Cree Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
109 Reviews

2.7
109 Reviews
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Cree Chairman, President, and CEO Chuck Swoboda
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71 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Fast paced and constantly changing processes (in 5 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company as a Whole

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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
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    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

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company. LIttle opportunity for advancement...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    its okay

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cree can be so much better..........

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

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

    Pros

    Benefits, pay, and on site gym was nice. They say there are bonuses but I never saw one.

    Cons

    Horrible mid level leaders. They put engineers with no leadership/communication skills into positions where they potentially have 500 employees working for them. Training of the operators is terrible at best and the retention is not great either. This leads to at least 10 new operators a week, with all the time spent training those who quit being wasted. There is no clear path to advance within the company. When asked with the hard questions, the tactic of deflect and defer only lasts so long. It's bad when they don't even answer the supervisors questions. The schedule isn't bad, but when you continually have to work mandatory and double mandatory every quarter and do nothing about changing the issue, is when they look very immature as a company. There is no flow at all within the manufacturing process and "we have always done it this way" mentality is highly prevalent. They do not want to make changed unless something screws up or breaks. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. You can only beat your head against the wall so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Get involved. Cree can be so much better. Make the changes needed or the competition will pass you by. You are not a mom and pop company. Start acting like you play in the pros. Your people are your key. Start listening and making changes or you will lose everyone of worth. When I left it was a ticking time bomb.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Was a good company, wrong management now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Optical Applications Engineer  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Optical Applications Engineer in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people that work on the floor make it a great place, they are the backbone of the company

    Cons

    Trying to get ahead, there is no clear path to move up and when asked about it they give you the run around, I guess that comes from all product is made in China and the do not pay or treat those people well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a real life, clean up the brown nosing HR people, Start making your product here instead of China and quit reengineering other peoples product and putting your name on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Non Engineers are not seen as important or beneficial to Cree's success.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Planner/Scheduler  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Planner/Scheduler in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Above average pay.
    Great gym on site.
    Good benefits.
    Company does a summer picnic (free beer and wine and lots of food trucks) and winter party (black tie event and two alcohol tickets).

    Cons

    Long hours.
    Work seven days a week and all holidays.
    Have to work China's hours as much as possible and only get a break during February for Chinese New Year.
    Since I only have a Bachelor's degree and not in Engineering I am considered disposable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being managers and start acting like leaders. Too many talented people leave Cree every week due to your ignorance and lack of foresight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Process Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Unlimited overtime available and adequate microsoft and JMP software training chooses. On-site gym offers a great opportunity to stay in shape. Outstanding technology as well.

    Cons

    Well, because of the excessive overtime and strict binding schedule its impossible to take advantage of the gym. Management is horrible to put it lightly. Most personnel in management are engineers without management experience and are basically forced to manage and continue engineering tasks. Cree cares nothing of your personnel or family life. Working 60-70 hours a week is the norm for operations and engineering. Cree has the resources to be one of the premiere technology companies in the country but bad practices, poor management, and inadequate training is preventing them from advancing to that status. The yearly Holidays Party is a great event but is basically an event organized for upper management and salaried employees. Operations are still required to work the regular shift or take PTO. Overall Cree basically provides a stable check but make sure you get a nice pay rate coming in the door because raises are honestly horrible and promotions are non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly you can offer all the advice in the world to management but things will not change. Cree makes it obvious that you can be replaced and treats it's employees with little dignity and no respect.

    But here is some advice, change your tactics before another technology company comes to the RTP are and your employees abandons ship. Most already have one foot out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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