Cree Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
107 Reviews
2.7
107 Reviews
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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69 Ratings

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company as a Whole

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

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products, benefits, quarterly and annual bonus (nonexempt) quarterly bonus and annual options (exempt) if internal numbers are met.

    Cons

    Employees mistreated by supervisors, managers and directors, moral is now at an all-time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is directed to senior management:

    - the company values are stated the same but they are not a practice by certain people in different business units including HR.

    - Validate resumes to make sure that people don't lie on them and if they do termination should be followed as company policy states.

    - The HR unit should support management but should not let management railroad and or retaliate on employees when employees bring things to HRs attention about management.

    - If annual internal numbers are met then grant all options to exempt employees not partial options, these are not a part of raises, they are issued instead of annual bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company. LIttle opportunity for advancement...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and the onsite fitness center (free to employees, spouse and children over 16) is a great benefit. The dress is casual and the product is at the bleeding edge for it's industry...

    Cons

    Annual raises are insulting and there is little opportunity for advancement...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value the talent you have within the company or you will continue to lose them...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cree

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

    I worked at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Base Compensation competitive, bonus program paid very little while I was there

    Cons

    Benefits reduced in 2014 with higher costs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cree, a good company that doesn't understand work/life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Senior Programmer/Analyst  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - IS Senior Programmer/Analyst in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The retention rate is good. Never a dull day. The work week flies.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected. Communication is poor. Politics as usual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is life outside of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Borderline

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge, not boring or dull. The few leaders that are any good, are really great people.

    Cons

    No work, family balance. Short-sighted. Not as "smart" and they think. Very few leaders are any good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really live the company values, which are not. Politics will be crushed? I don't think so. Also, hold upper folks to the same standards as the techs. Some of those upper folks are "allowed" to act and do under different standards that the lower folks and not perform, why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Fast pace work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician IV  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Semiconductor Manufacturing Technician IV in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    pay and flexible schedule
    rapid growth if you are able to dedicate a lot of hours

    Cons

    no work life balance at all
    micromanagement of employees decreases productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    micromanage less and lead more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not your company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the best reasons to work at Cree consist of interesting technology that may give you the opportunity to feel worthwhile.

    Cons

    Poor pay, ungrateful leadership, classic abuse of H1B program, culture of disrespect, expectations of culture/compensation improvements in the future are never met. You are a throw away to be never advanced until you quit and are replaced with the next desperate young preferably visa dependent soul.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take it all with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A job

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits were somewhat good, they were really good when I started in 1999, advanced fairly well but that was only because of my manager at the time.

    Cons

    It's a hard place to work you either make it or you don't. Not all personalities will succeed at Cree. It's Cree first & the rest of your life 3'rd or 4'trh on the list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the sacrifices of the many that helped put the company were it is today

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Facility was state of the art, no expense spared to keep the production line running

    Cons

    The HR department was vr ineinexperienced at people managerment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great Industry and Good Jobs in Certain Areas

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Maintenance Technician II  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Maintenance Technician II in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Stock Purchase Plan, Gym

    Cons

    Some jobs are good some are always getting the short end. If you work in management or outside the "fab" life is good. Expect random double mandatory OT. Work hours are manipulated to be 42 hrs per week when in reality its 48 and 36. If you work 7pm-7am shift and are young, you will be there forever. R&D and Maintenance will work holidays when production is down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand by what you say. Implement more LSS methodology the fab is extremely inefficient. Operators need better training. Safety procedures need to be followed more closely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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