Cree Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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90 Ratings

Pros
  • Excellent and competitive benefits, including ESPP and stock options (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits ,3 weeks vacation to start, 401K, really good health insurance plans (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There's really bad work/life balance and then there's Cree (in 17 reviews)

  • No Work/Life Balance, No Career Development, Poor Managers & Senior Leaders, No Team Work or Collaboration (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    decent company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Operator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Operator in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good benifits nice people to work with

    Cons

    too many hrs and very long hours

    Advice to Management

    no advancement . too many cheif not enough indians

  2. Helpful (3)

    Creative but not efficient

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Very talented group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Business operations are not integrated and often have conflicting or competing goals. Management culture is controlling and brutal. Pressures and expectations drive bad decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Although it is neat to make all of the postings on social media about positive culture - time to live it.

  3. Helpful (10)

    I rather be in Hell drinking hot coco.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Durham, 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

    A gym and over priced cafeteria.

    Cons

    The pay is not were it suppose to be. Cree treats its employees like crap! High turn around on employees and mangers. Lack of responsibility and work. Very easy to get fired for nothing. Frequent layoffs, always thinking of ways to cut out employees. No hope for advancement. Dead end job. No life outside of Cree. I know people who been here for 8 years and only had a 1.00 raise. Vacation sucks. Please go else where an find a job. One you in you stuck unless you die. Very stressful job never no real time for family.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on the floor with employees and learn about their issues and concerns.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Hard Workers and Innovators Can Thrive At Cree

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities exist at Cree for those that work hard and are willing to stand up for themselves. No doubt you will need to be prepared to go to battle for what you want. The demands are high and employee morale ebbs and flows here.

    Cons

    Low employee morale. Lack of management support. Ask for a lot, but won't necessarily return the favor. High employee turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Value those employees that contribute to the success of the organization. Make sure that systems are in place to support the long term success of the organization by retaining talent.

  6. A decent experience with a good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree

    Pros

    Good company with potential for advancement

    Cons

    Working night shift kind of sucks

  7. Helpful (7)

    No Leadership - who is steering this ship?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Really can't think of any.

    Cons

    Managers are former engineers promoted to "manager" which makes them horrible managers and stale engineers.

    IF you are considering employment here - see the table below. Ask yourself if you want to work for a "boss" or a "Leader". If you want a "boss" take the job at Cree. If you want a "Leader" RUN AWAY as fast as you can.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Cree employees that have been assigned a Managers title (no I won't even call you managers) and you too MR CEO - You all need to print this out and tape it to your foreheads.

    Here are the differences between a BOSS and a LEADER:

         Boss :( Leader ;D
    Drives Employees ....Coaches them
    Depends on Authority ....On goodwill
    Inspires Fear ....Generates enthusiasm
    Says, "I" ....Says "We"
    places blame for the breakdown ....Fixes the breakdown
    knows how its done .....Shows how its done
    Uses people .....Develops people
    Takes credit .....Gives credit
    Commands .....Asks
    Says "Go" .....Says "Lets Go"

  8. Helpful (1)

    I enjoyed the experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Sturtevant, WI
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Sturtevant, WI

    I worked at Cree full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    working with a lot of good people

    Cons

    The 12 hour shifts with all the overtime was at times a bit too much.

    Advice to Management

    treat all employees equally

  9. Helpful (7)

    Cronyism is the norm among management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Really hard working what I would call regular workers that swipe a time card.

    Cons

    Really aggressive and harassing management. Regular employees the workers are the one who makes this CREE really tick but yet there are persons above them who's sole interest is to sandbag and even terminate a worker for really no morally right reason. Word to the wise not because its legal doesn't make it right and it's only a matter of time before the outside world knows what you have being doing to the workers.. What's in the dark must come to light one day and when it does there will be a bright light shining on you all.

    Advice to Management

    What's in the dark about your discriminatory ways shall come to light. While you sit and enrich yourself the common worker is being starved and you make it quite ok to have cronyism flourish within the company. Telling the workers their bonus is $100 while bonuses paid in a quarter is over $16+ million just to management and executives at the. Such greed but its legal so I guess its ok...?

  10. Helpful (10)

    SURGEON GENERAL'S WARNING:Working at Cree causes high blood pressure, extremely high stress, grey hair & wrinkles.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Position Within Lighting Division in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Position Within Lighting Division in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Pros of working at Cree = N O N E.

    Cons

    The list of cons is endless.........

    This company has no high level leadership, managers are weak & spineless - they won't ever stand up for you UNLESS you are one of the "boys", or part of their "inner circle".

    There is no accountability - if you are working on a project with a slacker you will have to do your part and the slackers part.

    If you aren't part of the tight high level circle within lighting, you will be STUCK in your job and you won't make it no matter how well you perform. You will be ridiculed, belittled, screamed at during meetings, and you will feel worthless.

    If you have the desire and can manage to suck up enough to make it into the inner circle:
    * You can do no wrong.
    * You can lose NINE employees on your team within a year and KEEP YOUR JOB.
    * You will be respected and listened to by high level managers.
    * You are allowed to ignore the Cree "values".
    * You can scream and yell at your direct reports, and make unreasonable demands on a daily basis.
    * You can sweep problems under the carpet instead of addressing them.
    * You are allowed to wait until a problem becomes a COMPLETE disaster - meaning the company is about to lose millions of dollars in business OR about to be sued before you have to do something about it. Proactive thinkers this isn't the place for you!
    * Value - "Cree is WE" becomes Cree is ME.
    * Value "Sandbagging will not be tolerated" - What do you call waiting until a problem becomes a DISASTER before doing something about it? Um - hello high level execs - ITS CALLED SANDBAGGING.

    If you are a mechanical engineer, and think plastic is a good heat- sink, work here.
    If you are a quality engineer and think its a good idea to qualify counterfeit electronic components for use in products- work here.
    If you don't want to live long, or desire to have low self esteem - work here.

    High level managers/directors will steal resources & give projects/direction without bothering to talk to their immediate manager.

    One of the recently promoted directors has no people skills and shouldn't be allowed to manage anyone. God help you if you report to this guy.

    You can go from having a good performance review to a "performance improvement plan" in the blink of an eye without any indication of a problem. If this happens to you, they want you out the door.

    Advice to Management

    CEO :
    * WAKE UP and get involved with the lighting group. In the 3.5 years I was there, he never once visited the off site lighting division.
    * He needs to break up the "inner ring" of high level managers that sit around all day and cover each others back.
    * If you sincerely want to FIX the management issues in lighting you need to clean out the high level managers and replace them with people who can manage others.
    * Change the Cree value "If you see something stupid fix it" to DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME.

    High level managers:
    * Start following the Cree values that every one else is expected follow, especially the value "Manage by walking around is not optional" - get out of your office and talk to the people you "manage" instead of sucking up to the high level execs all day.

    Everyone else:
    Get out and find another job before you lose all of your hair, your family, your friends and your self esteem. This place IS NOT WORTH IT!

    The day I left the company I was told by one of the new VPs: "The culture at this company isn't for everybody". Here is my response to you - judging by the number of people who left the company the past six to twelve months, and the high number of those who are absolutely MISERABLE and can't escape:

     "Your culture isn't for ANYBODY".

  11. Helpful (4)

    This job doesn't have many people who are willing to train.

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

    I have been working at Cree

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

    Pros

    This company has great benefits and can be very rewarding when the time is right.

    Cons

    This job doesn't have many people who are willing to train.

    Advice to Management

    This company need to focus on helping the new hire with all the training to all machine in the company .

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