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Cree Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
119 Reviews
2.5
119 Reviews
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Excellent and competitive benefits, including ESPP and stock options (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits ,3 weeks vacation to start, 401K, really good health insurance plans (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There's really bad work/life balance and then there's Cree (in 17 reviews)

  • No Work/Life Balance, No Career Development, Poor Managers & Senior Leaders, No Team Work or Collaboration (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Career started off as a very empowering experience, but quickly turned into a toxic one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree

    Pros

    Great benefits, compensation package, employee stock purchase plan, excellent people with great talent

    Cons

    Employees are not considered a resource. No emphasis on people. Everyone is considered replaceable. Very data driven. No work-life balance. Cut throat environment. Leadership constantly changing. There is not a defined vision shared by the leaders. High turn-over in most areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on developing the great employees that work for you. At the end of the day, these are the people that help make your bottom line. Step up your employee relations, and show empathy for people. Ensure that your mission and values are shared by all management and communicated to all employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Stressful work environment, felt like a number not a person.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales/Cust Service
    Former Employee - Sales/Cust Service

    I worked at Cree full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits ,3 weeks vacation to start, 401K, really good health insurance plans

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, no work home balance, always asked to come in for overtime and stay late without a thank you or any appreciation whatsoever. It's all about the bottom line and making the quarter. They keep stacking up work on your plate until you croak or breakdown. Very cheap company, if they hired a few more people in other positions, it would take a lot of stress of others, but very cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees like numbers! The micro management was ridiculous, there were managers who didn't need to be managers and their chain of command made no sense whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Non Engineers are not seen as important or beneficial to Cree's success.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planner/Scheduler in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Planner/Scheduler in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Above average pay.
    Great gym on site.
    Good benefits.
    Company does a summer picnic (free beer and wine and lots of food trucks) and winter party (black tie event and two alcohol tickets).

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Work seven days a week and all holidays.
    Have to work China's hours as much as possible and only get a break during February for Chinese New Year.
    Since I only have a Bachelor's degree and not in Engineering I am considered disposable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being managers and start acting like leaders. Too many talented people leave Cree every week due to your ignorance and lack of foresight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Process Technician

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Technician II in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Process Technician II in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime available and adequate microsoft and JMP software training chooses. On-site gym offers a great opportunity to stay in shape. Outstanding technology as well.

    Cons

    Well, because of the excessive overtime and strict binding schedule its impossible to take advantage of the gym. Management is horrible to put it lightly. Most personnel in management are engineers without management experience and are basically forced to manage and continue engineering tasks. Cree cares nothing of your personnel or family life. Working 60-70 hours a week is the norm for operations and engineering. Cree has the resources to be one of the premiere technology companies in the country but bad practices, poor management, and inadequate training is preventing them from advancing to that status. The yearly Holidays Party is a great event but is basically an event organized for upper management and salaried employees. Operations are still required to work the regular shift or take PTO. Overall Cree basically provides a stable check but make sure you get a nice pay rate coming in the door because raises are honestly horrible and promotions are non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly you can offer all the advice in the world to management but things will not change. Cree makes it obvious that you can be replaced and treats it's employees with little dignity and no respect.

    But here is some advice, change your tactics before another technology company comes to the RTP are and your employees abandons ship. Most already have one foot out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cree: it's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasons to work there? Casual clothing. You won't be distracted by current technology, it's all manual, all the time!

    Cons

    Nonstop new projects and deadlines. It is relentless, grinding, and exhausting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself: why would someone want to work here?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very unorganized organization with little training!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree

    Pros

    Pay is good for the work done on the lines. Most people are friendly and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Nobody is trained correctly for the position they are in. And whenever this is brought up in conversation with management, it's looked over!! Sad for a good employer!

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    The dedication and teamwork by operators surpasses all but greed and indifference by upper management is its downfall.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working at Cree is guaranteed income that will pay your bills. Working certain areas you can easily make 40,000 a year due to the massive amounts of overtime you are required to work.

    Cons

    Cree has no sympathy and nor consideration for their workers no matter the situation.
    - Overtime schedules can be preset for the entire year.
    -The majority lower class workers receive $125 for their quarter bonus after taxes
    - Cree operates on a occurance point system for temp and full time employees after you receive the max number of points you are terminated. (ex. sick 1pt., late 1/2 pt., bereavement 1 pt., inclement weather 1pt.. family emergency 1pt.
    -They have the tendency to hire outside rather than promote from within.
    - The facility is going smoke free this Spring 2014.
    - It takes an average of 6 years to convert from night shift to day shift in some areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do research on the top ten companies of America and adopt their ethical standards and practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    the best people within a team in lower levels, actually making the products that includes
    , operators, technicians and engineers.

    Cons

    managment at all levels, starting with supervisors, which are actually not really managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    well, smart people -they seem not be able to figure it out!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Means to an end!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to get in.
    Helps to pay the bills.

    Cons

    Mandatory Overtimes.
    Despite of weather conditions, you still have to show up at work.
    Zero work ethics and/or bad work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They don't listen so no point in suggesting anything.

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Personally rewarding but with little recognition for contributions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Management fails to acknowledge employee needs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that your employees are a tangible asset which needs to be nurtured rather than a resource to be eventually replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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