Asyst Technologies
2.7 of 5 11 reviews
www.asyst.com Fremont, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 21, 2014

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    lack of process and communication within organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsGreat people, nice salary, growth potential was good

    Consno communication, management conflicts, strife

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Okay Company, many struggles to survive in industry.

    Senior Finance Manager (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsI had a great manager and many opportunities.

    ConsOther managers not as strong and not guided from the top down. The Company struggled to make money and stay in business the entire time I was there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMaterials and supplier management essential.

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    Promising company and products with poor leadership and lack of accountability

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    Pros- Worldwide name recognition with some promising products.
     - Leadership position within some of its product market segment niches.
     - Some very talented employees (but disfunctional due to lack of proper direction).

    Cons- Poor management structure and leadership with lack of accountability for employees and middle level management (and possibly senior management?).
     - No yearly strategic planning effort (no agreed upon direction for product lines).
     - Lack of consistency in the decision making process for whether a project is a go or not (i.e. Business Plan, ROI analysis).
     - Poor integration/communication between Japan and Fremont teams/groups.
     - Engineering driven, no market/customer needs driven company (i.e. build it and they will come).

    Advice to Senior Management1) Better structure and process in place (or at least more consistant) before deciding to take on a new project and spend a significant amount or resources/money.
    2) More accountability for its employees.
    3) Become a market driven company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New Product Engineering

    Engineering (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsGood supervision with clear direction. Problem statements were descriptive. Deadlines were reasonable.

    ConsTime was too tightly controlled with little inter team cooperation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow employees to more freely interact with other teams to further company goals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bankruptcy was appropriate given the business mgmt capability of Asyst

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsThe people making up Asyst are willing (but not all are sufficiently skilled) to undertake their work's content. There is, however, a prevalent lack of accountability in the organization for low performance

    ConsChaotic product development processes; discouragement of personal initiative was caused by unprofessional negative critical comments. Little if an coaching was exhibited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBusiness Processes - especially customer-facing & market validation - were absent; this is surprising give that Steve Schwartz, CEO, has an MBA

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Asyst - the good, the bad, the very ugly

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsAsyst had an extensive product line which are used in major semiconductor fabs worldwide. If you mastered most of the product line, you can use this knowledge easily in other jobs.

    Technical employees are well-trained.

    ConsManagement did not seem to get it. Instead of focusing in on core competences, they simply outsourced manufacturing losing a great deal of core competence. Instead of focusing in on profitable products, the focuses in on products that didn't seem to have a good fit in the industry.

    Too many layers of management for the number of rank of file employees.

    Asyst recently went bankrupt but is still operating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your core employees. Cut your managment staff by 80% and re-hire core engineers and technicians to service your current installed base.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Proactive financial planning could of prevented chapter 11.

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent place to work, overtime manageable. Not stellar as far as cutting edge but good people worked there.

    ConsIt filed chapter 11. More innovation was needed, better money management obviously.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay better attention to financials and market conditions.

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    Too top Heavy

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsThe pay is pretty good for the industry but don't expect any pay raises.

    ConsToo management top heavy. there is 1.1 managers and above to every non-management.

    Advice to Senior Managementthe is no need for managers that do not have any subordinates and only manage a task. Listen to the people that are actually working along side the customer. The have a greater in site into the industry than the sale or marketing team.

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    Asyst offered many challenges and rewards as a critical supplier of robotics machinery to top-tier companies + customers

    Director (Current Employee)

    Pros1. High technology involvement with top-tier customers
    2. Immediate feedback and involvement with critical semi-conductor technologies.

    Cons1. Exceptionally competitive field as component supplier to OEMs.

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    Missed Opportunites

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Sound strategy

    - Credibility with customers

    - Largest market share in its space

    - Management made a point of communicating frequently

    Cons- Weak financial infrastructure

    - Split loyalties in Japan offices

    - Inconsistent execution of strategy and business plan

    - Poor cash management

    Advice to Senior ManagementFailure of responsible executives to meet critical objectives must be confronted and punished. Don't be so patient. Put Japan on a shorter leash.

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