Cree Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
113 Reviews
2.5
113 Reviews
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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73 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 9 reviews)

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Simply a job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality in Racine, WI
    Current Employee - Quality in Racine, WI

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, nice facility and benefits are OK. They start the day you start which is not the norm but nice.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected, not much of a home life. No communication top down and that makes it hard to get anything done. My psychic network isn't always working. The stock holders matter more than the people or even the product. It's all about the dollar, which makes for a very low employee morale. Training is almost non exisistant, so job duties are not clearly defined. It's a mans world at Cree, women don't have the same advancement opportunities in all fields of operation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People matter, the more you run down your employees the lower morale gets. Employees are leaving daily so it makes it hard to get a workforce that can actually make the product. Communicate, communicate, communicate, what can it hurt? Give clearly defined job duties and instructions, nobody likes to work only to CYA. It's a hard place to work, it doesn't have to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great potential wasted

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

    I worked at Cree full-time (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.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time (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
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    What a joke...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good and great learning experience. The operators and techs are fantastic people. They make great LEDs at the expense of employee happiness.

    Cons

    Managers are disconnected with the teams and the company is an organizational chaos. They do not seek to improve on anything that is "working". Don't get paid well for the ridiculously long hours worked. Working 55-65 hours/week are considered normal. If you want to stay physically and mentally healthy, don't work here. There will be no life outside of work either. It seems that company holidays are also not really holidays as you might be required to work during those days. Cree doesn't care about employee happiness whatsoever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to grow as a company, keep employees happy. If employees are happy, the company is happy. The company might grow now, but the organizational mess will catch up eventually.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Last Resort

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Finance in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Performed well during the economic downturn, so instead of un/under-employeed I did have a job. On-site gym, cafe, xmas party, spring picnic.

    Cons

    Don't let any of the pros above fool you into going here. Managment (not just manufacturing management, ALL areas I was in FINANCE) is very much lacking. No people skills, no room for growth (salary, personally, professionally) with of course the exception of your job tasks. I stayed for about 3 years (through the recession, see PROS above) with no real increase in pay but my responsbilities grew monthly. Review process is a joke, you don't really get a job description just a "Do whatever it takes" instruction which in turn makes it easy for managment to nit-pick come review time in order to save $ on merit raises/bonuses. Also, why on earth would a C-level executive provide ANY MEANINGFUL feedback to an entry level employee during the annual review process? answer: MICROMANGEMENT; which is the name of the game here. Since leaving i've had family and friends comment that i'm an entirely new person. Understanding the longer hours if you're a revenue generating/production capacity but even in more admin related positions your manager will FIND things for you to do (NO VALUE ADDED) to make sure that you stay longer. Very little internal upward mobility in finance, and if you actually want to leave and go to another area you may get blocked from doing so (BY A C-Level employee mind you) on the basis that you need to improve in your current posiition (ABSOLUTELY no consideration as to what the employee seeks as far as job/professional growth). Now that the stock is in a downward spiral (people's vesting options are worthless, no reason to stay) you'll see plenty of jobs open here shortly. take my word for it (if possible) AND AVOID THIS PLACE LIKE EBOLA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They're not worried about any advice. I've been in meetings with HR where the glassdoor reviews are mentioned as having an affect on potential hires and the whole issue was blown off, "did you tell them about our strong equity comp?" was the exact reply (C-Suite again). Management is a joke and the current direction of the stock price proves it. TIME TO SWITCH IT UP, BOD.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales/Cust Service
    Former Employee - Sales/Cust Service

    I worked at Cree full-time (more than an 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company as a Whole

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cree full-time (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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sucks the joy out of life

    • 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

    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
  10.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Produtcion Operator in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Produtcion Operator in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Faster paced company going through growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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

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