Cree Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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Pros
  • Excellent and competitive benefits, including ESPP and stock options (in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits and clean enviroment (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is nonexistent (in 17 reviews)

  • compensation is not as good as i thought; no work life balance; push employee to work long hour with large amount of work (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Grass is greener on the other side

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Cree has some of the best benefits you can ask for. Medical/dental by BCBS of NC. 401k matched to the typical industry standard of 6%.Stock purchase plan is great for those who take advantage of it. 8 holidays is slightly higher then the industry standard.

    People who work at Cree for the most part are great. There are really intelligent people at the company who are eager to share knowledge.

    You typically stay busy and it makes the time go by fast.

    Ability to get your name out there for professional networking.

    Typically the pay is on scale within NC. Industry comparison is considerably low.

    Dress policy is very loose.

    Clean room policy is laughable and loose. See people all the time with face mask down by the chin, no safety glasses on.

    Cons

    There were a lot of gaps in communication. Groups didn't communicate very well with one another and often blamed one another instead of working together for the benefit of the company as a whole.

    Direct managers were not well trained on detailed operations and procedures. Some managers denied paid vacation times for hourly employees.

    No training program for new technicians. Techs were hired with no prior industry experience, sometime not even knowing basic hand tools and their functions.

    Tools to complete the task at hand were hard to find and not easily accessible. Company would not spend money on hand tools to fix equipment.

    Company must pay osha under the table. The safety violations in every one of the factories is astonishing. Cree does not care at all about employee safety. They went as far as to remove the calcium calgonate from areas that have fluoride. Regular maintenance PMs that have been known to cause cancer and Cree does not provide respirators to the technicians performing the PM.

    Limited opportunity to grow within the company. Management often blocks applications to other positions.

    Advice to Management

    Safety needs to be a value not priority.

    Train the new people.

    Work together not in individual groups who blame one another.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Cree is meh

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Laboratory Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Engineering Laboratory Technician in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Cree part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Lots of smart people at the company. Lots of cool people at the company. Cool technology being worked on.

    Cons

    Focus on projects sometimes misplaced.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better entrance into company aside from redirecting to the online portal.


  3. Growth happens hard sonerimes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Does a lot for its employees. Summer parties for all of your family, Black tie winter party for employee and guest, restaurant quality cafe, full service fitness center.
    Excellent growth potential. Exciting opportunities.
    Not boring.

    Cons

    Needs to improve longer term planning.
    Growing pains.

    Advice to Management

    Newer management is making hard but good decisions that will allow company to continue to grow. Older management could benefit by accepting new ways to get old things done and by seeing the old way isn't necessarily the best way.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Night Shift Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time

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

    Pros

    - Comp and benefits were great for an entry level position
    - Casual work environment (no dress code, refer to managers by their first name)
    - A lot to learn on the job

    Cons

    The schedule I was on was a complete nightmare. Had to work 2PM - 12AM on Tuesday - Saturday, which means I had no social life whatsoever. That's also a minimum of 50 hours per week, but I rarely got out on time, so it was closer to 60 hours. There is no room to move up the ladder unless you brown nose your superiors and ignore everything but your job. Don't get suckered in by the benefits package unless you're willing to trade your work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that night shift sucks and that stress kills productivity. Maybe try working nights for a week.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Persistent Growing Pains

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garner, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garner, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good medical benefits and employee stock plan benefits. Good on-site café and great on site fitness center.

    Cons

    Leadership is thin with no succession planning. Incentive compensation is very low. Cannot get past US-centric mentality. Starting to lose its ability to compete for talent locally as well as nationally.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Room for Improvement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree

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

    Pros

    Nice fitness center, knowledgable techs/operators in some areas

    Cons

    Hours suck, management suck, zero communication, non-competitive pay

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your staff, treat them as they add value. The way you see them is a reflection of you.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Making "diamond's" requires both heat and pressure = Cree

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cree uses a wide range of technologies, resources, and manufacturing methodologies so if you are willing and able, there is no shortage of opportunities for learning, employment, and excelling.
    Cross- and multi-functional skillset individuals will love it here

    Cons

    There are some REALLY archaic technologies that are still in use.
    Additionally, the company will give plenty of opportunities to let you work yourself into burnout if YOU let it.


  9. High Performers Only

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Scientist in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    High standards, results oriented, aggressive goals, strong company

    Cons

    long hours, leadership concerns, turnover in technical positions,

    Advice to Management

    Reduce turnover in technical positions


  10. Helpful (1)

    Shift Lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck every pay period

    Cons

    No growth in the company

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees to resolve issues


  11. Helpful (8)

    Flee from Cree

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Fuquay-Varina, NC
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Fuquay-Varina, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Resume filler, the opportunity to learn something new about the LED industry. Consistent paycheck, sometimes meaning being forced to take PTO to match other departments that temporarily shut down. People like the benefits, however they're only mediocre and not worth the stress. Fitness test are even required now for a lower cost health insurance.

    Cons

    Everything. Cree is a terrible place to work. Management has no idea what they are doing and they're quick to use employees to enact they're political schemes. Small raises with a guarantee that they'll find any way possible to pay you as little as possible. They search mostly for college graduates with no prior employment so they can hire them on board at a cheap rate. They expect you to invest one-hundred percent of your life into Cree with no rewards beyond a small couple percentile raise each year usually smaller than inflation itself. They hate to hear any mentions of unions and pretend to care until any effort to form one stops. High stress with very long hours. Operators, Technicians, and Engineers alike are all treated with as little care as possible. Upper management has little to no contact with they're lower tiered employees. CEO meetings are not even held in person anymore. This company exists in the US and overseas but wants very hard to operate at the cost of it's foreign counterparts. It's a good job to have for no longer than one year. Go, learn, and LEAVE fast. It only gets worse. Everything is designed to benefit only the 9-5 upper-management. Fitness Center, Cafeteria, Work Schedule, Benefits, Compensation, and Priority all benefit and work in favor to the regular scheduled upper management. And don't expect to ever change departments or promote beyond a Technician or Operator anymore at CREE it's impossible unless you suck up to someone higher or get a higher education.

    Advice to Management

    Manage and if you can't do that then quit. Give your positions to people who actually know how to manage. Stop trying to screw over all of your employees. Take the time to actually understand who and what you are managing. Make an effort to actually build a viable team. You have many intelligent and skilled employees who work for you. Reward your employees. Listen to your employees. Quit giving people the run-around when they ask direct questions. Quit taking away small benefits that helped employees get through their long shifts. Stop creating stress and devaluing employees who once enjoyed working at CREE.



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