Cymer Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
70 Reviews
2.9
70 Reviews
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Cymer Chairman and CEO Bob Akins
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49 Ratings

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

  • Lopsided work life balance causes burnout and high employee turnover (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting technical challenges, dynamic work environment, long hours

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    great company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time for more than a 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company, Better Colleagues and questionable Politics

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    • Senior Management
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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 3 years

    Pros

    Solid company with lots of smart people

    Cons

    Decision making process takes a long time.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Toxic environment

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

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

    Pros

    People have passion and desire to do well. They are truly on the edge of technology and one of the only companies in the market doing this type of work.

    Cons

    Tightly held, micro-managed, respect for individuals as professionals is missing, ability to success and think on your own is great hampered by the strong central control of one person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the leaders be leaders. Stop micro managing and creating an environment of fear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company, brief experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer Planner  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer Planner in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Extremely intelligent people to work for. Scientists etc... The product is great and the company just went through a merger and will grow substantially in the next few years. The company will do alot of hiring, however they only hire as contract, and not as a full time permanent employee.Therefore there are no benefits involved.

    Cons

    Poor management, some do not know what they are doing, they have no previous experience managagin people.
    Staff employees do not comunicate well with contractors, they seem to ignore contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn people skills...you get more output from your employees if you ask nicely instead of demanding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great people....too much middle management

    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 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, tuition reimbursement, good pay

    Cons

    Too much middle management, not enough focus on technology upgrades within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to upgrade the technologies used at corporate

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Dynamic Company

    Current Employee - Field Service Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Field Service Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Access to C-level executives
    Ability to work on real issues facing the company
    Autonomy (managers do not micro-manage)

    Cons

    The experience has been great

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