Cymer Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
71 Reviews
2.9
71 Reviews
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Cymer Chairman and CEO Bob Akins
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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
  • 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Over worked and under managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronics Engineer in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Employee events and community work would be the high points at Cymer followed by the technology.

    Cons

    Too many managers and not enough people doing the work. Managers fail to give priority to tasks and when they do it becomes a moving target. Processes are not defined. You have to chase down a VP to purchase anything. They give you a company cell phone and you get calls at all hours. 80% of my job are tasks that do not require an engineering degree. Politics rule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit delivering schedules that can not be met so that employees can concentrate on work and not debating about the schedule. Put employees in tasks related to their strengths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in the 80's

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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

    There is good talent working at cymer

    Cons

    Upper management can't recognized good talent and keep the ones that barely due the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and actually take a look at your surroundings. You might not like what you see.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good friendly work enviorment

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

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

    Pros

    friendly, helpful staff, easy to work

    Cons

    less compensation compared to other companies

    Recommends
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative and Full of learning

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    Former Employee - Hardware Controls Intern  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Controls Intern in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very good and healthy work environment. Fast pace working condition. Good management.

    Cons

    None that i could find

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run now unless you really need the money.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rancho Bernardo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Bernardo, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They were great in the early days. Lots of golden handcuffs in the form of stock options. They were all cut out and then in came the Applied folks. Went down hill through the Pascal days.

    Cons

    Now they are just another semi place with way to many mid and upper management.
    They need to be spoon feed information instead of getting in there and working the issues. Spent more time doing weekly reports than working. They do not implement the best designs, only the ones that barely meet spec and change as little as possible. Their lasers could be much better if they wanted to do the engineering and let the engineers do the work. They waste a lot of material.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue, hire the best and get out of the way. Leave them to do the job and you go around to feed the info upstairs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding for those who make the effort.

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

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

    Pros

    Cymer is working on some of the most advanced technology you will find anywhere. you will never have a problem with work being boring. Hard work and talent does not go overlooked.

    Cons

    Semiconductor industry in general can be very demanding And cymer is definately not an exception to that. at times it can become a little overwhelming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a little to much management at the vp/director level. Could run a little more efficiently by consolidating some of these positions and bringing in more technical people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Micromanagement from the Top Down!

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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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, smart phones would not exist with out them. Pay was good, but atmosphere is not.

    Cons

    They have a beat down mentality. Executive management loves to intimidate you with set up questions. Then they pull the thread and have no trepidation in trying to make you look like a fool despite your talents.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your egos out of the way and let the people get the job done. Delegate and step back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding

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    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

    positive .. great financials ....superior facilities ....challenging work

    Cons

    works hours too long on some programs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people first

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It was a good experience working there

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    Former Employee - Cost Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Cost Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer

    Pros

    It was a wonderful experience to work at Cymer. People are very friendly and smart. The environment is also excellent.

    Cons

    It is a semiconductor company. If you are not an engineer, it is not easy to find a better way for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say Research and Development is essential. However, people who supports the company are also important to the company's growth.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An excellent summer internship experience that I would gladly do again.

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

    I worked at Cymer

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology, well-structured intern program, very involved projects, full involvement with a team, excellent balance of work and fun, ability to creatively implement your own ideas

    Cons

    Red tape, busy and fast-paced work, lack of communication between divisions, older computer software or software licensing situations that inhibit productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The intern program at Cymer is very well-structured and I loved being a part of it. It would be excellent to see it continue to grow.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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