Cymer Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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Cymer Chairman and CEO Bob Akins
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technology, smart phones would not exist with out them (in 6 reviews)

  • Competitive pay and benefits package (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Lopsided work life balance causes burnout and high employee turnover (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper management has a hard time because the technology is so difficult and changing so rapidly (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, Challenging projects and timelines, ability to work in multiple sub systems and use multiple software thereby increasing your skills rapidly in a short time!

    Cons

    Lately, too much process oriented with more and more documentation required but at the same time too small timelines to complete. Sometimes gets quite hectic to manage depending on how complex and how fast things need to be done.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if upper management took the time and process restrictions along with the challenges of having a small Software group into their schedules better.


  2. Transition

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Culture: lots of corporate events, volunteering in the community Work: potential to make an impact Future: transitioning into a service company which requires fewer but highly skilled workforce. New ceo.

    Cons

    Culture: CYA - you must prove you should stay in the company. Lots of posing, distrust, and silos. Work: not future focused. Only trying to put out the fires at your feet. Hard to get the ball rolling on New projects. Failure to follow through on some projects. Future: no opportunities for growth right now. Not looking ahead to solve future problems.

    Advice to Management

    This technologies are essential to creating technology and helping the world. Individual contributors don't feel this important because of lack of vision. Know your people, grow your people and they will deliver what you asked for and more.


  3. Manufacturing Engineer

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Never a dull moment of new challenges

    Cons

    All all department carry to same load across the company


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  5. Mechanical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great and interesting work. You get training when you require it or when they offer it. There is some travel to job sites if that is of interest. We push the limits of what can be done.

    Cons

    all I can think of at the moment is maybe the pressure to get things done. Also its hard to come in as full time. There are always specific skills they look for so its hard to really prepare for an interview here.

    Advice to Management

    great work


  6. Helpful (2)

    Too many managers, too little doers.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of managers planning for projects (big requestors of powerpoints, schedules, graphs, status, etc.)

    Cons

    Very few actual doers (technically skilled, hands-on and knowledgeable individuals), who are consequently overburdened with work.

    Advice to Management

    Managers who are technically knowledgeable, rather than project gate keepers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Good Technology-No Appreciation for People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Industry leading technology and reputation, once the field has it and fixes it for awhile

    Cons

    Leadership of President is non existent, crossing over to abusive. It's rare that a senior person in the chain of command is there for competence vs. boot licking the President. I've personally observed behaviors that no one would want to see on 60 Minutes....

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the environment and culture created at the top and change it out. It's toxic.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Manufacturing technician

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cymer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Profit sharing bonus is nice but good luck starting at a low level position and getting hired on right away. Many workers are temporary and have been for 5+ years.

    Cons

    Some management personnel are incompetent. Very top heavy company. Bosses can often play favorites and other ethical issues exist. Not big on promotions or paying raises.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Frustrated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    EUV side has a bright future and company appreciates innovation. The San Diego site has a good work environment and events for employees to bring their families. I like the camaraderie.

    Cons

    The merger with ASML (HQ in Netherlands) seems ill managed, with lack of leadership direction, and misunderstandings of how to be effective in US culture. ASML do not seem prepared to handle the global nature of the business in an effective way and do not respect the great knowledge and expertise they acquired.

    Advice to Management

    Get acquired by an American headquartered company next time, or a company that truly appreciates how to operate in a multinational way vs. a centric way.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Scientist

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    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many smart people, not too political, active in the local culture

    Cons

    Time difference challenges with Europe, occasional evening work with customers in the far east, long travel periods

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work but also diversify the compensation and benefits more equally


  11. Helpful (1)

    A lot of very smart folks, but most had only worked there.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    Very cool technology, with lots of technical challenges making the job interesting.

    Cons

    A bit rigid on trying out new ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people in the trenches.



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