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Cree Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
133 Reviews
2.5
133 Reviews
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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Review Highlights

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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard Workers and Innovators Can Thrive At Cree

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    I enjoyed the experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    treat all employees equally

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at Cree

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Process Development Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Process Development Engineer in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Process Development Engineer in Goleta, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the employees are friendly since you need to confide in someone to handle the terrible work atmosphere. Santa Barbara is a nice place to live.

    Cons

    Management is the worst negative bunch of %#@! I have ever encountered. You will hate life dealing with the overworking under appreciated stress. Management even yells (red faced) at each other before finally taking out their frustration on you and thinking that their stress will make you a fearful better employee. They are delusional which shows up in huge employee dis-satisfaction and ultimately high employee turn around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hurry up and get your cancer or stroke brought on by your stress. At least corporate should wake up to the blinds that this group has pulled over their eyes. Corporate should fire and discredit the entire management, but that would disperse the slime to other companies. Just keep them there and all others should avoid this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Good luck all ye who enter.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Technician III in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Process Technician III in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    The gym is great and was recently fitted with brighter lights. There's a cafeteria on site. Emerging technology that is getting more exposure.

    Cons

    There is no work life balance. If you're on shift work, it's near impossible to enjoy the gym despite all the health and wellness initiatives they've recently been promoting. The cafeteria is overpriced and under portioned. They managed to figure out a legal way to screw hourly employees out of 4 hours of OT every pay period. The pay period is still Sunday to the next Saturday, but they count your hours based on a Wednesday split. I had a paycheck with 95 hours of my regular rate and 5 hours of OT on it because of this absurdity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're not rich enough to do things cheaply. Fix it right and fix it once, don't freak out when something breaks over and over because you're too short sighted to do it correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Just Sad

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits are decent but I got the feeling that would be changing soon.

    Cons

    All I can say is just don't. I got out as quick as I could!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother...they wouldn't change a thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Unusual environment

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

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is solid. Health, vacation, stock options, ESOP. Cree has a cafeteria and gym. They also promote donating to worthy civic causes - blood drive, etc.

    Cons

    As many have mentioned, the work/life balance is inadequate. Most exempt employees are expected to be available 24/7. This includes holidays, weekends and vacations. It is not unusual to be on conference calls, or receive emails that you are expected to respond to, at 10:00 at night.
    As a result, tension is high and there is a high turnover of employees. Interestingly, there is also a high churn rate for supervisors and managers. It appears rare to find a manager holding their position for more than 2 years. They either leave, or are moved to other positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Take a new look at the "Cree Way". It is not working. Many employees - including several managers I have spoken with - mock it.
    2. It amazes me how many long-term Cree employees are unhappy working here. As a company, being flexible is one thing. Working in a chaotic, reactionary environment is something else entirely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Do not board this sinking ship

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI

    I worked at Cree

    Pros

    Some coworkers; benefits; job security

    Cons

    You are not valued as an employee. They value the shareholders. Mandatory overtime with absolutely no appreciation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People have families. They want to spend time with them. They are not robots.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Use and abuse

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, emoployee stock purchase program

    Cons

    no set hours (work until its done) , unequal treatment among employees, treatment of temp employees creates a hostile environment even for full time employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat everyone fairly, if you do something to one person do to all, treat others the way you would like to be treated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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