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Good work ex when you come out of college.. but NOT worth spending your 20s in a company like this!!

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Current Employee - Process Development Engineer  in  Durham, NC
Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Durham, NC

I have been working at Cree

Pros

1) Critical management comments make you rise up to the occasion each time... that helps in polishing your skills
2) hands on experience were they expect engineers to be on the floor
3) fast management decisions that directly impact company revenue
4) benefits okay
5) In rare occasions your idea can get heard and implemented as long as it is really good!! But do NOT expect this to help you in your annual review (disclaimer)

Cons

1) ZERO work-life balance
2) not a company for a person in their 20s where you need to see the world and have fun... work schedules are like 12-14hours (no extra pay)
3) Pay scales suck.. if you are an engineer or lower you get ripped apart. You are basically a personal assistant to the "scientists". Scientists get paid well and everyone below that are dispensable and dont get paid with market standards.
4) As an engineer you existence and respect is not taken care of. You get yelled at and insulted in group meetings. Makes you wonder if LEDs important or basic self respect in life!! I am a BIG supporter of LED lights but I cant compromise my life and basic well being by working for such sadists.
5) 99% of the time engineer is given the work to move batches and wafers and you need to be higher up to get actual process development opportunities.
6) too much hierarchy in the system ... and you are made to think that if you are an engineer you are above technicians/operators. I am a person who like treating people equally, and I hate to be the bad guy and be mean to techs/operators when things go bad.
7) more visibility to top management when you make a small mistake and ZERO visibility when you do a good thing
8) New engineers start career in night shift. this is the worst shift. day shift passes so many things onto you that you end up staying 12-14 hours everyday. Finally your social/family life suffers. Is this really worth it?
9) The more longer you stay in Cree, the more "powerful" you become. But trust me, you become unmarketable to the outside semiconductor industry if you are an engineer in Cree. Scientists have it different as they own all product development.
10) final line --> AIN'T WORTH SPENDING YOUR LIFE HERE!!!!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Be nice to your engineers at times
- UNDERSTAND that your employees are your greatest wealth and strength. Treat them well and and you will see results better and so will your share holders be happy.
- Learn the manners to be nice so that your people will work harder and be more happy to work for you
- You can pay slightly higher to the hard working engineers and save money by cutting down the CEO's lavish expenditures (esp when we hear a 20-30k $$ spending in ONE trip for flight alone)
- Allow engineers to have some development opportunity.. for God sake!!! You recruit them as "Process Development Engineer" and you make them move wafers for customer orders... what the HELL!!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Learning Experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer II  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer II in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Cree

    Pros

    Lots of work, lots to learn.
    Great place to start a career
    Helpful managers, sometimes annoying but mostly cool.
    Good Quality of work / projects

    Cons

    Work Life Balance will go out-of-whack.
    If you are not a Scientist, growth is stagnant.
    Compensation meager at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please tackle the issue of compensation seriously, employees are seriously under pad for the time / effort they put in.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall positive experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Durham, NC

    I worked at Cree

    Pros

    Interesting place to work. Fast paced, challenging,

    Cons

    Sometimes high pressure and challenging.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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