FormFactor Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
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  1. Simple and friendly work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    you only need to do you job well, don't need to worry about others.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work is not so challenging.

  2. Niche market for Probe card technology

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 Management

    A 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...

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

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at FormFactor as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries and excellent work environment

    Cons

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

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  5. Helpful (2)

    A roller coaster ride.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some people are really smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Many management folks don't understand what they are managing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of more Directors and Senior Directors and VP and the SVP

  6. Great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer. Need management shake-up or tear-down.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    This is a great environment for an entry level mechanical engineer or ME with 3-5 years of experience in the electronics industry. Mechanical designs are done in-house and production is on site. It's great to see one of my designs go from CAD drawings and solid models to finished products within a few days to weeks. The complexity of the probe card industry has increased over the last ten years that I worked at FF. This bodes well since FF is at the leading edge of the probe card technology.

    Cons

    The pay is below average for the probe card manufacturer even though the company is within the top ten in the industry. Management ranges from "great-to-work-with" to "stay-the-heck-away-from" to "can't-do-my-job-unless-I-play-by-their-rules." Vacation and sick is satisfactory ever since paid-time-off became the norm. The recent merger with MicroProbe (in Carlsbad) introduced longer working hours (which is bad for those who are salaried). Bonus pay has been lousy for the lower level employees, but great for managers and higher-ups (which has caused much consternation among the proles). Not much room to move up (promotions are nearly non-existent). Pay raises are low.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers need serious training on how to deal with their subordinate employees in a respectful and diplomatic manner.

  7. Good people there!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

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

    Pros

    Love the reverse commute from Fremont!

    Cons

    Company not doing very well, tough business.

  8. Company is not making profit

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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Managers are good, busy most of the time

    Cons

    Company 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 Management

    know how to make profit and how to treat the cream engineers in the company

  9. what is going on?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor 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

    This is a decent company

    Cons

    this company is slowing down

  10. Productive, lot of responsibility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good manager at FFI. among other thigns

    Cons

    difficult team, among other things

  11. Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good People and some managers are good

    Cons

    Too many lay offs. No security

    Advice to Management

    Thin upper management

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