Veeco Instruments

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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
46 Reviews
2.4
46 Reviews
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Veeco Instruments CEO and Director John R. Peeler
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  1.  

    High-tech company with decent culture and good compensation

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director  in  Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Marketing Director in Santa Barbara, CA

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

    Pros

    Exciting technology. Dynamic market. High level professionals. World leader in AFM. Wide variety of other technologies: film deposition, epitaxy, optical and AFM metrology. Clear business and industry orientation.

    Cons

    Not that many Cons. May be a bit too much politics where it should not be. Sometimes unclear distribution of duties and chain of comand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess a bit more transparency in decision making and less politics will be beneficial for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not the worst employer

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

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent salary, vacation and benefits. Working with people creating amazing technology.

    Cons

    Upper management seems overly concerned with the shareholders and market perceptions. A truly successful company would make them happier. Need the courage and finding to complete new projects in a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finish what you start. You have great people willing for you who love what they do and would give you amazing products if allowed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always in the dark and wore too many hats!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, matching 401K, flexibility, can work from home, free coffee.

    Cons

    Selling products before they are designed. Major pressure and stress to complete the tasks to design/manufacture prior to shipping tools. Everything is a fire and urgent every single hour of everyday. Transition to market is too fast. Very limited resources and we wear many hats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate to your employees and actually listen to them and give feedback. When we got a new GM he did not even address our site! Too many upper management upstairs just running into eachother. Not engaging the workers at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, challenging work, hard to advance

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments

    Pros

    Great group of individuals to work with. Challenging work and always supported to learn new skills. Feel welcomed and great atmosphere for team driven work.

    Cons

    Hard to find opportunities to advance in the company without PHD. Feels like lots of management for an equivalent number of workers at times.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments

    Pros

    Technology that is changing the world, excellent leadership team that manages the business well, very smart, dedicated coworkers, market leadership in every product category, advancement opportunities, high-performance culture.

    Cons

    This is the capital equipment business, where volatility is expected. You've got to roll with the changes in direction and strategy and be flexible. Contribute to solutions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication, transparency, and leadership by example. Keep up the great work.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Average Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Technology Intern  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Process Technology Intern in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are very nice. You learn from the experienced individuals in the field. The work was interesting, kept you involved.

    Cons

    Environment is boring, quiet. Many meetings but not too many solutions. Many have a very thick accent, sometimes hard to understand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep a consistent pace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    "Stay away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY

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

    Pros

    The only good thing is that you may learn something about the tools. It may help you to get a job on the customer side, hopefully.

    Cons

    First of all, they don't have formal training even safety training. Too many layers in management, your manager screens information keeping you in the dark, therefore there is no way you get the bigger picture so that you don't have a way to innovate. Also on the other hand, all the credit is taken by your manager and when it is time to lay off people, you manager can get you out easily. This kind of culture kills all the creativity. That is also why they have a lot of projects, few of them are successful. They don't care about your career at all. When the stock market is screwed, it is time for you to move on. It is also a place racially divided. All the management do is acquiring. There is not much long-term new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We are human beings, not just a number, or numbers. Treat people as people please.

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

    Great technology to learn. Very hardworking and dedicated team!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    An awesome learning experience, a great team.

    Cons

    long work hours sometimes. Need more staff to distribute the work load

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to improve in covering the market segment for effectively

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Painful...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and bonus program..

    Cons

    Management! Not 'work class' or 'state of the art' need overall from top to bottom or the future will bring doom...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get smart! Take some action! Replace the far too many VPs, Sr. Directors/Directors we have, the layers of management are not efficient, consolidate the business entities it's a drain on resources and travel the operational budgets are too high for the size company Veeco is or wants to be, the operations and supply chain organizations are out of the stone ages. Hold the leaders of these areas accountable!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good learning, senior management is clueless

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities if you are smart
    Work life balance
    Decent pay for the area
    Good camaraderie

    Cons

    4 layoffs in 16 months
    Business is highly fluctuative
    Senior management constantly in flux

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Own up to your successes and failures.
    Don't just expect problems to go away or play politics to shift things around.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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