Cree Reviews

Updated August 26, 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)

    Cree

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Development Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Development Engineer in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work that has a positive impact on the world. I cared about my projects and daily responsibilities. You can make your mark and impact the way Cree operates. You learn to move fast and get stuff done--the culture is fast-paced and results-driven. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Harsh managerial atmosphere. In R&D business unit, 50hr/week mandatory minimum plus phone calls and email on the weekend. Scientists (PhD) are treated with more respect and have better career progression than Engineers (Masters or Bachelors). Very slow career progression for Engineers. Few opportunities to gain leadership experience.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your high Engineer turnover.


  2. Fab Worker II

    Former Employee - Fab Worker II in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Fab Worker II in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The reason I liked working for this company was good people to work for, good benefits and there was plenty room to advance to.

    Cons

    The downsize was working a 12 hour shift, but I got use to it . And unfortunately I know longer work for this company

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a really great job in my book. Just keep trying your employees like they do matter and have and input in the company


  3. Work-Life Balance and Benefits

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    Former Employee - Finance in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Finance in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cree full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Cree still an innovative place where one's creativity can make a huge impact. Benefits are outstanding. Campus is beautiful, collaboration is encouraged, ownership of problems is expected, meaning find the answers by crossing up and down levels as needed.

    Cons

    Its a manufacturing environment so one has to be tough. Huge difference between managers and non-manager compensation, meaning the gap is huge and almost insurmountable. Go there, learn your craft, if no promotion then leave.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the managers that impede progress and stay with the principles on which the founders built the company. You have inherited many big spenders who want to implement programs that at the end of the day do not bring in revenue or reduce cost.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cree has some of the best on-site amenities that you will ever find and they are open to each and every full time employee along with their families. Cree is a very fast pace moving technology company. Very solid IT, HR team and Legal team. On-site training classes are a huge bonus.

    Cons

    Their is not much growth opportunities from with-in. Expect long working days, expect to work during holidays if your shift falls on the holiday. Required to use vacation time during mandatory or forced slow-down periods.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on work-life balance for mid-level managers. Focus more on positive reinforcement and rewarding of employees who value the company. Look among the inside talent to promote.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great product but all about buisness not people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, free training to better yourself

    Cons

    Work you to the bone, not family structured like it use to be. They just don't care about the people who really make them the money and the hours are crazy. When you work at CREE you better be able to revolve around CREE not your family

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded to suggestions and not feel threatened about there position


  7. Helpful (2)

    Equipment Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Equipment Technician in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Equipment Technician in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If your right out of collage or new to the semiconductor industry this is a good place to start! you will have the chance to work with some really smart people! And will meet some really Good people! you will be constantly challenged to perform above and beyond the call of duty! you will learn the Art of "make it happen Now!" And you Will!!!! you will do "what ever it takes" to get the systems online! and after a few years you will be valuable..(to other company's)

    Cons

    The Company (or the people making the decisions) always seem to be one step behind the Industry!..it wasn't always like this! we never know if were a materials company, a Lighting company or a chip company! The Hours are a little tough at times..12 hrs can take it toll on you. revolving door of people. the bottom line in not always clear!..one minute we need you to work as many hours as possible..then,,stop all overtime and let people go! Seems very unorganized!

    Advice to Management

    it doesn't matter! they wont listen! the decisions start at the top!


  8. Helpful (4)

    Cree

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Innovative

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (3)

    shipping

    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Racine, WI

    I worked at Cree (More than a year)

    Pros

    earning a paycheck, hard work

    Cons

    to much responsibilities for pay, management needs to improve reatly


  11. Helpful (6)

    Cree needs to return to its roots

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good; pay is okay

    Cons

    Senior and Executive Management is poor and continue to line their own pockets without regard to the toxic environment within; quality of products have gone downhill; employees are not valued and deemed replaceable. I would never have thought this could happen. Feel bad for Cree and North Carolina.

    Advice to Management

    Let the founders retake control



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