FormFactor
3.0 of 5 32 reviews
www.formfactor.com Livermore, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 11, 2014

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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis

Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Niche market for Probe card technology

Senior Principal Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than 5 years

ProsContinuous learning from different process is limitless! Challenging! Nice gym!

ConsNot profitable 3 years in a row, continue to downsize and cost reduction. Uncertain. Support 24/7 and weekends. Stress level is high.Politicking is huge.Good working employees have been laid off or resign. No loyalty and does not protect good employees. If your good in 'talking' and presenting and NOT working it's a good place to be, just need to jump in on every email thread and talk the talk but not walk the walk this is a good place to be...

Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of floating Directors, Staff Engineers and Senior Principals that need to streamlines and who really does NOT go in the line or inside Fab. Not deserving of the salaries in regards with their outputs.Need to flash out the employees that every time in the PC and nothing to give to the company...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Overall ok, need better strategic direction from management to direct the hardwork to meaningful results

Process Engineer (Current Employee)
Livermore, CA

I have been working at FormFactor full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIndependence and flexibility to work, opportunity to be involved in multiple areas, lot on learning in a quick time and more challenges

ConsGood work not always gets credit, politics and finger pointing increased over years, used to have many good people, but mostly have left, talking skills dominate over actual output in career growth. Too many layoffs and company not making profit for last 5 years

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better focus of goals from management and better channeling of efforts and appreciate good work on merit basis. The bureaucracy needs to be reduced. Business model needs to be reassessed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company is not making profit

Senior Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Livermore, CA

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

ProsManagers are good, busy most of the time

ConsCompany does not know how to make profit, low salary for post 2009 hires, <5K bonus even on offer letter they say 17%, no RSU, stocks are stagnant in past 2 years

Advice to Senior Managementknow how to make profit and how to treat the cream engineers in the company

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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what is going on?

Senior Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Livermore, CA

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

ProsThis is a decent company

Consthis company is slowing down

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Productive, lot of responsibility

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FormFactor

Prosgood manager at FFI. among other thigns

Consdifficult team, among other things

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

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Great place to work if you don't want to commute to SF or SJ.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FormFactor as a contractor for less than a year

ProsCompetitive Salaries and excellent work environment

ConsNot a place for people who don't take much initiative in their work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at FormFactor

ProsGood People and some managers are good

ConsToo many lay offs. No security

Advice to Senior ManagementThin upper management

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

I have been working at FormFactor

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

I have been working at FormFactor

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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About drinking from the firehose and firefighting

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Livermore, CA

I have been working at FormFactor

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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