Cymer

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Cymer Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
79 Reviews
2.9
79 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • successful company with cutting edge technology (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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    great company

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    • 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 (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
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible management culture. Avoid this company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 2 people 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, Better Colleagues and questionable Politics

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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 (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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Toxic environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manifacturing in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Manifacturing in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (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
  7.  

    Great Company, brief experience.

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked and under managed

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    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 (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck in the 80's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cymer full-time (more than an 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

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