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Cymer Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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2.9 67 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Cymer Chairman and CEO Bob Akins

Bob Akins

(47 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Competitive pay and benefits package(in 4 reviews)

  • The machines are cutting edge, and it's possible to get some good hands-on experience in their labs(in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has a hard time because the technology is so difficult and changing so rapidly(in 6 reviews)

  • Lopsided work life balance causes burnout and high employee turnover(in 3 reviews)

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    It used to be a cooperative culture, but that was improved with a dysfunctional system.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsWork on very complex technology. Learning opportunities.

    ConsDeciding between doing what needs to be done, or what you are told. Repeatedly revisiting issues rather than resolving them.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou can increase profitability by using your experienced workers as business advisers, rather than going top down.

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Confusing work environment

    Engineering (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsInteresting technology. Decent compensation and benefits. Good location and weather.

    ConsWeak and confused senior management. Inefficient operations. Politicized and unclear decision making process. Everything requires top management formal approval. New flagship product (EUV Source) release 3+ years behind original schedule. Lopsided work life balance causes burnout and high employee turnover.

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

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    Mixed Bag of Good & Bad

    (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat technology, good pay and benefits. EUV is separate division controlled by ASML, better run, more opportunity

    ConsThe Light Source division is run by the old CEO. No-one is empowered to do anything without his agreement. Won't hear any dissent, hence surrounded by 'Yes' men who simply re-enforce his views. Decision making is consequently painfully slow, which makes the customer support extremely difficult for the folks in the field.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management (Light Source Div), empower the employees to actually be able to 'do' what you pay them for.

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

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    Terrible management culture. Avoid this company.

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsInteresting technology.
    Good pay and benefits.

    ConsMixed up management
    Unorganized
    Too much drama
    Worst tech company I've worked with

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

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    Company does not promote from within - long standing issue

    Materials (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with in a stressful environment.

    ConsManagement would rather hire someone from outside and current employees are not given opportunities to advance - long standing issue. There seem to be about 1/2 as many employees needed to support plans. This may be changing in the future, but it doesn't help the current employee base. I can't remember the last time I only worked 40 hours. Long hours needed to tread water.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your current employees an opportunity to grow into new roles.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Toxic environment

    Manifacturing (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsPeople have passion and desire to do well. They are truly on the edge of technology and one of the only companies in the market doing this type of work.

    ConsTightly held, micro-managed, respect for individuals as professionals is missing, ability to success and think on your own is great hampered by the strong central control of one person.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the leaders be leaders. Stop micro managing and creating an environment of fear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Over worked and under managed

    Senior Electronics Engineer (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsEmployee events and community work would be the high points at Cymer followed by the technology.

    ConsToo many managers and not enough people doing the work. Managers fail to give priority to tasks and when they do it becomes a moving target. Processes are not defined. You have to chase down a VP to purchase anything. They give you a company cell phone and you get calls at all hours. 80% of my job are tasks that do not require an engineering degree. Politics rule.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit delivering schedules that can not be met so that employees can concentrate on work and not debating about the schedule. Put employees in tasks related to their strengths.

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

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    Stuck in the 80's

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere is good talent working at cymer

    ConsUpper management can't recognized good talent and keep the ones that barely due the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of your offices and actually take a look at your surroundings. You might not like what you see.

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

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    There is no joy working at Cymer.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsThe working peope, in manufacturing are human and a joy to worth with.

    ConsTheir mission statement includes: flawlessly. They are typical of what's wrong w/ corporate America.
    Their employees are just commodities to be used and disposed of as necessary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire your temps, they are just as important as the rest of the population.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work but as soon as the semiconductor sector slows down, they lay off a big percentage of comany.

    Staff Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGood pay & work enviroment

    ConsThere is no royalties and care for employees within senior amanagement

    Advice to Senior ManagementBackup you tell the upper management about individual talents that work under you.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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