Cree Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (8)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  2. Helpful (10)

    Process Development Engineer

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (9)

    Unusual environment

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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Helpful (9)

    Just Sad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (8)

    Do not board this sinking ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Racine, WI

    I worked at Cree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (5)

    Use and abuse

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Accounting Assistant in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, great work hours, laid back setting

    Cons

    could treat temps better, not allowed to holiday functions

    Advice to Management

    none

  9. Helpful (11)

    There are far better options in Raleigh/Durham area then Cree...

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Medical, Dental and Vision benefits are very good, but I have now worked at 4 different companies since I graduated from college and all have been on par with Cree so its not anything special if you already have really good health benefits.
    2) There is an on site gym (main campus only) that is free to all full-time employees and their intimidate family. Gym is equivalent to a Golds Gym (we'll get back to the gym in the cons).
    3) Most managers for exempt employees are good about letting you go appointments and having a schedule that allows you to come and go as needed, but there are cons to this also that will be below.
    4) On main campus there is a cafeteria. Typical cafeteria food but they try to make it a little different and fancy.
    5) There are summer and winter parties every year. Summer party is casual, held on main campus, and has food trucks and free beer, wine, water and soda. The winter party is formal held usually at a hotel in a large ball room. You get one to two drink tickets per adult then its a cash bar. Food is free at both events.
    6) There is a bonus structure in place if the company meets their goals and exempt employees can get stock options. There will be more on this in the cons below.
    7) Compensation is above average but it does not out weigh the negatives.

    Cons

    Where to start...
    1)Going back to the gym. Yes they have one but if you can actually find time to use then you must not have a lot to do at Cree or are some how flying under the radar and haven't been noticed so that they can give you more work.
    2) About the managers being flexible with your time in office and out office...you are expected to be available 24/7, including holidays, weekends, and vacation. Especially if you support manufacturing in China and/or Malaysia.
    3) Oh that bonus...If you are exempt (not including the CEO) you can get a quarterly bonus if the company makes their goals that quarter (only got a bonus twice in the eight quarters I was there and one of those was pity bonus because we had gone 5 straight quarters without a bonus). Non exempt employees and the CEO get a yearly bonus if the company shows growth year over year so if each quarter you don't make your goal but still have growth at the end of the year, Chuck still gets to line his pockets with his 7-8 figure bonus.
    3A) Regarding stocks they are one of a few companies in the area that actually offer stock options. The only problem I had was all my stocks unvested at a price $20 over the current stock price so when some of them get vested (1/3 is vested every year) they were useless.
    4) There is no work/life balance at Cree if you have a meaningful position in the company. Most of those people work 10+ hours a day including weekends. You are expected to be available at night, holidays and vacations. Very few managers (<5%) actually make an effort to try and give their employees time off work just to unwind and recharge but even they run into hurdles and can't keep their promise 100% of the time.
    5) If you are not an Engineer you will find opportunities very hard to come by. Some people with no Engineering background do move up or at the very least get opportunities to work in other departments in a lateral move. However those opportunities are very rare. 90% of all management is filled with Engineers..just let that sink in.
    6) You have to be part of the "good ole' boy" network to not get stepped on repeatedly. If you are not part of this network then your time at Cree will more miserable then normal.
    7) For a technology company they act more like its 1998. They run their manufacturing out of Excel for the most part. They have some software but it's cumbersome and in the case of Oracle they are only using 25% of it's capability. It has to make a lot of home grown software to try and patch together the company. Also don't go into Cree thinking that you can introduce some new software that will make everything better because they will not spend the money (instead they spend it on food and alcohol at two company events).
    8) Also if you see any 4 and 5 star reviews for Cree on this website they are almost always written by Recruiting for Cree or someone that Recruiting asked to write a positive review. Yes they have asked current employees to write a positive review for Cree in Glassdoor.

    Advice to Management

    All of those little sayings that go across your ticker on your intranet need to be re-evaluated. People are looking for a career at Cree not another job but unfortunately this how the senior and middle management treat all their employees. Most people at Cree don't care about the semi-conductor industry. They are more passionate about what they do ie. finance, HR, QC Supply Chain, Customer Service, etc. The research scientist and most the Engineers may have gone to school for this industry but 70% of the rest of your employees, exempt and non exempt did not. If Cree management is not careful the next acquisition may not be them buying someone else but someone else buying them.

  10. Teamwork

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

    I have been working at Cree

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overtime, bonuses, health insurance, 401K, 401K employer match

    Cons

    May have to start on 2nd or 3rd shift

  11. Growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Operations Associate in Durham, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Manufacturing is dying in America -- nice that Cree employees the blue collar worker.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts can be tough

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