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Cree Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.6 95 reviews

48% Approve of the CEO

Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda

Chuck Swoboda

(58 ratings)

37% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good opportunity to make decent cash on stock options sometimes(in 6 reviews)

  • Fast paced and constantly changing processes(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • There's really bad work/life balance and then there's Cree(in 16 reviews)

  • No Work/Life Balance, No Career Development, Poor Managers & Senior Leaders, No Team Work or Collaboration(in 6 reviews)

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Awful.

    Scientist (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsHuge disparity between departments. Some departments work a strict 9-5 schedule and are empty by 5:01. Others work 7am-10pm 6 days a week. That is not an exaggeration.

    ConsIf you're working in any department related to LED R&D or LED Operations, expect average pay for absurdly long hours. Cree isn't the only company in the semiconductor industry to expect those kinds of hours, but most other companies try to at least make their work environment tolerable if not pleasant. At Cree, you can expect a high stress, "management by screaming" environment. Don't plan on getting any of your PTO approved either. My manager denied every single one of my requests without comment for my first 2 years at Cree.

    A lot of people are so beaten down that they're just trying to get through the day without getting screamed at or insulted by management. Don't think you can start off in a less desirable department and make a lateral move later in your career. In my 5 years at Cree, I've seen dozens of employees try this. All but one was blocked by upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    A waste of my time away from my family!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Racine, WI

    ProsI cant say anything good about this place!!

    ConsInexperienced management, no flexibility, bonuses suck, mandatory overtime, horrible point system, and the pay sucks for as much responsibility and knowledge of things you need to make it there. If you are single with no kids and love to work yourself to death this is the place for you to go. If you have a family, stay away because these people dont care about you or your life outside of their doors! Sexual harassment is off the charts at Cree and surely dont report it because you will find yourself fired in a heart beat. This company was the biggest waste of my time!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementManangement? What a joke!! Just keep doing what you do!!, at ths pace you wont have a job for long!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    5 people found this helpful  

    No.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPlenty of opportunity for over-time. Benefits are pretty good. There is a very diversified work force. You are almost certain to work with people from a variety of other companies.

    ConsWhere to start. The policies that Cree has were set in place to "protect" the employee. It's more like there are loads of policies set in place to give you absolutely no freedom. Cree seems to be about keeping their employees on a short leash. They give you an occurrence for any time you are late, call-out without 24 hour notice, etc. I called out one day because of inclement weather. I couldn't get out of my driveway due to snow and ice. A state of emergency was declared yet Cree not only stayed open, they stated that you should be at work within 6 hours of your scheduled start time or get an occurrence. I live an hour away! A engineer there who lives 10 minutes away took 2 hours to get in. In short, they are micro-managing as hell. If you have no life, no family, no hobbies, and have no desire to do anything other than work, Cree is the place for you. One of the Pros I listed was a opportunity for over-time. While this is true they often make it mandatory and upper management is completely oblivious as to what is going on on the floor. They usually start mandatory over-time too late and never end it when they should. There are people in all the time for over-time and there is literally NOTHING to do! It was like that for the last two weeks I have worked and I haven't heard any rumors of it stopping any time soon. Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic but Cree really seems like they try to control their employees. Unless you are really in need of a job, look else where.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    I was told this company was good to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthe insurance and benefits are good

    Consvery bad management, very dirty production area, not organized, no annual raises on performance

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to respect their employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsBack in 1999, when it was still considered a startup, it was a great place to work. It used to have great benefits, it used to have a good bonus program, it used to have a lot of things until Chuck took over.

    ConsRead what about 90% of comments here have said. There's really bad work/life balance and then there's Cree. Even in 1999, there was no balance but at least an attempt at compensation was made. Cree has maintained the work expectations of a startup company while evolving their pay/benefits schedule to that of a big company. If you want no life outside of work, come on board!

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to share and learn how to say those two simple magic words - thank you. Share your successes. Hard as it is for Chuck and the rest to admit, you're not the entire reason for business successes and everybody else isn't the reason for failure. The only time Chuck would give me the time of day was the few times my business segment had some struggles. When things were going well, a simple "thanks" or "nice job" or "way to go" apparently took too much effort.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    One of the few companies that truly HATES its employees

    Fab Tech (Current Employee) Research Triangle Park, NC

    ProsRegular pay. Insurance used to be OK until they rolled out the new plan to push most employees to use outside Obamacare. Everyone (and any family members you want to add) must pass "wellness & health" qualifications such as BP, BMI, blood test, etc. to get the affordable rate. Otherwise,good luck.

    ConsInclement weather policy- Policy is you come to work, regardless!
    Work hazards- OSHA obviously has no staff or they would have posted several violations here for the way the employees are made to handle powerful acids and other hazardous chemicals.
    Sick leave- Unless you vomit on a supervisor you will not be sent home. Getting a doctor's note if you have the flu is pointless. Supervisor just told me that he had "never heard of anyone getting the flu in the spring"; so, tough, you've now used up one of three grace days you get in a year's span.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing. Workers are disposable and easily replaced in this economy and besides, why change? What you're doing is obviously working for you. But you already knew that...and the workers know that because you tell us regularly how replaceable we are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    They really believe work before family!!!!!!!

    Operator (Current Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsVery few. Benefits are ok.

    ConsNo work/life balance. You will be there day and night. They will force you to work on Christmas even if you are scheduled off they can tell you with no advance that you have to work OT that day. You are just a number here. If you drop they will be on the phone with Greene resources to have another warm body sent. Very far from state of the art. Some equipment up to 30 and 40 years old.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop forcing mandatory overtime to have 5 people staring at the same tool.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    2 people found this helpful  

    It was a great place to work - 5 years ago.

    Manager (Former Employee) Durham, NC

    ProsYou are working on cutting edge technology and working with brilliant people. Pay for performance.

    ConsPromotion of scientists and engineers to management positions without the ability to manage. People skills are significantly lacking in upper management. Mid to low level employees are seen as second rate citizens. Work life balance is nonexistent. Many new college grads are being brought in because they don't know that the grass truly is greener elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart investing in your people - both financially and emotionally or the exodus will continue. Hanging your hat on upper level managers who achieved their level by breaking the backs of the rank and file is a breeding ground for dissent and opportunities being sought elsewhere. Open your eyes, your treatment of people is appalling.

    3 people found this helpful  

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTechnology, cafeteria and nice benefits...location, vending machines, free coffee or tea.

    ConsToo many too go into detail, lack of planning, management bullies their employees, Cree is we mentality applies to managers only! They get the perks. We get the work! Micro managing to the nth degree. Lack of strategic view, no balance of life!

    Advice to Senior ManagementReally, you think you can do it all by yourself? Good luck with that....

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    1 person found this helpful  

    company does not care about employees

    Shipping Clerk (Former Employee) Racine, WI

    Prosgood benefits and clean enviroment

    Conspay is very low for the extreme work load

    Advice to Senior Managementthey do not concern themselves with the factory workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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