Veeco Instruments Reviews

Updated May 3, 2015
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Veeco Instruments CEO and Director John R. Peeler
John R. Peeler
9 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. Great Salary but minimal learning

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer Level I in Somerset, NJ
    Current Employee - Software Engineer Level I in Somerset, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Above average salary, some of the folks are very intellectual and amazing teachers!

    Cons

    Very Political Even though there are very smart people working with you, everyone holds their knowledge so you're learning curve is pretty flat. There is no training program for a new hiree, and way too many contractors and they hold their knowledge so very difficult to learn Repetitive work

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Helpful (2)

    Needs a new CEO

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Plainview, NY

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

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

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    A good experience and slack life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Sr. Electrical design engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Develop a new research equipment

    Advice to Management

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


  8. Good Business - Bad Location

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, smart technical people

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good place to tread water

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mistake

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

    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

    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 Management

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


  11. 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)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor management strategy and long-term vision.



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