Cymer Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technology, smart phones would not exist with out them (in 6 reviews)

  • Competitive pay and benefits package (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Lopsided work life balance causes burnout and high employee turnover (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Too many managers, too little doers.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of managers planning for projects (big requestors of powerpoints, schedules, graphs, status, etc.)

    Cons

    Very few actual doers (technically skilled, hands-on and knowledgeable individuals), who are consequently overburdened with work.

    Advice to Management

    Managers who are technically knowledgeable, rather than project gate keepers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good Technology-No Appreciation for People

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Industry leading technology and reputation, once the field has it and fixes it for awhile

    Cons

    Leadership of President is non existent, crossing over to abusive. It's rare that a senior person in the chain of command is there for competence vs. boot licking the President. I've personally observed behaviors that no one would want to see on 60 Minutes....

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the environment and culture created at the top and change it out. It's toxic.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Manufacturing technician

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Profit sharing bonus is nice but good luck starting at a low level position and getting hired on right away. Many workers are temporary and have been for 5+ years.

    Cons

    Some management personnel are incompetent. Very top heavy company. Bosses can often play favorites and other ethical issues exist. Not big on promotions or paying raises.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Frustrated

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    EUV side has a bright future and company appreciates innovation. The San Diego site has a good work environment and events for employees to bring their families. I like the camaraderie.

    Cons

    The merger with ASML (HQ in Netherlands) seems ill managed, with lack of leadership direction, and misunderstandings of how to be effective in US culture. ASML do not seem prepared to handle the global nature of the business in an effective way and do not respect the great knowledge and expertise they acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Get acquired by an American headquartered company next time, or a company that truly appreciates how to operate in a multinational way vs. a centric way.


  6. component engineer

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

    I worked at Cymer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for would work for them any time - they take care of there workers when you are there like family

    Cons

    not a full time employ only contract


  7. Helpful (2)

    Equipment Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great technology, good work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary , below standard training to new engineers, too many level of management

    Advice to Management

    Provide good training to new employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    engineer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Ok pay is paid by company

    Advice to Management

    change the paperwork organization


  9. Helpful (2)

    Mixed experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facilities, lots of smart hardworking employees, cutting edge technology, & and takeover by one of the leading equipment vendors in the semiconductor industry. Systems , procedures, and methods continuously improving post acquisition. Lots of fun events for employees. Community fund raising activities.

    Cons

    Experience will depend on your manager. Some have poor communication style and no leadership skills ( or training)... So be careful not to end up under an incompetent manager. Management has big company mentality without the scale or resources to play in the 'major leagues' ( improving post ASML take over). Dynamic environment if you are coming in from a company outside the semiconductor industry. Management constantly operating in fire fighter mode vs being proactive... No structured problem solving methods, lean, six sigma, etc... Lots of decisions based on limited data with no statistical validation. All R&D efforts are focused on a single (but critical to the industry) product.

    Advice to Management

    Send management for leadership skills training.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Cool technology but people burn out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool technology. Plenty of opportunity to learn. Budgets are good and you will work with great people. Compensation is also good, especially when business is good.

    Cons

    Chaotic environment caused by sever technical challenges and optimistic commitments to customers. Too much turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep higher management longer to improve organizational stability


  11. Helpful (1)

    I had a good and often a challenging experience at Cymer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    While at Cymer, I met a lot of interesting people. Most of the time I was challenged and I learnt a lot. Enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    The Company could do more to provide hands on experience so that new people could be more productive and effective team members, much sooner.

    Advice to Management

    Have a proactive and effective training programs.



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