a common goal.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

If you are thinking about applying to EFFECT Photonics, be ready to learn, work hard, share and challenge ideas, grow, and have fun. And anything can be possible.

Describe in four words what your job is all about.

Gathering and moving forward. 

First, I would like to mention that what we do at EFFECT is not a one-person job. It’s a team effort. We can only deliver our products to our customers if my team and the other teams work together towards a common goal.

As a Senior Program Manager, I am involved with anything connected to the product. Such broad responsibility was not the case from the start; my role has expanded to cover work within the entire program from Eindhoven all the way to Brixham. This role gives me a better view of processes from start to end and of product integration. 

My responsibility is to gather all the information to meet the deliverables schedule and follow up with the deliverables as well as initiatives from development to operations. I forward this information to the relevant departments so they can take action within their projects. It is a process of give-and-take, we need each other to move forward.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

Learning about this new technology has been fascinating. And I love knowing the potential of this new technology and seeing the excitement of everybody who’s working together to deliver it.

Karen
Whicker

Quality Manager
British

With EFFECT Photonics, the role you are initially hired for might evolve and develop quickly, which brings new and different challenges.

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

One of the most interesting aspects of my job is that there were less than a dozen employees in the UK and another dozen in Eindhoven when I started working for Effect Photonics in December 2016. We now have over 100 employees at each site. I have therefore witnessed significant change in the organisation and am privileged to have experienced such a journey. The other exciting aspect has been developing the role which I am responsible for. This role keeps evolving and helps me move into new areas of learning, which brings new and different challenges. Previously, I was involved in typical quality manager role activities which mainly focused on quality systems, product quality assurance and customer focus. However, in this role I have picked up additional responsibility for co-ordinating product regulatory and environmental requirements which has given me an opportunity to acquire new skills and learn new things.

As Quality Manager, I’m responsible for the quality management system and ensuring that the business processes are compliant. To be more specific, it’s about establishing controls and developing and monitoring processes to help assure our finished products are customer compliant. This involves a lot of auditing, KPI reporting, data analysis, corrective action and continual improvement. A third responsibility, which I have taken on recently, includes product-related regulatory and environmental requirements. You can imagine that every day is different, and because I’m responsible for the QMS (Quality Management System) in both Brixham and Eindhoven, I am fortunate to be able to work with people throughout the Organisation. I really enjoy working with all the different teams and try to support and help my colleagues where I am able. I also enjoy sharing knowledge, experience and skills with some of the younger people within the organization to help mentor them as part of their training and development.

All in all, I am delighted with the work that I’ve done developing the Quality Management System and achieving our ISO 9001:2015 Certification. Although this sounds a bit mundane, I think a favourite aspect of my role is data analysis and problem solving. I enjoy taking raw data, doing data analysis to identify which problems are the most significant, determining the root causes and establishing how to fix them. I enjoy data analysis because you begin to see a picture develop as you gather and analyse the data and you gain satisfaction from seeing how the improvements implemented start to take effect.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

My advice to anyone considering applying for a job at EFFECT Photonics, would be to prepare yourself to work in a company that differs somewhat from the norm. As a start-up, we experience constant change, and you are required to work at a fast pace.  In a more traditional company, you could work in the same role on the same tasks for several years, with opportunity for change only available when someone leaves the company or gets promoted. Within EFFECT Photonics, it is possible that the role you are initially hired for might evolve and develop quickly. You may get additional responsibilities which take you in new directions and provide you with new skill sets.

Some people who apply might even do so for brand new positions that don’t yet exist in our organization. They get the opportunity to develop a process structure for their future team, hire their team, and set up their Business Process. Now that is an inspiring opportunity!

In summary, I would say that working for EFFECT Photonics provides a fabulous opportunity in a stunning location for people who embrace change and want to work in a fast-moving, dynamic environment. If you have this mindset, you should apply for a job at EFFECT Photonics.

Describe in four words what your job is all about.

Quality systems, compliance, and product regulation.

Not exactly four words, but these terms describe my job well.

I see the quality system as a key building block for the organization. It’s a central aspect that links all business processes, Customer and product regulatory requirements together. In my role, it’s crucial I ensure a quality system is in place, in use, and compliant with the ISO 9001:2015 standard. In April 21, we commenced our ISO 9001 QMS Certification process and successfully completed the Stage 2 assessment in September. Achieving this certification was a major milestone with respect to my goals and objectives for the Business.

What is your highlight about working here so far?

There have been lots of highlights; working with great people, experiencing exiting opportunities and challenges along the way.  Looking back to when I started with EFFECT Photonics, the quality management system was just a blank page. To have worked with all the teams to define, develop and implement a successful QMS together, has been the biggest highlight for me so far.

Saeed
Tahvili

PIC Technical Lead
Dutch

“Discover, design, and deliver; this is what my team and I do. In essence, we are working with the anatomy and the heart of our products.”

What is the most interesting aspect of working at EFFECT Photonics? And what about your job specifically?

Two main features make the company attractive from my point of view. The first is technology. I did my Masters and Ph.D. degrees in photonic integration. This field brought me to the Netherlands in the first place to work at a research group in the TU/e. At EFFECT, I can carry out this passion to its very core.

The second reason is the company culture at EFFECT. I believe the company has maintained its essence since the beginning when the company was much smaller. There was and still is a friendly and open atmosphere within the company. Within the company, people are open about and love what they do. You feel valued at the personal and professional levels. In some big companies, there exists a sort of hostile rivalry within different groups; that is certainly not the case at EFFECT. Everyone works together and is excited about the work they can deliver to make EFFECT Photonics a success.

I like that my position enjoys a lot of freedom because it lies between engineering and planning, two vital aspects for the success of the company and its projects. Due to my educational background, I still feel much stronger on the technical side of things. However, the company has allowed me to guide people on doing things more efficiently since I have a lot of experience to share. I also advise the level above me on how long tasks could take and what challenges we might encounter. So I am contributing both to the engineers and the management team.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning to apply at EFFECT Photonics?

I would say do it! EFFECT has a multicultural and open atmosphere, and Eindhoven is the core of the Brainport region and one of the “smartest” cities in the world. For those who want to work in a multidisciplinary field and at the cutting edge of technology, EFFECT Photonics is a great choice.

Describe in 3 words what your job is all about.

Discover, design, and deliver.

This is what my team and I do. We are always looking for new ways of doing things more efficiently. That includes how to run basic device measurements and test procedures used in product development. We look for new possibilities and improve characterization plans. We contribute to chip designs and layouts. We help decide which functionalities are included in the design, how to realize them, and how to fabricate the photonic chips. In essence, we work with the anatomy and the heart of our products. That in itself is very interesting. The “deliver” aspect means that we provide good PICs that will help the company move forward. Although we do not have a foundry of our own, we work very closely with our foundry partners to understand their capabilities. At the same time, we clarify to them what specifications we require.

What is your biggest highlight of working here so far?

The biggest highlight for me has been to be part of this organization from almost the beginning. I’ve observed immense changes the company has gone through– the growth, scale-up, and its associated ups and downs along the way. These turns are also a part of the success story. EFFECT Photonics has made a real, consistent growth, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. There are also great highlights, such as freedom and flexibility within my work, as well as the individual and personal attention that I can expect from the management layer above me since there is no dry hierarchy in this company.