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Veeco Instruments CEO and Director John R. Peeler
John R. Peeler
4 Ratings

Pros
  • For quite a stretch the profit sharing checks were generous (in 5 reviews)

  • High tech company with a lot of problems (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management did not stand up for me against the customer which were using me as a contract negotiation tactic (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    A soul crushing company with a quarter by quarter business plan

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    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology Good team environment at engineer level Pay well, but they have to

    Cons

    Poor work life balance Confrontational non supportive executive team Clique of a few senior executives who protect each other and can do no wrong Not diversified and focused on highly cyclical market It you relocate, you are going to be an end entered servant for 2-3 years with poor annual raises until the payback period is over Significant voluntary and involuntary turnover at all levels - layoffs are an annual or more frequent occurrence - worked for 5 different VP/GMs over 6 years

    Advice to Management

    1) Replace a few senior executives who foster the conflict 2) Diversify for stable growth 3) Survey your employees to see what their perceptions are then act to improve your company and policies. 4) Focus on your customers


  2. Helpful (1)

    Unstable working environment

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    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Product Design Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nice work partners, nice people

    Cons

    Prepare to get laid off at any time. Very unstable working environment. If has a project, company will hire people; no project, company laid off people. People comes and goes for all of time. Do not expect yearly salary inflation increase. If your salary is not decreased, you are lucky.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Are you kidding!? Don't waste your time unless all you want to do is work there for maybe 6 months to 1 year.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Veeco Instruments

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

    Pros

    Nice start off salary within any part of the company

    Cons

    Micro-managing upon Micro-managing upon Micro-managing of tasks and employees all the way down the chain. Until the buck stops where it stops. Get rid of employees when management makes bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Manufacturing companies such as yours needs to focus on their employees and the market to keep competitive and employees happh. Wasting time thinking that companies would be CAPITAL EQUIPMENT each year is very very stupid if you ask me coming from any type of college graduate with a sense of business. Come on!!


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  5. If you have other employment options, take them!

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    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Salary is average with industry. Profit sharing is above average

    Cons

    Too many politics in the company. Managers and Directors do not support their employees. Definitely a "good old boy" environment. In my situation the manager was very unprofessional, would send inappropriate emails and loudly criticize his employees in a small office where everyone would hear his ranting. Same manager later promoted to Director and still at Veeco, so Veeco must promote this type of behavior.

    Advice to Management

    Closely review your managers. Get inputs from their employees.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Plainview, NY

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

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (2)

    Painful...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Somerset, NJ

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

    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!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Looking at Veeco? Keep looking.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Santa Barbara is a great place to live.

    Cons

    Management is clueless and detached. Reorganizations seem to occur regularly at six month intervals, and these lead to three problems: 1. Projects get lost in the shuffle. As an engineer, you have no confidence that what you work on will still be considered a priority in six month's time. 2. Every reorg seems to introduce yet another layer of management. Even as a senior engineer, I'm still five layers from the top. More and more of my time is spent generating reports so that all of my bosses will look productive. 3. Management (especially the newest members) don't seem to know much about the technology they are supposed to be driving. Admittedly, it's arcane stuff, but there's no excuse.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and try to figure out why people are leaving the company.



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