FormFactor

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FormFactor Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
35 Reviews
3.2
35 Reviews
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FormFactor CEO and Director Thomas (Tom) St. Dennis
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  1.  

    Too many VPs for a small company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Good products, ok culture, benefits & compensation

    Cons

    It's who you know and not what you know; Some PhD are useless, lack of industry experience and know how

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to implement employee survey; don't operate the company as if it's a large company

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    There's potential.. senior management is too busy to invest in their employees..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    FormFactor

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Management needs to get it together

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    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
  6.  

    Not the right place for everyone

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    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
  7.  

    A missed opportunity!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Livermore, CA

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Interesting technology and smart coworkers.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Refocus the company on product excellence during this downturn. Drve product development thorugh a realstic development process.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    About drinking from the firehose and firefighting

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Livermore, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Livermore, CA

    I have been working at FormFactor

    Pros

    Technology 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

    Cons

    Scrambling 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Exciting Technology and Great commercial potential.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to course. Be consistent - changing directions destroy creditbility and undermine morale

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It's ok

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FormFactor

    Pros

    Small city, close to cafe.

    Cons

    Far away, traffic is bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move it to Dublin.

    No opinion of CEO

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