Cree Reviews

Updated July 22, 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)

    Innovative

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Files a lot of patents

    Cons

    Very competitive industry - management focus drifting from product quality


  2. Helpful (1)

    Cree

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree

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

    Pros

    Fast moving company, cutting-edge of science

    Cons

    too many overworked people, no work-life balance, not much development of their emplyees


  3. Helpful (4)

    Grass is greener on the other side

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    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Cree is meh

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    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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    The Black Hole

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    Current Employee - Optical Applications Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Optical Applications Engineer in Durham, NC

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

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

    Pros

    Really good people work there, management needs to shape up and fly right. Benefits are OK but better at other companies. Management only helps their selves.

    Cons

    No work life balance, management needs to train their people. Too much overworked people benefits are OK but better at other places. Top management does not care at all about the workers but how much money they can put in their pockets.

    Advice to Management

    Get a life and a new job some where else, go back to our values that were started in the beginning, this is not Texas Instruments.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Avoid

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - NorthCarolina in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - NorthCarolina in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time

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

    Pros

    none, except a paycheck that cannot pay your bills every 2 weeks

    Cons

    no living wage, long hours company shoves people to one job , then another. discriminates against certain ages and races

    Advice to Management

    pay your employees a living wage-treat your bread winners better.


  8. Growth happens hard sonerimes

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    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.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Night Shift Engineer

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    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.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Dogged the layoff!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I Still have a paycheck.

    Cons

    Still have to work at Cree to get it.

    Advice to Management

    None. They don't want it.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Persistent Growing Pains

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    • 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.



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