Cree Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
110 Reviews
2.6
110 Reviews
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
Chuck Swoboda
70 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Good opportunity to make decent cash on stock options sometimes (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • There's really bad work/life balance and then there's Cree (in 16 reviews)

  • No Work/Life Balance, No Career Development, Poor Managers & Senior Leaders, No Team Work or Collaboration (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Cree was a great place to work with great people. There are amazing things happening at the company.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cree takes good care of their employees. Good benefits, amazing gym on site with classes, basketball and racquetball courts, etc. Also a cafeteria on site. Management was helpful and supportive. Company is growing and part of an exciting new trend in lighting.

    Cons

    This is a manufacturing facility so it is running 24/7. You will have to work some weekends.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great potential wasted

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    Former Employee - Yes  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Yes in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great worker level of people. Technology leader. In the position to make a difference.

    Cons

    Hi-tech business, with old tech programs, policies. Difficult to manage work-family balance. Empowerment is not a value the organization supports. More command and control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The belief that completing a company questionnaire, sitting in 4-5 interviews, having 1 lunch and then maybe 1 dinner can result in the hiring of a rock-star, in lieu of taking a "bleeding blue" 10+ year hi potential employee, developing them and giving them a chance to succeed or fail is misguided at best, disappointing at worst. Making an "investment" in these employees would pay for itself.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stressful work environment, felt like a number not a person.

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    Former Employee - Sales/Cust Service
    Former Employee - Sales/Cust Service

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits ,3 weeks vacation to start, 401K, really good health insurance plans

    Cons

    Very stressful environment, no work home balance, always asked to come in for overtime and stay late without a thank you or any appreciation whatsoever. It's all about the bottom line and making the quarter. They keep stacking up work on your plate until you croak or breakdown. Very cheap company, if they hired a few more people in other positions, it would take a lot of stress of others, but very cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees like numbers! The micro management was ridiculous, there were managers who didn't need to be managers and their chain of command made no sense whatsoever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company as a Whole

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great products, benefits, quarterly and annual bonus (nonexempt) quarterly bonus and annual options (exempt) if internal numbers are met.

    Cons

    Employees mistreated by supervisors, managers and directors, moral is now at an all-time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is directed to senior management:

    - the company values are stated the same but they are not a practice by certain people in different business units including HR.

    - Validate resumes to make sure that people don't lie on them and if they do termination should be followed as company policy states.

    - The HR unit should support management but should not let management railroad and or retaliate on employees when employees bring things to HRs attention about management.

    - If annual internal numbers are met then grant all options to exempt employees not partial options, these are not a part of raises, they are issued instead of annual bonus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sucks the joy out of life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time

    Pros

    Some good people. Pay is par.

    Cons

    Non-engineer's are fodder for the machine. They grind through anyone not a PhD or higher as grist for the mill. Require an enormous amount of your time and if you aren't willing to put in the 50+ hours week in and week out, then you obviously aren't committed to success. Middle management are mostly Engineers who have been favored and have no people skills at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Determine a long term vision and stick to it. Agility is important, but commitment to a goal for more than a quarter builds trust in your employees and your stockholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience with Cree was will educational in many way. The experience working with led lighting was awesome.

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    Former Employee - Produtcion Operator  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Produtcion Operator in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It give you opportunity have some stock in the company. Great pay. Plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    'There were very reasonable and flexiable. Work would slow down in the summer. Pick right up in fall

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Faster paced company going through growing pains

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineerg  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineerg in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    No shortage of demand in sight

    Cons

    Culture still in development with immature management...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must define and develop a culture and feeling of team/family/...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good company. LIttle opportunity for advancement...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is good and the onsite fitness center (free to employees, spouse and children over 16) is a great benefit. The dress is casual and the product is at the bleeding edge for it's industry...

    Cons

    Annual raises are insulting and there is little opportunity for advancement...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value the talent you have within the company or you will continue to lose them...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    its okay

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    strong outlook for the company to grow

    Cons

    poor working conditions for factory employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Cree

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cree

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere with plenty of feedback

    Cons

    Must perform well under pressure

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