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Micron Technology Reviews

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
480 Reviews

3.2
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Micron Technology CEO and Director D. Mark Durcan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They overload you with work and never care about your work life balance (in 21 reviews)

  • Good people, good pay at higher levels, better if you're in an Engineering or Lead role (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • If you are embedded in operations or working in a global role, work-life balance is not guaranteed (in 22 reviews)

  • Employees are recognized for time of service and long hours as much or more than their performance (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fab Equipment Tech Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Technician  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Senior Equipment Technician in Boise, ID

    Pros

    OK pay- not good - just OK if you know how to negotiate for it, great benefits, good co-workers. 12 hour shifts mean nice long weekends.

    Cons

    Certain managers are oppressive, vindictive liars who engineer employee failure to make themselves look better. Rotating night/day shifts are very hard on employee morale and production efficiency. Micron likes to make low-ball offers to new prospective hires from outside the local area, claiming that 'Idaho cost of living is really low', which was a total fabrication, so be sure to compare your area's cost of living index against Boise's when considering a position here. For the past several years, Micron has been seeking to reduce costs by getting rid of experienced technicians and hiring new, cheap techs instead. Really sucks if you're the experienced guy or gal, maybe getting close to retirement, and Micron throws you out the door to save themselves a few bucks. They also periodically declare 'financial emergencies' and require employees to work unpaid overtime to 'save the company'. Management encourages devious work practices to attempt to maximize short-term profits where they should be working to operate in an ethical, legal, and honest manner to ensure long-term growth and profitability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start operating legally and morally instead of pushing the limits of what's right. Give employees a way to address problems with managers and give HR some teeth and the responsibility to uphold moral standards of business practice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overworked, underpaid, poorly managed, lacking in opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Manassas, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Manassas, VA

    Pros

    Location - close to Washington DC

    Cons

    Workload - a typical team is understaffed and overloaded with work. Typical complain is being unable to be on top of things. Shift personnel are untrained or lacking in ownership so they always seek first shift support or 'nod'.
    Management - or lack of it. Top-heavy, mostly white male. Some got their degrees from Phoenix, de Vry or some online 'school'. Management and leadership skills are acquired thru trial and error at the expense of employees.
    Promotion - very minimal. Needs attrition or know someone in upper management a 'la ole boys network
    Salary - not enough considering the cost of living here in Northern VA. Some companies in AZ offer the same salary despite lower cost of living.
    Business prospect - looks good ... for now. Samsung seems to be winning the business long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your workers are your lifeblood. Treat them well and learn to keep them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good old boys club

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Manassas, VA

    Pros

    Long weekends if you work in the fab. Makes it easy to plan trips out of town. Good first job for fresh college grads.

    Cons

    You don't move up if you aren't a part of the good old boys club. There's a lot of micromanaging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please trust your employees and stop micromanaging. Promote your people more often so they have a reason to stay.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stay away from Micron

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Finance in Boise, ID

    Pros

    Vacation time adds up quickly compared to most other companies but that is really about all I can say positive about Micron.

    Cons

    So poorly managed. All the way from the top down. Managers are not given training and incompetent people are put into manager positions. Most are not people persons. Environment does not value teamwork - everyone is out for themselves. Good people are forced out especially for not fitting into the good ol' boys network. Totally top heavy. All VP's are men. Very cyclical and layoffs happen every 3-5 years due to poor management and forecasting. Employees (for the most part) are not listened to. It is very rare to find someone that is content or happy. The entire environment is poisonous and not healthy. A lot of the negative comments on here are very accurate and true.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of always laying off the "worker bees," how about laying off some of the many layers of incompetent managers and starting over with fresh ideas. This company has the potential but until this very odd culture changes, this company will never be what it could be. Hire an outside consulting team to come in and revamp how this place is managed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company I ever worked for in my 20+ years. Total Micro-managing mentality.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Boise, ID

    Pros

    Truly can't think of many. Products aren't that innovative - DRAM is all standardized.
    Micron knows their Boise HQ based employees have nowhere else to work in high-tech and tamp down salaries and raises as a result.
    Layoffs frequent. Bonuses not frequent.

    Cons

    Company favors Mormons and lifers at Micron for upper management.
    Company is not a fan of Californians relocating to Boise to work for MU.
    Company secretly tracks every employees' website visits on company computers. Visit 1 personal website at work? It's tracked and grounds for termination under Micron policy resulting in ZERO unemployment bennies and separation pay.
    Company uses employees 'badging in' daily not for security but instead to actually compile # hours worked each and every workday. IF you fall below 40 hours worked in any week expect your manager to talk to you personally and issue a warning. Workout at work? Micron does not consider this in the 40 hours/week. Take conference calls off Micron grounds - ditto, not counted towards the 40 hour per week minimum.
    Company WILL terminate you and use weak reasons like "violated company policy by visiting 1+ personal website while on company time."
    Middle managers work their way up at MU often by screwing others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the Micromanaging.
    Stop the wrongful terminations for weak weak illegal reasons.
    You make a commodity product, save $$ in good times so you don't layoff tons of employees in bad times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many poison pills at Micron.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - They Will Destroy Me If They Knew  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - They Will Destroy Me If They Knew in Boise, ID

    Pros

    The airport is close. The highway is close. There are large coffee urns and filtered water machines.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant. Expected to protect and endorse the unskilled. Not allowed to think for yourself. Productivity is rare because of the self-identified mini-kings.Mgmt has their head in the sand. Never works to erradicate the problems in the organization which are poison pills that breed contempt and oppression. There is high-turnover. Top it off that all of the buildings have a septic smell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the malicious employees that ruin this company. They have been here too long and think they are gods.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    layers of middle management led by the good old boys and gals network. Very disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Boise, ID

    Pros

    Fresh food and salads are great!

    Cons

    Growth through acquisitions and global economy expansion Very old school middle management hanging on to receive very generous retirement benefits. I worked six + years here and quickly learned democracy ends at the door and fiefdoms and empires rule the day. Hoped for an entrepreneurial environment but only saw layers of middle management led by the good old boys / gals network. Very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve your listening skills you might be more successful as managers ...even if I feel there is no hope in Micron.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from Micron If you care about your personal/social life,

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Boise, ID

    Pros

    After working here, you won't find it hard to work anywhere else.

    Cons

    Mercenary managers.
    Estimates become commitments.
    Self imposed unreasonable deadlines.
    Lack of integrity. Being honest about the scope of work can hurt you under the pretext that you don't show bias for action.
    Whatever you do is not enough. You have to believe there is room for delivering more and work extra hours to deliver more.
    Your work day doesn't end when you leave the office. It spans over your evenings and weekends - until you leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    spend at least 2% of the hiring effort in keeping existing people happy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    International student applicants with MS/PhD don't get EB-2 green card sponsorship

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

    Pros

    pays the bills, sponsors green card

    Cons

    Takes a long time to process green cards even if you have an MS or PhD because you'll get an EB3. ... And while you're an H1-B employee, your salary will be lower than industry average, promotions very unlikely, and almost no skills to add in your resume. (For instance, your job will be dispositioning lots, following lots of rules and procedures, helping out repairing tools ... all of which are very basic and does not add anything valuable to your resume (i.e. process design). But can you quit?? Hell no! because once you do that, you'll be out of status or risk restarting your green card application from square 1.

    Also, the company is moving its operations to Singapore and Japan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your international workers fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micron, Boise is old school. And not in a good way

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is great. Living in Boise has it's benefits

    Cons

    Work is unsatisfying, good ideas are not rewarded. In Boise, Idaho, management views employees as being lucky to have a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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