Veeco Instruments

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Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
52 Reviews
3.0
52 Reviews
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Veeco Instruments CEO and Director John R. Peeler
John R. Peeler
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Profit sharing program is very generous (in 5 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management constantly in flux (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management seems overly concerned with the shareholders and market perceptions (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Needs a new CEO

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY

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

    Pros

    Motivated employees, potential for growth.

    Cons

    CEO is widely rumored to be an alcoholic. Much of the senior staff has recently left for other companies as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Veeco needs a new CEO due to the substance abuse problem of John Peeler. This is a public company and the shareholder's interests are not being protected under these circumstances. Given that the man needs treatment, he should resign his post. This is a shameful situation that ought to be rectified.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good experience and slack life

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people in general. Most people work for technology related engineering without too much paper work.

    Cons

    I agree with profound lack of vision and leadership at the engineering group.
    Maybe CEO doesn't think it is important to get engineer's trust. because frequent laid off.

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

    Always in the dark and wore too many hats!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Veeco Instruments full-time (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  

    I've had 6 managers, 6 HR directors, exp 10 layoffs and 5 GM's is less than 9 years.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility with working hours. Can travel to see the world. Work with some very good and interesting people.

    Cons

    No formal training, micro managing, never promote internally, Does not build tools to customer satisfaction. Poor product management. Hires too many chiefs with no Indians. Too much internal finger pointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the workers. Promote from within!!! Need ALOT of vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Sr. Electrical design engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule.
    provide a good snack(fruit).

    Cons

    Develop a new research equipment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company have failed to present a vision of future and individual ability to individual.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Business - Bad Location

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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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart technical people

    Cons

    business acumen is lacking, decisions take forever, tons of starts and stops

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consolidate the businesses, create a fundamental engineering team to work across all platforms and be more decisive and communicate more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to tread water

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

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and great technology. Broadly skilled employees provide a friendly work environment. Profit sharing program is very generous.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement or career development. Leadership is cliquey. Organization Is top heavy and good ideas lay fallow due to lack of resources to execute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus the organization outwardly. Too much time and energy is spent internally. You should remove at least 1 layer of middle management to improve communication

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mistake

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

    I worked at Veeco Instruments full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salaries with good incentive plan when business is doing well, competitive benefits, very smart Engineering team who are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Lots of change in leadership and in company direction, poor communication, very short sighted with business strategy, tons of turnover and constant layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage with your teams and listen to their feedback, communicate more frequently and honestly, enforce the values and culture you talk about

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    employee

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    Current Employee - Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Somerset, NJ

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

    Pros

    Technically challenging work environment and room for innovation. Professional manufacturing team

    Cons

    Poor management strategy and long-term vision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    employee just a standard part

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    The employer feel they can find and replace the employee easily from market, when the production ramping up, they will try to hire the employee aggressively, even provide good incentive to attract the people to join, like sign on bonus, and then just provide the basic product training to start the work; but they will lay them off without hesitate when the business slow down

    Cons

    bad reputation in the market will make the company to get the people more difficult and difficult, and make talent employee in the company looking for stable opportunity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employee as an important component for success, create a home like culture, encourage the creative, vision for long term

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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