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    Working for Intevac Inc. was a great experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Intevac full-time (more than 10 years)


    Intevac Inc. is filled with great people and the company culture is laid back. Moral was up and down in the 10 years I spent there, but it was mostly up as everyone was engaged with work and lived fulfilled lives. The benefits package was decent; including profit sharing, free gym membership, and educational reimbursement. There was also opportunities to come in and make some extra money--that really helps.

    Intevac also provides PTO (Paid Time Off) based on seniority, so if an employee has been an employee for five years, they get 6 hours of PTO every two weeks. In 10 years of service, it goes up to 8 hours of PTO every two weeks. The PTO is accruable up to 400 hours and they actually let you use it... as long as you are not involved in something with a critical deadline.

    There was a yearly review process that allowed for predictable opportunities for advancement, as well as a clear path forward on what is expected in the different levels. Each level was outlined clearly with the skills required for the title and he pay scales for each level.

    Safety is priority number one, if anyone suspects something is not safe, they immediately halt the work to investigate the problem. If you get injured on the job, even the slightest, the health and safety engineer comes and evaluates the situation and suggests improvements to make the work safer. The benefits package includes life insurance and full disability coverage in case something bad happens. Fortunately, I never knew anyone that took advantage of the life insurance, but I knew a few that used the disability and they said it worked great.

    Best of all, the engineering projects were diverse and really kept the work interesting and something to look forward to. I learned something new everyday working for this company. No one I knew spoke negatively about the company except when it came to upper management.


    There were many projects going on at once at Intevac, and the pressure to succeed was great. Often I would be moved from one thing to the next, sometimes multiples times a day. When a deadline is looming, everyone is really stressed and the pressure increases greatly causing a very mild mannered person to become the most frustrating person you have ever met.

    As my time came near towards the end, the company was experiencing greater and greater hardship and some of the benefits that were so nice started getting the ax. Worst of all to get the ax was the 401k match. It was 1/2 of what the employee contributed, but still valuable.

    There is also political struggles within the upper management that just make you go "WTF?" it seems some people are just not satisfied until they have it all. Ultimately my position was terminated due to a political struggle. Often these political struggles caused moral to dip and increased stress. Every February seemed to be the time when people got laid off, and there would be a dark cloud hanging over the entire company until the lay off. Every year.

    More than 5 employees that I know of have heart problems, or stress related illnesses. There were also multiple nervous breakdowns that occurred in my time there.

    Luckily the new CEO is starting to right the ship, but hopefully it is not too late.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being a-holes.

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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Intevac in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview process for me began with a phone interview with the hiring manager. This interview lasted approximately 20 minutes. If you pass this portion, you will receive a call from HR scheduling you to come in for an in person meeting. The interview process at the point consisted of an interview with (1) the VP of HR, (2) a Department Counterpart or someone you can expect to be working with during your day to day, (3) the Hiring Manger (aka, your potential new boss), and (4) an Executive Member (for marketing this would be the CMO, finance would be the CFO).

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    • Tell me about a decision (or job function) you made that was a mistake - What did you learn from that mistake?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not a good fit.

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Headquarters Santa Clara, CA
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded 1990
Type Company - Public (IVAC)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

Intevac's sputtering doesn't stem from a speech impediment. The company's Equipment division manufactures sputtering systems that deposit alloy films onto hard-disk drives; the films magnetize the drives and thus enable them to record information. The Equipment division also makes disk lubrication systems and sputterers used to make flat-panel displays. Intevac's Photonics division develops sensitive electro-optical devices used in night vision equipment and handheld materials identification instruments. Top customers include Seagate, Fuji Electric, Hitachi Global Storage... More

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