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Updated Feb 5, 2014

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3.0 33 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis

Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis

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36% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    There's potential.. senior management is too busy to invest in their employees..

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Livermore, CA

    Prospeople are generally nice and helpful.. the lab is very well prepared.. the cafeteria and the gym are very cool..

    Conssenior management is too busy to invest in their employees.. and the company has no direction.. it's very reactive to the competition..

    Advice to Senior Managementpay attention to your employees.. invest in their learning.. share your vision with the engineering teams.. a little less politics would be nice..

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    Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsCompensation was average to above average and benefits were average to above average. Relatively laid back working environment. Very structured and efficient production environment.

    ConsNot the highest level of technical ability, there were some very good people and some very poor people technically. If you are competent you can advance. style valued over substance by management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on accomplishments and not activity or presentations. Value people of value, not people who sound like they have value. Eliminating dead weight will help with cost savings and efficiency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management needs to get it together

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsPeer to peer relationship. Some excited young guys work here.

    ConsManagement doesn't really know where the company is heading

    Advice to Senior ManagementBudget smartly, keep the current people happy and continuously challenged.

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    Not the right place for everyone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsTechnically challenging if working on the right projects, smart colleagues, informal atmosphere

    ConsGrew big and successful too fast, Lack of systems and organization, frenzy of fast-paced development work instead of doing it right the first time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter organization and clearer communication on details (not just high level)

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    A missed opportunity!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsInteresting technology and smart coworkers.

    ConsNot much strategic direction fromsenior management. It does not seem that the management cares much about the employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRefocus the company on product excellence during this downturn. Drve product development thorugh a realstic development process.

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    About drinking from the firehose and firefighting

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Livermore, CA

    ProsTechnology is very good and unique, work in general is interesting and dynamic, very talented and capable technical people. Although work load may not allow it at present, management is supportive of work-life balance as a principal. Fundamentally in a good niche market with high long term potential

    ConsScrambling to regain market share, many parallel technical efforts being pushed without adequate staffing and resources - too hectic and dynamic. Attrition is getting to be high,
    and in a place where systems are not in place, that is a significant loss of know-how, making it difficult for the persons remaining to carry on. Company grew too fast for its own good.
    Company prefers to getting outsiders (from more established companies) for key leadership positions rather than growing employees from within.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to be more customer friendly,
    Develop and promote from within,
    Invest in systems to reduce inefficiencies and costly errors.
    Develop competency in other areas in addition to spring technology.

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    Short, Exciting at Beginning, A complete let-down thereafter

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExciting Technology and Great commercial potential.

    ConsInconsistent direction, ok strategies but bad follow-thru'. Significant issue with implementation

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay true to course. Be consistent - changing directions destroy creditbility and undermine morale

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    It's ok

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmall city, close to cafe.

    ConsFar away, traffic is bad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove it to Dublin.

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