Cymer Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
72 Reviews
2.9
72 Reviews
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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
  • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    I had a good and often a challenging experience at Cymer

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Have a proactive and effective training programs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Interesting Technology

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    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people and good technology

    Cons

    Facility is not up to industry standards

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work environment for people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awesome technology and some really great people; high stress and management with little foresight

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    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The pay is good for a corporate job. The environment is great if you're a self starter who can finish things quickly and honestly. There are TONS of smart people to learn from, so the experience you gain is top-tier.

    Cons

    Upper management has a hard time because the technology is so difficult and changing so rapidly. Very difficult company to apply a traditional upper management scheme to, and it is felt at lower levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Worry more about providing stability to the people beneath you instead of constantly focusing on making a good name for yourself within the upper ranks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not as rewarding as most would suspect.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Culture is good. Everyone seems to enjoy the casual atmosphere.

    Cons

    Noticeable backstabbing among employees. Very obvious to visitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be more visible to employees, and not only at company events.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, neat product that nobody has heard of

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer (Engineer III, Mechanical Design)  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer (Engineer III, Mechanical Design) in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The machines are cutting edge, and it's possible to get some good hands-on experience in their labs. Cymer is a diverse place, the people are smart and there is a generally casual attitude (jeans are normal attire for engineers.) There are opportunities here if you are interested in management roles. Cymer tends to pay well.

    Cons

    Cymer (and ASML, the parent company) rushes their designs too much. The majority of the 'real' design roles have disappeared from Cymer, and are handled by ASML in the Netherlands. I wouldn't recommend Cymer for design engineering experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and design a better product before sending it to customers. Thank you for paying your employees well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and compensation

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits – Cymer pays their employees a competitive salary, and has a great 401K + medical plan.

    Growth – I started off in a junior position and moved into a leadership role within a year. Cymer hires the best talent in the industry and gives opportunity to grow and expand roles and responsibilities if there is a willingness to work hard and learn.

    The People – I had the pleasure to work with some of the brightest engineers, scientists, and program managers in the industry at Cymer. Most people were willing to teach if there was a willingness to learn.

    Technology – Work on the bleeding edge of technology to enable future technology.

    Cons

    Work / Life Balance – Members of test + integration staff members work long hours at home and abroad. Management sends employees internationally without notice.

    Politics – Lots of infighting between managers. Senior management hordes information and trades it as bargaining chips.

    Culture – Witnessed the GM for a business unit refer to an engineering project manager as the “village idiot” on numerous occasions. The pace is extremely fast with a sharp learning curve and it can be difficult to learn the entire process. If you can become successful at Cymer, you can be successful at most other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate better between departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people , overall good company

    Cons

    cant think of one , overall very good company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting technical challenges, dynamic work environment, long hours

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Varied work. Opportunities for driven employees. Technically challenging.

    Cons

    Used to have excellent short and long term incentive plans, now more of a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use incentive plans to retain employees. Staff to improve work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    an ok company but don't expect too much as well

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    colleagues are able to share many informations & experiences so make work much easier

    Cons

    there is no room for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing because it is already brought over by asml

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good friendly work enviorment

    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    friendly, helpful staff, easy to work

    Cons

    less compensation compared to other companies

    Recommends

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