Cymer Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
72 Reviews
2.9
72 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Competitive pay and benefits package (in 4 reviews)

  • The machines are cutting edge, and it's possible to get some good hands-on experience in their labs (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Love It!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Culture - Great focus on employees and their families. Multiple events are hosted each year to celebrate employees' hard work and bring people together. The company has a strong desire to give back to the community that is clearly shared by its employees with a ton of volunteer hours each year.

    Management - They are genuinely interested in your career path and progress. They offer a guiding hand without micromanaging and hard work is definitely recognized and rewarded.

    Coworkers - I really enjoy the people I work with in my department and at the company in general. Everyone is very nice and most are easy to work with to accomplish common goals.

    Cons

    Slow adoption to current software and hardware systems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good experience, neat product that nobody has heard of

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer (Engineer III, Mechanical Design)  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer (Engineer III, Mechanical Design) in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    The machines are cutting edge, and it's possible to get some good hands-on experience in their labs. Cymer is a diverse place, the people are smart and there is a generally casual attitude (jeans are normal attire for engineers.) There are opportunities here if you are interested in management roles. Cymer tends to pay well.

    Cons

    Cymer (and ASML, the parent company) rushes their designs too much. The majority of the 'real' design roles have disappeared from Cymer, and are handled by ASML in the Netherlands. I wouldn't recommend Cymer for design engineering experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and design a better product before sending it to customers. Thank you for paying your employees well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technologies, work colleagues and educational opportunities. Company celebrations and moral building cookouts.

    Cons

    Wouldn't need moral building cookouts if the company respected and valued its employees. "What have you done for me lately" mentality from management. Unfair management supported by HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ASML needs to clean house and eliminate Cymer's director and senior director level. ASML already has superior directors making Cymer directors redundant and costly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technology and compensation

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits – Cymer pays their employees a competitive salary, and has a great 401K + medical plan.

    Growth – I started off in a junior position and moved into a leadership role within a year. Cymer hires the best talent in the industry and gives opportunity to grow and expand roles and responsibilities if there is a willingness to work hard and learn.

    The People – I had the pleasure to work with some of the brightest engineers, scientists, and program managers in the industry at Cymer. Most people were willing to teach if there was a willingness to learn.

    Technology – Work on the bleeding edge of technology to enable future technology.

    Cons

    Work / Life Balance – Members of test + integration staff members work long hours at home and abroad. Management sends employees internationally without notice.

    Politics – Lots of infighting between managers. Senior management hordes information and trades it as bargaining chips.

    Culture – Witnessed the GM for a business unit refer to an engineering project manager as the “village idiot” on numerous occasions. The pace is extremely fast with a sharp learning curve and it can be difficult to learn the entire process. If you can become successful at Cymer, you can be successful at most other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to communicate better between departments.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Phenomenal

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People and pay are the pros of this company

    Cons

    could get dry at times are the cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great intern program!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard Workers Rewarded

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer, Senior  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer, Senior in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There is a team environment at Cymer, a sense that everyone contributes something of value to the organization. Those who do not contribute do not last long. Hard work is rewarded with pay increases, bonuses and/or stock options.

    Cons

    When the belt gets tight (cycle tied to the semi-conductor industry) there can be vast layoffs and departments can become seriously understaffed. The organization seems to be top heavy yet upper management seems to be the last place to take any "hits" during layoffs (which does not make for the best overall work environment).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making decisions to lay off employees, cut less from your bottom line and more from your Director/Sr. Manager levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technically competent group of people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging good opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Work too hard bur worthwhile

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Confusing work environment

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    Former Employee - Engineering  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Decent compensation and benefits. Good location and weather.

    Cons

    Weak and confused senior management. Inefficient operations. Politicized and unclear decision making process. Everything requires top management formal approval. New flagship product (EUV Source) release 3+ years behind original schedule. Lopsided work life balance causes burnout and high employee turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Bag of Good & Bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Great technology, good pay and benefits. EUV is separate division controlled by ASML, better run, more opportunity

    Cons

    The Light Source division is run by the old CEO. No-one is empowered to do anything without his agreement. Won't hear any dissent, hence surrounded by 'Yes' men who simply re-enforce his views. Decision making is consequently painfully slow, which makes the customer support extremely difficult for the folks in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management (Light Source Div), empower the employees to actually be able to 'do' what you pay them for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good

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    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electronics Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people , overall good company

    Cons

    cant think of one , overall very good company

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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