Cymer

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Cymer Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
80 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • successful company with cutting edge technology (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Send management for leadership skills training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cool technology but people burn out.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in San Diego, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep higher management longer to improve organizational stability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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 (less than an 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Interesting Technology

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Equipment Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (more than an 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not as rewarding as most would suspect.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (less than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, neat product that nobody has heard of

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and compensation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people , overall good company

    Cons

    cant think of one , overall very good company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting technical challenges, dynamic work environment, long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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