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Cymer Reviews in San Diego, CA

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
64 Reviews
3.2
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting place to work, lots of opportunity to contribute

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great high tech business, get to work with really bright folks, market leader, now an ASML company, leading lithography supplier, Pace is fast, but typically flexible, depending on status of your project. Expectations are high, but good work is appreciated.

    Cons

    Somewhat inefficient due to struggles of recent buy out, Varied quality of senior management staff. Cyclical Semiconductor industry. Normal risk with any high tech semiconductor equipment supplier,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should stop micro managing. Leave the details to the middle managers and employees, Lead by example providing quality and not just speed. Take on fewer initiatives and changes, but do them well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Equipment Engineer

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

    I worked at Cymer

    Pros

    Great technology, good work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary , below standard training to new engineers, too many level of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide good training to new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Contract Work with Randstad Technologies in San Diego

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    Current Contractor - IT Help Desk in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - IT Help Desk in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Cymer as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Agents, Good Pay Rate, and Flexible Hours.

    Cons

    Not so good at choosing proper employers for client skills, can be misleading when explaining job duties required at employer sites. Poor Benefits.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    engineer

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

    I worked at Cymer

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    Ok pay is paid by company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the paperwork organization

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The work environment is generally positive and fast-paced, experience can depend on your manager.

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

    I worked at Cymer

    Pros

    Interesting technology and work environment was generally positive.

    Cons

    Some managers lack the ability to lead their team well/be in touch with their team properly.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people until you get to the Executive Suite

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    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

    The intelligence and energy of the people make this company a very special place. There is a strong work ethic and desire to do the right thing.

    Cons

    This company is being led by one person, the President and COO who insists on approving everything including simple briefings. If you are willing to be a puppet and let him pull your strings then you will be greatly successful as a leader at Cymer. If you have a mind of your own or any expertise at all he feels threatened and attacks by sabotaging your ability to be successful. When I first joined the organization, I was excited by the vision and the opportunities. That is until my first meeting with the President who let me know clearly that he did not care about my background, experience or opinions. He simply wanted me to do what he told me to do and would not approve anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the damage that one person can make in an organization that has so much potential and do something about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Long hours, current management promotes an environment of mobbing

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

    I have been working at Cymer full-time

    Pros

    - Relatively well paid
    - Some people are really helpful and very willing to be out of their way to help
    - At the center of a dominated industry
    - the company size is small enough for everyone to feel like they can contribute to make changes happen
    - culturally and ethnically diverse
    - a lot of opportunities to get exposures to different technical areas

    Cons

    - Cymer, a much smaller sized organization, is being forced into adapting ASML's big organization's Way-of-Working, which does not work and added way too much paperwork
    - Part of the management created a distrust of management, where people worry about their career future and feeling being taken advantage of.
    - Very long hours (12-hour work day is normal), yet the management or HR does not officially address everyone's over-time by offering means of payment, compensation time off or equivalent.
    - Management created an environment that promotes workplace bullying, where certain groups of people would deliberately, for extended period of time (months to over few years), withhold resources, delay approvals and process, undermine legitimate business interests and secretively allocate resources where they were not approved
    - HR does not hold accountability of their own actions. Such as not impartially protecting the involving parties of their innocence, or not handling criticisms well to address the inherent problems, rather, the criticisms of HR are often dismissed by senior HR members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Address HR's action accountability, currently there is no real organization that could police HR's actions
    - Address the gross over-time issues by offering something in compensation
    - Address Management's protocol to dealing with individuals or groups that repeatedly bully people in need support, since so far, actions are so inconsequential that bullies continue to carry out bullying

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Cymer review

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Cymer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A very good. successful company with cutting edge technology. Real good compensation and bonuses for the whole workforce.

    Cons

    Workload may be too heavy at times.Intermediate and sudden requests to employees to take international trips to solve problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Scientists are respected a lot as they are due. On the other hand SW developers not always get the respect and appreciation they deserve for the effort and the value they add. It may be a real good idea for the management to appreciate the contributions of SW folks and other engineering disciplines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    You are a temp.

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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 (more than a year)

    Pros

    When times are good the money flows. The product is interesting. Very high tech.

    Cons

    The semiconductor industry is very cyclic. When it is down the company cuts staff deeply. Even engineering is wiped out. They build up a new engineering staff every cycle. The cycles are on the order of 3 years. And each new cycle they tell the new comers that they've changed. They say their are turning around their reputation for lay-offs. But you won't be around on the next cycle when they tell the next group the same thing.

    It's a laser company. Physics and optics are king. Engineering is a service organization. Everyone outside the inner circle is a temp.

  11.  

    Best job ever

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenging projects and tremendous high moral

    Cons

    Very fast paced schedules for those of us who are a bit perfectionists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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