Cymer Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
74 Reviews
2.9
74 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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Confusing work environment

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

    I worked at Cymer full-time (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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mixed Bag of Good & Bad

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

    I worked at Cymer full-time (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
  3.  

    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 (more than an 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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    I had a great summer intern experience at Cymer.

    Former Employee - Tech Development Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Tech Development Intern in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My project was interesting, complicated enough, and meaningful. Fun intern activities planned. Good sense of belonging.

    Cons

    Would have liked to work with a larger team. Not always easy to get help when needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting technical challenges, dynamic work environment, long hours

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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

    Pros

    Varied work. Opportunities for driven employees. Technically challenging.

    Cons

    Used to have excellent short and long term incentive plans, now more of a paycheck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use incentive plans to retain employees. Staff to improve work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    an ok company but don't expect too much as well

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    colleagues are able to share many informations & experiences so make work much easier

    Cons

    there is no room for promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing because it is already brought over by asml

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great company

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    best place to work and great professional employeees

    Cons

    the meetings every week took up time with no purpose

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut the engineering meetings with Jack

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management culture. Avoid this company.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology.
    Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Mixed up management
    Unorganized
    Too much drama
    Worst tech company I've worked with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company does not promote from within - long standing issue

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    Current Employee - Materials
    Current Employee - Materials

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with in a stressful environment.

    Cons

    Management would rather hire someone from outside and current employees are not given opportunities to advance - long standing issue. There seem to be about 1/2 as many employees needed to support plans. This may be changing in the future, but it doesn't help the current employee base. I can't remember the last time I only worked 40 hours. Long hours needed to tread water.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your current employees an opportunity to grow into new roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, Better Colleagues and questionable Politics

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid company with lots of smart people

    Cons

    Decision making process takes a long time.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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