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FormFactor Reviews

Updated February 2, 2015
Updated February 2, 2015
15 Reviews
3.2
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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Livermore, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Good 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    So So

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Excellent technical staff, interesting technology

    Cons

    unrealistic top down schedules from management, top heavy organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people there!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Love the reverse commute from Fremont!

    Cons

    Company not doing very well, tough business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company is not making profit

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    what is going on?

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

    Pros

    This is a decent company

    Cons

    this company is slowing down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Productive, lot of responsibility

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    good manager at FFI. among other thigns

    Cons

    difficult team, among other things

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Good People and some managers are good

    Cons

    Too many lay offs. No security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thin upper management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Management needs to get it together

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management doesn't really know where the company is heading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budget smartly, keep the current people happy and continuously challenged.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not the right place for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Grew 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 ManagementAdvice

    Better organization and clearer communication on details (not just high level)

    Approves of CEO

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